Friday, March 15, 2013

The long road to recovery



    Having been an athlete in the past, I understand what injuries are. Some are small, some are nagging and then some are big, or shall I say shitty. I was fortunate enough to never experience the 'shitty' injuries, just broke a few bones here and there and rolled my ankles but nothing major. Up until November, I always thought that a torn ACL was the worst an athlete could suffer but seeing Shaun's Achilles first hand, I think an argument could be made that they both are equally devastating. And not in the searing pain of the actual injury way but in the long rehab one faces after the fact. Shaun was reading an article on Derek Jeter about his recovery from breaking his ankle and how he described it as 'learning how to walk' again. Sounds dramatic, I know. But there really isn't any better way to sum it up. So in agreeance with the Yankees skipper, Shaun has had to learn how to walk again. Only this time, with a tighter tendon, overall less mobility and with a calf that has not seen use in months. I won't lie and say it has been all rainbows and butterflies, but after 4 months of constant re-hab and activity, he has started jogging again. And not just jogging anywhere, but jogging on the soft sand at the beach. Sure, every morning he limps for the first few minutes until the tendon warms up and stretches out, but to be able to run again is such a great reward for all the hard work he has put in. He is progressing almost daily and most say that this time is when progress is most visible. I have already caught him jump shooting and we are secretly hoping the surgeon replaced his Achilles with someone else's that was an incredible jumper so that when Shaun jumps of his right foot, many will refer to him as the new Jordan, only white. And only off his right foot. So I guess that is not really like Jordan-esque at all. Or, even better, in 30 years Fein will be the new Jordan. But in the meantime, I am going to take advantage of this time and go for runs with Shaun since I am sure this may be the only time I can beat him. In other words,  I will strike while the iron's hot since knowing Shaun, it won't last long.

{Not bad when this is your view while rehabbing}




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