November 22, 2007: Ryan ruptures his achilles tendon in a Turkey Bowl game.
November 27, 2007 (I can't remember the actual date, but somewhere around there): Ryan has surgery to repair his tendon. This means he will be in a cast and on crutches for two months, and then a walking cast for another month.
February 25th, 2008: Ryan is being a very helpful husband and watching the kids while I go grocery shopping. He has just received permission from his doctor to start walking without his cast. He is making a bottle for Charlie and slips on one drop of milk in the kitchen. He thinks he has re-torn his achilles. The kids laugh at him dragging himself across the floor since they don't know he is hurt. After a blessing Ryan feels like he'll be able to face whatever lies ahead.
February 26th, 2008: The doctor doesn't think it's a complete tear since Ryan still has a pretty good range of movement. We decide to continue physical therapy and hope for progress.
April 4th, 2008: Ryan goes in for an MRI right before we leave for Idaho for Spring Break.
April 10th, 2008: Ryan's doctor calls him in Idaho to let him know the MRI is inconclusive, and a surgery is scheduled for the next Tuesday to be able to see if he has really retorn his achilles or if it is healing okay. This should be a quick, same-day surgery and Ryan should be back on his feet in a few days.
April 15th, 2008: The surgery starts late and goes long. The doctor sees that the tendon has torn 3/4 of the way across and is continuing to tear. He patches it up with muscle and tendon from the surrounding area. Ryan is told when he wakes up that he will have to stay overnight and he is back in a cast. Any progress that has been made during the past five months is erased, and we start over.
So far we're doing okay. We have such wonderful family and friends who go above and beyond to help us. I was worried for Ryan, mainly for how he would deal with this mentally and emotionally, but I've been impressed. He's more worried for me and feels guilty that he won't be able to help for a while. We'll be okay. I think we're both learning a lot from this.