Next 3 months . .
Posted Nov 4, 2020 by Caroline Rand
Hi Everyone! CG here just checking in with everyone :)
I am still going strong on PT, 3 days a week and seeing my chiropractor 1 day a week. Four days out of the week are dedicated to recovery. Its a grueling process, but I am staying consistent and giving it all I got to make sure I get things done and done the right way.
My surgeon said in the next 3 months I should be back to jogging. It seem's so FAR away from now but am keeping things one day at a time instead of trying to look so far down the road.
Thank you ALL for continuing to call, text and email to check on me and see how things are going. Knowing this Community is still rallying behind me means a lot!
See you all soon,
Post Op Surgery Visit #3
Posted Oct 28, 2020 by Caroline Rand
Hey Everyone! I had my 3rd post surgery visit today and got a more defined timeline of next steps.
I am officially crutch FREE (Wooohooooo) and wearing my lace up brace when moving around. My walking is with a limp because the brace is tight to only allow so much flex in my achilles as we are still getting it stretched as my body adapts to fully weight bearing again. The doctor said that over the next 2-3 months the limp will get less and less and my gate/range of motion increases once my repaired achilles heals more and loosens up.
Whats next? I am continuing my PT 3x a week and we are still strength training, my number one focus is rebuilding calf strength to support the achilles. I should be back running in 3 months (at the 6 month total mark). I go back to the doctor for another follow up in 2 months to assess the progress.
I am still in pain daily because my body isn't use to weight bearing just yet. But I am keeping on my exercise homework and sticking to the plan to get myself back to where I was.
THANK YOU for the support and I cannot say this enough, I would NOT be here without each and everyone of you!
Posted Oct 22, 2020 by Caroline Rand
Hi Everyone - I hope you are all having a great week so far! I am hanging in these days. The past 2 days have been tough, but sticking with the rehab. We started strength training recently and now that I am out of the "Boot", the ankle brace has opened the door to new sensations / movement that I have not felt in a while. So while being out of the boot is great , now I am sore more often with the added mobility and range of motion.
Next post surgery follow up date is Oct 28th, and I will get the next steps on my recovery!
Thank you all for the support!!!!!!
Posted Oct 12, 2020 by Caroline Rand
Hey Everyone! I hope you all had a good weekend and were able to get outside and enjoy some of the weather.
It has been some time since my last update on here and a lot has been going on, in a good way!
I am officially out of the BOOT and into a lace up brace that I have to wear full time along with being down to 1 crutch.
Physical Therapy has ramped up as well and today we started the strength training portion of my rehab recovery. So this means assisted squats, and barefoot weight bearing movements. Wear e not rushing things by any means and making sure to go only as far as my body can handle it.
The amount of love and support from each of you and this community has been a dream come true and shinned so much light onto this dark time. I appreciate each of you!
See you next week with another update, I still have a long way to go, but I am on my way!
2 months, 1 crutch + MOVING FWD
Posted Oct 6, 2020 by Caroline Rand
October 2nd was 2 months since my injury and I honestly can't believe it. I know its still a long road ahead, but the more important thing is that I AM moving forward in the right direction.
I am officially down to one crutch and no more BOOT! I am not in a lace up brace + 1 crutch for the time being and I have my 3rd post surgery appointment on Oct 26th to continue to get next steps. I am not trying to live for a specific timeline, but more so focusing on mini goals along the way.
Thank you ALL for the support!
Controlling the Controllable
Posted Sep 28, 2020 by Caroline Rand
New Week, New Start and a New week of PT Rehab!
Starting next week I will begin strength training to build muscle and muscle endurance back up on my left side. This is very exciting to make more progress, but also scary as hell!! Thus far we have been working on range of motion exercises and movements as we slowly stretch my achilles tendon back out.
This past weekend I was reflecting and I was thinking of how long the recovery process is and not to rush things and I wanted to share this thought I have.
"Don't be focused on the end date, focus more on the journey and what you can do to make the journey the best possible..the finish line will get closer on its own".
Have a great week!!!
2nd Post Surgery visit and update: Moving FWD
Posted Sep 24, 2020 by Caroline Rand
I had my 2nd post surgery visit yesterday at the surgery center and here is the latest update!
