My Gold Coast Itinerary #1

Gold Coast Itinerary – Planning

My Gold Coast Itinerary planning started back in September 2014,  when my wife suggested that I organize a family vacation before the year end 2014.  The group for this trip comprised my in-laws (mid 70s), my wife and my 2 daughters (9 & 12).

We wanted to go on an overseas vacation where the weather in November 2014 has to be  nice and not winter-like.    This criteria is important for my in-laws who do not cope with cold weather, therefore disqualifying winter season destination like China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan and Taiwan. My in-law and children have been to Bali in 2013 and Bangkok in 2014.  But they and my wife have not been to  Brisbane and Gold Coast,  Australia. Continue reading “My Gold Coast Itinerary #1”

Achilles Tendon Rupture (ATR) – My Story #3

ATR Recovery Post Surgery – Day 13 to 25 Home Recovery

With so much free time on hand,  I spent a lot of hours in front of  home computer, visiting ATR Recovery blogs in the US. I read that in the US, folks will be given a replacement cast after their stitches have been taken out (10 to 14 days post surgery) , where they will continue to wear a replacement cast up till 6 or 8 weeks post surgery, before switching to Walker Boot.  The approach taken by my Orthopedist in Malaysia is different from his counterpart in US.  He switched me to Walker Boot (see featured image on top of post)  after the stitches was removed,  12 days post surgery. He advised me to have Walker Boot (see above featured image of BledSoe Progait Plus with Hinge) put on (hinge set to 40 degrees plantar and dorsi) for the entire  day except when taking a shower or when retiring to the bed. Continue reading “Achilles Tendon Rupture (ATR) – My Story #3”

Achilles Tendon Rupture (ATR) – My Story #2

Post ATR injury – Day 11 to 13  At the Hospital

On the day of the ATR surgery, my Orthopedist explained to me the ATR repair procedures and marked the incision points on my bad foot.   He added that I will be sedated during the surgery process so I would not hear the conversation in the operating theatre.  As this is both short and straightforward  surgery (less than 1 hour), the Orthopedist explained to me,  going local anethesia  with sedation should be sufficient. I will not feel the pain nor will I be awake during the entire time in Operating Theatre (OT). Continue reading “Achilles Tendon Rupture (ATR) – My Story #2”

Achilles Tendon Rupture (ATR) – My Story #1

Achilles Tendon Rupture – It just happened to me!

Many of us may not have heard of Achilles Tendon Rupture (ATR), not until it has happened to yourself or to someone close that you know. I personally do not know anyone who has had this injury, after I started relating my injury to friends and family members. Here is one website that explains ATR with diagrams.

My injury story began exactly 9 weeks ago, from that  day when I felt  a very sharp  pain to the back of the heel and heard a very loud ‘PoP’  while running on black formal shoes. Continue reading “Achilles Tendon Rupture (ATR) – My Story #1”