It has been more than 2 weeks since my last blog post. That’s because I suffered a complete rupture of my Achilles tendon during badminton. How awful is that!…sob sob. Had to go for surgery to fix it back. I am a lot better these few days. But it’s going to be a long healing journey before I can get back to badminton.
The doctor told me it would be at least 10 weeks on crutches!! 10 WEEKS?? That sounds like a death sentence to me! Not only that. I need lots of physiotherapies. That would probably be about 6 months altogether to work my tendon back to peak performance before attempting badminton again. That’s so sad! You know how challenging it is to keep an active person at home? But there’s 1 way….KEEP SMILING! At least I have a piece of very good, comforting news. My surgeon told me that my ruptured tendon will be stronger than before and little chance of rupturing again……phew….*BIG BIG smiles*.
When my girl saw the crutches, she was amused. She said they look like they are for kids…..haha. True enough when I went back to the hospital for follow-up check, I met other people on crutches and their crutches are so long….haha. I won’t go anywhere near them. I think I only come up to their shoulders…..haha
The Achilles tendon is fibrous tissue that connects the heel to the muscles of the lower leg: the calf muscles. It’s the biggest and strongest tendon in the body. Contraction of the calf muscles enable our feet to stand on our toes, walking, jumping and running. Please read up more at Everything About Achilles Tendon.
I hope my experience will raise awareness of Achilles tendon rupture, whether partial or complete. It can happen to anyone. But it does happen more often during higher impact type of exercises like running, badminton, squash, football and tennis because of the way the feet move.
I was told by medical staff that it can even happen when you walk up the stairs. Wow…that’s scary! A friend told me that her friend suffered a complete Achilles tendon rupture while skipping rope. It can happen during the activity itself or within 1 hour after that.
Just the other day at the hospital, I met a man in the Fracture Clinic. He suffered from a complete Achilles tendon rupture when he bent over to pick up a tennis ball! Another lady told me that her husband who is very fit also suffered from a complete Achilles tendon rupture when his leg went into a hole while playing casual football in a park. Achilles tendon rupture is a common injury. It can happen to anyone. So I really hope you read up more and learn how to take care of yourself before anything unfortunate happens, like me.
I took up badminton about 4 years ago, playing from once a week, gradually up to 3-4 times a week. Never turned back. I have been very disciplined and committed to it whether rain, wind, sun or snow. As I look back, I’m really happy to say that my stamina, skill and fitness level have risen to a significant, good level. I’m also more focus more mentally alert and also more efficient in the things that I need to do. But why did my Achilles tendon rupture? I don’t know. I think I didn’t do enough warming up before the game that day and also my badminton shoes should be changed more often for better cushion.
My cousin is a very good badminton player. He represented his university during his days there. And I remember he once told me that his Achilles tendon ruptured completely and he was on crutches for several months. I just couldn’t imagine how serious that was. And I never bothered to find out.
Then last month, one of our badminton friends suffered a partial rupture of his Achilles tendon. He didn’t realise how serious it was and went home without going to see the doctor. The next day, it swelled and he was in severe pain. He went for surgery eventually. Yet, I didn’t bother to find out more.
Most unfortunately, 2 weeks ago, I became the latest casualty. I was enjoying my last game, last 5 minutes, playing doubles when suddenly I heard a loud ‘pop’ as I ran to my right to pick up the shuttlecock. I thought the floor beneath me gave way! I looked down but there was nothing wrong with the floor. I knew something had gone badly wrong. I limped to the side, felt like blacking out so I lied down. I felt the area behind my right ankle was every soft. OH NO!…my Achilles tendon has completely ruptured!!
The sports club first aiders came running with ice packs which helped to minimise the pain and also called the ambulance. At the A&E, the diagnosis confirmed my fear…complete rupture of my Achilles tendon! The doctor told me I need surgery to get it fixed. But unfortunately there was no place available as there were other more serious surgeries going on. But she will contact me as soon as possible. She said it would be 1-2 days time. As long as the operation is done within 2 weeks, it’s fine. My leg was put in cast to prevent movement, given 2 crutches, taught how to use them and was sent home.
Now, back home, I keep telling myself I need to stay strong and keep smiling. My family trusts me and confident that I will figure out how to keep myself occupied and happy. Nothing can be more right…..*wink*.
The next day, the weather was very good….sunny and warm. My family decided to do a BBQ in our backyard to cheer me up…..yay! I enjoyed it very much. The food was just SO good!….mmm. It sure helped me to forget about my suffering for a while….*smiles*.