I started with 2 wedges in my boot on 8/24 to keep my foot in a plantar flexion position (pointing downward) , and 2 weeks ago I removed one of them which lowered my foot a bit more and yesterday we removed the last wedge, so now my foot in in a 90 degree position inside of the boot. I am not weight bearing without the boot at this point. But, this is another step forward in the process. Every time I transition to a new step the pain and discomfort from stretching the repaired achilles gets more and more gnarly.
I caught myself getting a little down and out because of that, but like my PT reminded me - "the discomfort is because we are making more progress forward". SO that helped get me back on track. I am a positive person and motivated normally, its just in my DNA - but I do get down and lose motivation sometimes just being real with you all so that reminder that I am moving forward, even though its small steps is still forward progress!
Thanks for all the continued check ins and well wishes! We are truly STRONGER TOGETHER!
You all mean so much to me!
Posted Sep 22, 2020 by Caroline Rand
THANK YOU for everyone supporting me! I just wanted to make sure you all know how much it means to me to have your support through out this process!
I have my second post op surgery appointment later this week, so I will be posting another update soon!
Have a great week and thank you all :)
Posted Sep 20, 2020 by Caroline Rand
Hope you are all having a great Sunday and great weekend so far.
Tomorrow starts another week (out of many other weeks to come) of PT and I am going into it with a positive mindset, focusing on the week to week and not the overall big picture.
Thank for the calls / texts and messages this past week checking in on me. I appreciate all of the support!
Trust the Process.
Posted Sep 17, 2020 by Caroline Rand
I had a realization earlier and I wanted to share with you. I fell into one of those moods when I was doubting my body, the recovery, my mind and the overall process. Then out of nowhere I got an email from someone thanking me for giving THEM motivation to keep fighting their own battle. That right there stopped me in my tracks and felt like a reality check for me.
I looked back on my own timeline and realized it's been over a month since my injury and over a month since surgery, I was so hyper focused on my day to day I never stepped back and looked at the big picture. This gave me an energy I had not felt in a long time and made me realize that even though I am no where I want to be, I HAVE made good progress so far and to trust the process!
Wishing you all a strong and great rest of the week! We will talk soon :)
How do you choose to show up?
Posted Sep 12, 2020 by Caroline Rand
I have been trying to get myself into a daily routine to exercise my mind and keep focused on my daily/weekly goals. One of the questions I ask myself each morning is how will I choose to show up today, and not just for myself but showing up for others as well. You never know who needs a little push or motivation because we all have things we are working towards. Choosing to show up for your self in a positive mindset will lead to positive actions. It's easier said than done an dI know this fro daily experience with it. But trying and putting in the effort is more important than always having to nave an answer. One step at a time!
Thank you for continuing to support and follow along with my recovery journey - I would not be able to get through this with out you!!!
Posted Sep 8, 2020 by Caroline Rand
Wanted to share a big THANK YOU to each and every one of you! I was reflecting a lot this past weekend and thinking about from the time I had this injury until today and realized immediately none of this recovery could have happened the way it has been if it was not for YOU!
This is week 3 of PT, and I have a second follow up post surgery appointment in 2 weeks! More updates to come!
1 Step Forward at a time .
Posted Sep 6, 2020 by Caroline Rand
Checking back in and seeing how you all were doing? Tomorrow I start week 3 of a long road back to recovery. It has been challenging to say the least.
Honest Hour - I have been struggling the past 2 days, I felt like I was keeping spirits high and then all of a sudden .BOOM, sadness and frustration took over. I felt like my fight was almost at its end, I was angry about everything, did not feel motivated at all. I had to let myself work through those emotions, because it reminded me that this is a journey and not just about the destination. So through that I was able to get back in the midst of fighting through these ups and downs and I feel much better not going into week 3 tomorrow!
I know this was all over the place, but I needed to get these thoughts out and share with you all. I hope each and every one of you enjoy the rest of this weekend!
Posted Sep 1, 2020 by Caroline Rand
As I start week 2 of PT I am realizing my biggest opportunity is going to be keeping my mental game just as strong as my physical.
I have a mental block when it comes to trusting my body again so in my sessions I have to constantly remind myself "its ok CG, you can do this". It's a weird concept but it feels like I am learning how to use my leg all over again. I felt the ground, as in skin to floor contact for the first time since 8/2. Just that sensation alone was crazy and emotional.
I am taking my PT very serious and trying not to be too hard on myself and remember this recovery is a marathon and not a sprint!
