Gordon's Sk8er Boi Blog

My adventures as an adult male figure skater in Tucson, Arizona Portland, Oregon Chandler, Arizona.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Clawing My Way Back

Okay, so that title is a little overly-dramatic.  I skated for 30 minutes today at the Chandler adult skate.  I saw Danette and Hannah and best of all, coach Lynne!  We had a nice little chat as I was getting my boots on (she had just finished Hannah's lesson).

So, today was a bit better than last week.  I did more alternating half-swizzles forward and back, and then graduated into actual stroking.  No real pain, mostly some discomfort from the boots but really not an issue.  Slow but steady progress.  I need more ice time but right now I don't want to be on a crowded FS session.

Next week... crossovers?

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Me + Ice

I skated today for the first time since my injury!  I skated for half an hour at the Chandler adult skate.  Nice ice as usual and just 4 skaters.  It was nice to see a couple of familiar faces (Danette and Kaisey).

I kept my expectations and efforts low-key.  I mostly did swizzles, half-swizzles forward and back, and then just a little bit of stroking and 1-foot glides at the end.  I wore my freestyle skates.

No lie, it was a bit scary at first.  And of course, I'd forgotten how much boots can hurt when you haven't worn them in a while.  This is the longest I've ever been off the ice since I started in 2003.

As for my ankle -- basically okay.  It did feel a bit weak when trying a 1-foot glide on the left foot.  Yuck.  There will be a long way to go.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Ankle Update

[Sorry to be so tardy with this update]

I had fresh X-rays taken 10/3 and met  with my doctor 10/6.  The radiologist report says it's healing normally now.  Dr. Fiel says I can wind down my PT and once I'm done I can return to the ice, taking it slow at first.  No jumping/spinning 'til I can jump off-ice with no pain.

My tentative plan is to wind down my PT by the end of the month or so, then start back with figures and basic stroking.  I hope to return to lessons the first or second week of November, though I might put power on hold for a bit.

It's been a long struggle and I'm impatient but I'm almost there.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Ankle Update


I had a followup appointment today with my doctor.  News is mixed.

On the positive side, physical therapy is helping a lot.  My ankle is stronger, range of motion is almost normal, and swelling is minimal.

On the negative side, there is still quite a bit of looseness in the joint, there's still a significant amount of pain at times, and worst of all, x-rays show that while there is some healing of the fracture, the break is still "significantly visible" (if I remember correctly).

So my doctor is going to have my PT do some bone stimulation, and we'll continue physical therapy.  More X-rays in 3 weeks and another followup appointment in 4 weeks.

I'm concerned, upset and frustrated. ARRGH.  But, it is what it is and all I can do is follow my doctor's orders and try to be patient.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Ankle Update

I've had 9 PT appointments and a followup visit with my doctor last Tuesday.

The good news is that I've regained most of my range of motion, and balance is improving.  The bad news is, based on the X-rays from 2 weeks ago, healing of the bone is not as far advanced as it should be.  There's still a fair amount of swelling, some pain, looseness in the joint and a lot of weakness.  I also notice I've lost a lot of muscle mass in the left calf. Geez!

The plan is 1) continue PT for another couple of weeks or so, 2) followup X-rays in 2 weeks and 3) back to the doctor in 4 weeks.

So this is all taking longer than I'd like... but it's getting there. The good part is I have a great doctor and a great physical therapist who understand I want to get back to skating, not just walking.  We'll get there.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ankle Update

I had a followup appointment with my doctor today, 5 weeks out from my fall.  The good news is that my ankle is healing well.  As of today I don't normally need to wear the boot unless I'm going to be walking a lot. Otherwise an ankle brace will suffice.

I've been prescribed 3 weeks of PT (3x/week) so back to Athletico I will be going, starting tomorrow.  And, followup xrays this week (last xrays were 3 weeks ago).

I will be going back to the doctor 8/9 for a followup which hopefully will pronounce me good as (almost) new.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Fractured Fibula

Well, crud.  Yesterday's fall was worse than I'd hoped.  X-rays at urgent care say I've fractured my fibula (that's the bone on the outside of the leg) in two places.  Grr.  The good news is that it's not a weight-bearing bone and should heal just fine.  I need to do a followup with my primary care and an ortho but at this point I will be off the ice for a while. Grrr.