I’m 44, very physically active (was…sigh), and am still in a bit of shock. My story begins on the morning of March 4, 2015. After an intense session of weightlifting the night before, I was attempting to push start my Mini Cooper. The battery had been drained by a safety feature they have in Europe that, for some reason, was added to my American car. Leave the turn signal on when the car is off, and a tail light stays on to punish you. No warning light or chime in the car, of course (to save weight, a friend suggested. It is a Cooper S, after all.) Very safe, that feature. Not the first time I’ve accidentally drained my battery, but the last time I’ll push start a car in this life.
When it happened, it felt like a steel cable snapping in my body. I heard it. But that feeling…. I had this TWANG! reverberate through me. I didn’t feel any pain near the heel where it had apparently snapped, but the top half of my calf screamed. And so did I. That’s the way it was for me, anyway, and I knew instantly what had happened. The way my foot dangled uncontrollably from my leg was an additional clue (though I held on to the hope that it was a muscle tear. Nope.) Goodbye, right Achilles tendon, my ability to drive, and my independence.
Just before it snapped, I had a vision of my ankle in my mind (I still can’t believe it) and the thought that I shouldn’t be doing what I was doing. I even tried shifting my position to put less stress on the ankle, but the safer position made it impossible to control the car. I switched back, and moments later, kaboom! Next time I’ll trust my intuition. I pray there is no next time with the Achilles tendon. Apparently, like car headlights, one goes out the other wants to follow. Groovy.
Like many others who’ve gone through this, I’ve decided to write a blog to share my experiences. Though my personal doctor and orthopedic specialist were very helpful, their time is limited and it’s hard to think of questions during the initial shock. I was so dazed when I met them, I can barely remember our conversations. I’ve found the blogs and information on Achilles Blog to be the most helpful so far. Assuming you’re here because you’re going through the same thing, that is the place to start.
Good luck to you!