Sunday Check in!
Posted Aug 30, 2020 by Caroline Rand
I wanted to hop on here and say I hope you all are having a great weekend and enjoy this beautiful day! You make a difference to me and many other people whether you realize it or not. Thank you ALL for this support :)
Much Love and gratitude,
I start week 2 of PT tomorrow so more updates to come this week on my journey to recovery.
First week of PT
Posted Aug 28, 2020 by Caroline Rand
Happy Friday everyone! I have completed the first week of many with Physical Therapy. One of the first things I realized is that this is not only going to be a uphill battle physically, but emotionally as well.
The little movements or my foot / leg / ankle that we are working on are incredibly challenging to complete. But I am reminding myself that this is just the start, only way from this point on is FORWARD! One session at a time is how I am getting through each week.
Thank you for the continued support and well wishes. The shout outs, the texts, calls are giving me the strength to push through.
Day 1 of PT
Posted Aug 25, 2020 by Caroline Rand
Day 1 of PT: Yesterday was very emotional for me so I wanted to share this with you all. 10am yesterday I got my cast off and was cleared to start PT which was later that afternoon. I have been laying on my back / side for the past few weeks so for the first time since 8/2 I got to ‘move’ and start to feel my body again. We started slow/controlled getting my body use to moving again. No activity for almost a month takes a lot out of you and it’s crazy how the body changes. At first I was frustrated w/ myself becsuse I couldn’t do things as before. 1 push up felt like doing 100. But I had to check myself and be proud of this progress thus far because everything counts. Thank you ALL for the continued support.
Post op from Surgery Visit Today!
Posted Aug 24, 2020 by Caroline Rand
Hey everyone - This morning I had my post surgery follow up at the surgery center. I got my cast removed and the stitches from my heel were taken out. The stitches on the main incision are going to dissolve on their own. I was also placed back in the orthopedic boot for the foreseeable future(much rather the boot than the cast). Last, they told me the healing looks good so far and I was given the Green Light to start PT. My first appointment is this afternoon!!
Taking things one at a time and setting small goals week to week. I have said this before and I will continue to say it, THANK YOU ALL for the love, shout outs, calls, texts, emails and much more. I really could not get through this all without your support!
Posted Aug 20, 2020 by Caroline Rand
If you have ever taken my class, worked out with me or just hung out with me you have probably heard me say things about stepping outside of your comfort zone or comfortable being uncomfortable. I truly believe that and having this injury has allowed me to once again experience it first hand.
I recently sat down for a Podcast interview and had a chance to talk about my injury, how it has effected me mentally as well as physically and much more. I have never had an interview before nor did I know what questions would be asked or what to expect. If you have some free time check it out and let me know what you think. Big shout out to Mike and the team at Big League Performance and Rehab for having me. (@bigleagueperformanceandrehab)
Listen to "Move the District" Episode 012 w/ CG on Apple Podcasts.
Thank you for your continued support, donations, shout out's and well wishes. I really couldn't get through this without each and every one of you :)
Start of the week, but also 7 Days . .
Posted Aug 17, 2020 by Caroline Rand
Hi Everyone! I am at home trying to bring some normal to my day to day by getting my mind moving and on some kind of regular schedule. I have 7 days until I go back to the surgery center for my post op appointment. Fingers crossed the healing process is going well and I will get out of this temp cast, and back into the BOOT - but most importantly I will be cleared to start seeing a PT! I know its no where near being done but every little "next step" is a WIN for me.
Thank you ALL for the continued support and reaching out to me through text, email or whatever - I appreciate all of it! We will get through this because we are truly #StrongerTogether. Sending you all a big thumbs up and good vibes right back!
Rest / Recovery
Posted Aug 14, 2020 by Caroline Rand
Today is Day 3 out from surgery and I am on rest and recovery. The pain meds from surgery have officially worn off and the pain and discomfort is back in full force. I have my post op appointment on 8/24 for the doctor to see how my body handled the surgery and find out "next steps" and a better idea of timeline on starting PT/Rehab. I am working on keeping my upper body strong and working out what I can in a safe manner from the waist up at least.
In the meantime I will be working from my laptop and posting on my Instagram (Forever_cg) about different ways I am going to stay connected with everyone through Training / Coaching, just a little different than the traditional way.
