I just got word that John Wall is out for the season due to a torn achilles tendon, well, John I know how you feel buddy. Last night I was playing basketball in an intense game, and with only 10 seconds left in the game I ruptured my achilles tendon.
If you’ve ever ruptured your achilles then you’ll understand what it’s like. I stepped forward in my first step of a sprint just like I’ve done every single time in every single sport from the time I was 4 years old, but this time it felt literally like somebody threw a baseball at the back of my ankle, I heard a loud pop, and then my knees buckled as I came crumbling to my knees. My initial instinct was actually to turn around to find out who kicked me in the back of my leg, then I was delirious for a moment, but I then came to my wits and yelled “That ain’t good,” and immediately stood up and hopped off the court. I leaned against the wall and took my shoe off and honestly my entire foot and ankle was numb, so I couldn’t feel much of anything; all I knew was this was not a routine injury.
Having been a lifelong athlete playing baseball, football, basketball, track, and rugby, I’ve had many injuries before this one. I’ve broken my thumb twice, I’ve had a number of concussions, I’ve had to get stitches in my head twice, I’ve strained achilles, I’ve had a number of different ankle injuries, and the list goes on, but this one is different-it’s much more debilitating. I kind of knew what had happened right after it occurred, but all I could really do about it was laugh. I mean, think about it, when you have an injury that totally defeats you and your body is there really any point in trying to exercise control over it? Nah, all I could do was laugh, and ask my friend Danny for a ride home, because there was no possible way I could drive a car after rupturing my achilles (Thanks Danny!).
When I arrived at the Urgent Care/Emergency Room later on with my wife, Whitney (Thanks babe), I was no longer laughing and I had become fairly anxious. I was hoping that somehow the worst hadn’t happened and it was just a torn calf muscle or something less than an achilles. My hopes came crashing down when the doctor spent literally about 20 seconds with me before he said, “I know what you did… you ruptured your achilles tendon.” At this point I just sighed and put my head down knowing the doctor was right. We took X-rays, and they came back positive. Now, I’m at home literally unable to walk or do much of anything at all as I await my appointment with the specialist tomorrow at 10:45 AM. My hope is that he will put me in a boot so I can at least accomplish something, and I will also begin discussing things like rehab/surgery/etc. I’m also curious as to whether the tendon is fully blown or just partially.
So, where do I go from here and how am I feeling? Well, right now I’m pretty disappointed and bummed out. I live a very active lifestyle, I’m constantly on the go, and I don’t like sitting around. This sort of an injury is going to force me to slow down (at least a bit), and I’m not going to be able to do some of the things I love, like deadlift, play basketball, etc. I was supposed to be hiking the Grand Canyon next month, but now I’m not so sure that’s going to happen, so yea I’m disappointed. However, I’m also interested to see what God is going to teach me during this difficult time. I’m not going to be able to drive for this first little bit, I’m going to have to learn how to walk again after some sort of time-table, I’m going to need to rehab and slowly get back into things, and if you know me I’m not good at at taking things slowly; I’m sort of a peddle to the floor type of guy. As discouraged as I am about this sort of an injury I do believe God is going to teach me patience, perseverance, and stamina. I’m going to have to make some sacrifices, and even learn to ask other people to help me– truth is I’m often better at helping others than receiving help for myself. God is going to teach me something, and I’m going to need to be open to receiving his instruction, but I know it’s going to be difficult.
So, please pray for me in my long healing and recovering process I am about to enter into. I’m sure you will be hearing about my recovery in the forms of updates, tips, and advice in the future. Even though I’m badly injured the fact of the matter is life continues, and I still will seek to glorify God, I’ll still do my job to the best of my abilities, and I’m still going to workout in whatever capacity I’m able to do so. Cheers to you all and I covet your prayers– Thank you to everyone who has already reached out to encourage me via social media, text, and phone calls. And John Wall, you and me are in the same boat I hope you can make a comeback sooner than expected; as for me, I think my journey to the XFL may be hindered by this– guess we’ll see 🙂