Current Situation

I’m just checking in with a quick update on my current situation.  Sometimes writing is therapeutic so I’m hoping this will help me deal.  I just got home from a doctor’s appointment for my foot and I’ve got a lot of feelings about it – I’m frustrated, I’m angry (mainly at myself), I’m upset, and I’m also a little relieved because I’m finally getting some answers.  I think a little part of me knew this was coming because of how much pain I have been in….but it was not the news I was hoping for or expecting today.  

I went to an orthopedic hospital in Norman today because I wasn’t getting anywhere with the original doctor that I saw in July.  I couldn’t get his office to make me a follow up appointment.  I called three times and they said they would have to call me back.  Plus, I was still in a lot of pain and I didn’t feel like he really gave me any answers the first time.  I decided to get a second opinion from an orthopedic.  

I took my original x-rays with me today.  The PA came in and looked at my foot and actually listened to what I was saying.  He pushed on a couple of places on the top to see if it hurt, and it did!  Then, he showed me the x-rays.  He said those two places look like stress fractures – one right under my middle two toes and one in the middle across the top of my foot.  It was very clear on the x-rays and he couldn’t believe the first doctor missed that.  

He also looked at the side of my foot and ankle and said that since it is so swollen and tender to touch that there is definitely something wrong with my peroneal tendon.  He didn’t want to speculate until they did an MRI though.

Of course, I immediately start asking how long he thinks I’ll be down, and if this means that I can’t run a race in November.  (I was only half kidding about that…)  I think he thought I was completely serious because he left and the doctor came in.  He looked at my foot too and said based on what he’s seeing on the x-rays that he agrees with his PA.  

And….then he gave me a pretty long lecture about not trying to run….stop being stubborn…making sure I let it heal….He said as of now I am out for at least 12 weeks and I am not to attempt running until he clears me….and then he shared with me things that could happen if I didn’t follow his orders. I assured him that I will be doing everything he said…and then he said that I will not be running a half marathon in November… 🙁

They said that I could possibly be looking at a cast, or 6 – 8 more weeks in the boot.  They will know more after I have the MRI.

I go back tomorrow for the MRI, and then back again on Tuesday to find out what the diagnosis is.  

I am really mad at myself for continuing to run when my foot hurt.  I have learned my lesson and will never again ignore any kind of pain, big or small, and think it will go away.  And all of you that tried to warn me and encourage me to see a doctor – thank you, and I really wish I would have listened.  (So you can all say I told you so…I’ve already heard it from a couple friends today. 😉 )

I am also mad at the first doctor I saw.  If those two lines that they are thinking are fractures were so glaringly obvious on the x-rays, then why did he ignore them?  It wasn’t just one picture either…there were two different angles that showed the same thing.  

I am really frustrated, but I guess it is what it is and now I have to deal with it and focus on healing.  

I’ll update you next week when I finally get some answers.  

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8 thoughts on “Current Situation

  1. Coco

    Ugh! I’m sure 12 weeks sounds like forever from here, but the time will pass and you will get better! Glad you got some real answers this time.

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      It does seem like forever!! But I know it will pass. Thank you!

  2. MomOf2

    Awful news for you but good that it’s finally figured out and you can get to healing!! Love that quote – It is what it is… – and I know you’re going to make the most of it. You’ve been awesome about trying new workouts, weights etc. Time for something else new – gentle stretching, abs, whatever else your doctor clears you for. Or, how about a straight rest and recovery?! Running and all these workouts will be here when you and your body are ready. Fitness means health not just exercise so I’m sure you’ll stay fit and regain your health in other ways. Take care of yourself!

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      I love what you said about health not just being about exercise! That’s so true and so perfect right now! 🙂

  3. Lesley

    That’s awful, but at least you got answers from this doc and his PA. Hopefully it won’t mean a cast, but rest up and heal! Pound that calcium too. I had a stress fracture in high school and I took in a lot of milk that summer to help it out.

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      I thought about calcium when they told me what it was. I do t drink milk so I’m sure I definitely could use some! I may have to pick up some calcium vitamins next time I go grocery shopping. Did it help your healing time??

  4. San

    I am so sorry about the stress fractures and the longer than anticipated break you’ll have to take… but there is really nothing much you can do than following doctor’s orders… we’re here to listen when you need to vent! Being sidelined by an injury is so frustrating.

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      Thank you! It is so frustrating! I’m just ready to start the healing process and get it fixed! LOL I’m sure you will hear some venting. This not running is sure affecting my mood. LOL 🙂

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