This community having my back is helping me push through the pain and discomfort and keep moving forward! Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or just to say what's up :)
Day 1, After Surgery
Posted Aug 13, 2020 by Caroline Rand
Hey Everyone! Yesterday I had my Achilles repair surgery and things went great according to the staff. I was heavily medicated on pain killers so I was not very coherent. I got home at around 1045a and slept for 8 hours! Needless to say I am glad that surgery is over.
Now starts the real work, recovery & rehab! I have my post op surgery appointment in 12 days so my job now is to rest and recovery and heal from surgery. Even with the pain medication I am taking at home the pain is super intense. I am not sure if my body is getting use to the meds or what, but let me tell you . . its a struggle. But, I got this, and with you and the rest of this community behind me, WE got this! Thanks for the check in's because they help me get through each day.
Posted Aug 13, 2020 by Caroline Rand
Surgery went great for CG earlier today. He has been resting and is excited to give you a more detailed update tomorrow!
He wanted everyone to know how grateful he is for each and every one of you!
Posted Aug 11, 2020 by Caroline Rand
Tomorrow 8/12/20 is the big day, SURGERY. I go in at 6am sharp tomorrow to get things started. I have been researching Achilles surgery and looking at pics / videos to get an idea of what I will be getting myself into, which I am not sure was a good idea or not. lol. I can't thank each and everyone of you enough for donating, sharing, commenting, emailing, DM'ing, calls / texts and well wishes I have received thus far. This community is showing up for me in a major way and I am forever grateful!
I will post another update after I have some time to recover after surgery tomorrow. Have a great Tuesday everyone!!
Posted Aug 9, 2020 by Caroline Rand
This time last week I had no idea that within the next couple hours my mental and physical toughness would be tested in a major way. The term "Sunday Caries" has a totally different meaning to me since then. I am now 3 days away from Surgery, then bed rest for 2 weeks after that before I can start rehab/PT. It's crazy to believe its been a week already, but I would be lying If I didn't say everyday is a struggle. Taking things one day at a time and with your support I am staying in the fight. One small positive thought at a time . . . Keep sending me your encouraging words, thoughts and overall good vibes and prayers. If you have any question's, comments or just want to say what's up - don't be shy to hit me up.
#StrongerTogether #SupportForCG #SlowandSteady
Posted Aug 8, 2020 by Caroline Rand
Whatsup everyone! Just had my MRI completed yesterday evening and as of now no new surprises w any additional tendons or ligaments damaged (which is a good thing).
I cannot thank everyone for taking the time to read, reach out personally / on this site or instagram! Your support means the world to me and I’m overwhelmed by the support from everyone. No matter if you sent me a donation, food or just encouraging words - I want you to know I am so grateful from the bottom of my heart!
Medical / Financial 10k
Posted Aug 7, 2020 by Caroline Rand
Hey everyone! First, thank YOU all for the support from donations, food offerings and sharing this movement with other's. If you have supported me thus far in ANYWAY, I cannot thank you enough - seriously it means the world to me. Thanks for having my back!!
I just got a call from the doctor's and got my totals for my upcoming Medical expenses and they total over $10,000. This includes surgery next week, my MRI later today, doctor visits etc . . I currently do not have insurance as a FT fitness professional and it can be tricky for us to (a) secure coverage in the first place , and (b) have the coverage actually work for us. I am in the process of figuring the insurance out but in the meantime I am paying out of pocket for everything. Working in fitness full time means when don't coach I don't get paid. I still have daily living expenses I am responsible for as well while I'm trying to navigate this injury.
I'm hanging in there as best as I can taking things one day at a time so thank you again for the support and encouraging words! I will update you all later tonight after the MRI appointment, until then have a great day,
Posted Aug 6, 2020 by Caroline Rand
"8.2.20 I tore my Achilles and the word devastated doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel right now. If you know me or anything about me you know how important movement is and the ability to be active. I live for it, I thrive on it, it’s a part of who I am!
I’m trying to stay positive but I have to be honest w/ y'all - I’m scared. I feel like my world got flipped upside down JUST when I felt things were starting to work themselves out. I am putting this out there so I can hold myself accountable to practice what I preach and use this time to get better, stronger and come back even BETTER than before! The struggle WILL make you (ME) stronger! I don’t have the answers, but I know the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. So here’s to step 1....