Monthly Archives: February 2015

Achilles Recovery and Legoland

Legoland: My first challenge since my Achilles surgery is about to happen. We love to take short trips and being in Los Angeles, there is no shortage of wonderful places to visit. My kids have been wanting to go Legoland for a while but I dreaded the walking, standing, and waiting in line pretty much the whole day. This would also be the first true test of the strength and endurance of my Achilles. I already had a game plan and set the expectation for my kids. I told them that daddy will do his best to go through everything and participate on all the rides but daddy may not be able to line up with you and go on all rides. They understood. This made things easier and less pressure on me to perform. They were actually more behaved than previous trips too 🙂

I stayed at the nearby hotel which had a shuttle so I didn’t have to drive to Legoland. The hotel also had its own entrance which was a quick walk away so I can go back after or even take a break back at the hotel if I wanted to.  I knew that wouldn’t be necessary. First, I went to the customer service and inquired about the wheelchair. It cost money to rent it so I passed. It wasn’t like I couldn’t walk but I was just curious. One mistake I made is that I should’ve brought my handicap placard. Had I brought my handicap placard, I would’ve been entitled to a ‘fastpass’ which would’ve allowed me to skip the lines. I actually did think about this but didn’t feel comfortable skipping the lines when I didn’t appear handicap. That’s why I went to inquire about the wheelchair 🙂

The day went smooth. I did feel tight with all the waiting and walking around the hills. I pick and chose my rides and also spent a good time sitting where I could find a nice and shaded bench. My wife was superior. Anytime they wanted to stop to get a drink, she would take the kids. Same with the restroom. Overall, I think we spent the same amount of time at Legoland as we would have when I was fully capable. I was quite exhausted that evening and put some ice on my foot. I had no pain the following day which is a GREAT sign! Can’t wait for my next challenge!

Feb 4 – physical therapy

Starting this month, I changed the frequency to my physical therapy for my Achilles. Until now, I was doing twice a week and now changed to once a week. Several factors played into my decision. First, I still haven’t received a bill. I guess I could’ve asked to see how much I was paying but it never happened do there was an unknown. 2nd, I felt the exercise was becoming routine and I was able to do almost all the exercise at home – just needed discipline.

The good thing about going to the physical therapy center was being made accountable to make sure I was doing all the reps and doing the right. I could also ask the therapist to make sure I was doing it at the right form to avoid injury.

From here on, instead of going twice a week, I will attend therapy every Wed. So far so good!