I still love my BBQ set, bought since we came here. It uses gas and is perfect for a small family. You can easily put the grill on any small table top and the gas cylinder on a small stool next to it. The gas heats up the volcanic rocks beneath the cast iron grill which in turn cooks the meat. It is really easy to set up, to cook, to wash and to keep. You can cover the food as it cooks. In this way, it retains the heat and the food cooks well instead of getting burnt before it’s cooked through. It doesn’t occupy a lot of space in my store room too. I bought this from the gas supplier shop, Calor.
My daughter prepared some chicken and vegetable kebabs. I must say they were fantastic. Never tasted anything better! She really surprised me with her cooking skill.
I love the hot and spicy chicken wings too. These are just bought ready marinated from the supermarket. They are spicy, juicy and tasty. With all these good food, I think I must have forgotten about my leg injury, at least for a while….*grin*.
That evening itself, I received a phone call from my surgeon to get admitted early the next morning. I was operated on that very afternoon. The hospital staff was very helpful and friendly. I was warded into a single room…phew…so happy. It was very clean. After operation, my throat was dry and a little sore. The only food that I wanted was red grapes. It was so delicious and so soothing to my throat. Sad to say, I didn’t like the lunch served the next day.
This is lentil soup. It was delicious but a little too peppery which hurt my throat.
This dish of chicken and rice looks delicious but I didn’t have any appetite for it. I only ate a few spoons. The grapes tasted better!
The next day I was home. It was definitely not a pleasant hospital experience. I mean who wants to go through surgery! I was just so happy to be back.
Back home, the days actually passed by quite slowly because I was in pain, bearable though. I had to sit or lie down most of the time as I had to prop up my leg to prevent swelling. My family was very strict with me. It was hard not to be able to do the things that I love to do. Friends called me or came to visit me to cheer me up. I feel so touched by their care and love. All the emails, messages, awesome food and flowers were more than enough to bring big smiles onto my faces. I have friends who asked me to stop playing badminton after I recover. OH NO! That’s quite like asking me to stop breathing…haha. I appreciate their good intention.
On top of that, my youngest daughter surprises me every now and then with her cooking. Actually she shocked me! She hardly cooks but she made some real nice food for me. The chicken kebabs for BBQ above was one of her creation.
As I mentioned before, my family loves the Scotty Brand potatoes, produced in Scotland. My girls say it’s the best potatoes. If you haven’t tried it, you really got to try. I think at the moment it’s only sold in Scotland. One evening my girl made mashed potato with chicken in a beautiful gravy. It was just delicious! You will see that there’s no vegetables. That’s because she doesn’t like vegetables…..*sigh*. However she made fresh juice…..mmmm…..refreshing and delicious. That’s her substitute for vegetables! Have to accept that, right? She barred me from the kitchen so I have no choice. Otherwise I may still find a way to cook a simple dish of vegetables….*wink*.
Another day, she told me she wanted to cook gammon for me to try. I think I have only tried gammon once which was cooked in a slow cooker by a friend. That must be about 8 years ago. It was very delicious. This gammon dish that my girl cooked is also very delicious. The only problem for me is that it’s a little (only a little) too salty for me. But with the mash it’s perfect. The sauce is just so good. Looks like I need cooking lessons from my girl…… *grin*
Oh, I was really surprised to receive a few packs of Scotty Brand strawberries when I got back from hospital. What a gift! They were so fresh. As I didn’t have appetite, I find fruits most welcoming. The bright colour and the ‘heart’ shape when you cut them into halves is enough to cheer me up. I must say the timing was just perfect. I will be sharing with you in my next post all the fun that I had with the strawberries. You won’t want to miss that. I tell you, I am just so proud of myself to do some simple cooking even on crutches……..*big smiles*.
Wait, one more thing that I’m really thankful. You may think I must have been really bored the past 2 weeks. NO, I was not. I fully enjoyed the French Open Tennis and also the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration. The French Open comes to an end today, sadly, but then Wimbledon is just round the corner and then there’ll be the Olympics to watch. After watching so much tennis, I think I want to take up tennis when I recover. It looks so fun!
Wow…I am so happy to have finally come to the end of this post. It took me so long to write. I could only manage to write a short section a day. It’s hard to sit not being able to put my legs down…..*sigh*. My back feels tired. But I don’t want to miss blogging. Now I think bloggers can be quite crazy. But that’s just because we just love blogging. It’s so much fun. I also love visiting blogs. Had not been doing so lately. Hope to catch up soon. There’s so much fun things to read and learn from other bloggers!
Till then, see you in my next post.
Quote of the day……
“One who fears failure limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again.”
- Henry Ford