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Monday, December 5, 2016

One More Week?

So, today it has been 8 weeks since I went to the ER and was put in a boot. I was non weight bearing for SEVEN whole weeks. At 5 weeks I was sentenced to two more weeks non weight bearing and I broke down and cried in the exam room. I cried the whole way home. I was so done with bearing all my weight on my left foot, quad, hip, glute... but I had no frigging choice. It put me in a funk that didn't help me keep my mind focused on eating well and doing the physical activity I could while out of the game.

Two weeks ago I was prescribed and qualified for 100% financial coverage of the Exogen ultrasound bone healing system. It's an ultrasound device that you use 20 minutes a day to help promote blood flow to the area of the injury, which has been found to accelerate healing by up to 38%. I was a bit peeved that I hadn't received the device earlier, but, according to my doctor, that's the insurance companies fault. "They" don't like covering them before 90 days with non healing, so he was shocked I had one already. I've been using it regularly and I am hoping it's doing its job. (The device is mine to keep, so I think I'll start using it on my left foot, since it's been angry with all the hopping I had to do for 7 weeks, even with the knee scooter and walker.)



Finally, last week I got the good news from my doctor that allowed me to start walking in the boot. I see him again next Monday and we'll see what the x-rays say, again. I'm surprised I haven't grown a sixth toe, it's been radiated so damn much. My foot hurt the first day of walking on it. It was the 1st time I experienced any pain since I broke it, so it made me really nervous. The pain subsided, thank goodness, but I'm still experiencing major soreness in my hips and now in my left foot. Everything is out of alignment because the boot is just so tall. My stability sneaker is still not high enough to keep my hips parallel to each other. And yet I hear there is no physical therapy prescribed after this injury. Huh.

When I was able to stand on both feet I weighed myself and I am up 7 pounds. That sure will help my running and any pain I might experience when I am finally permitted to exercise again. Not. Doc said no exercise, not even the recumbent bike, last week. I was surprised by that and bummed out, thinking how bad could that be?!? Apparently enough to jeopardize my healing.

7 more days, then what? I have no idea where my fitness will be. I have no idea what kind of pain I will experience. The uncertainties scare me. NYC Half Marathon on March 19th and the Philadelphia 15k on April 1st. 14 weeks to go from 0 to 13.1 miles. Terrifying.

8 comments:

  1. New reader. Boot cast survivor. Plantar fasciitis. Gained 30 in 4 months. Drank beer instead of running my happy little 10 mi per week. You are much stronger than I was and I am really pullling for you as your goal races get closer. Thank you for sharing your story

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    1. Thank you!! Today I was in the store and a woman came over with a knee brace on. I couldn't see her ankle brace nor the rest of the injuries she sustained from being hit by a car while riding her bike back in August. Put things in perspective at that moment. I have to do what I can when I can and stop wallowing finally! How are you doing now? we can do this together!

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  2. I'm 51 and I still weigh 170+. The plantar fasciitis comes
    a-callin' when I am at this weight. When I drop down to 160, PF pretty much goes away. Trying to baby my foot- 4 miles 2x per week plus boot camp 2 times per week. My heart rate goal is 145 or lower... which makes for a TON of walking....�� Signed up for a January 14 2017 local 5k... keeping my training on track... thanks for asking! Looking forward to your blog posts... and wish I had some nice big fat tip regarding your boot cast... by I don't. Just time, my dear. Just time.

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  3. Hi again! I bought a polar heart rate monitor and I'm trying to hold my HR below 140. What a HOOT. Literally walking over half the time. Im out there running and checking the app readout on my phone and actually shaking it in anger. Like a toddler shaking a toy or when you get pissed at your garage door opener. Blaaaaaahjhj. But i am going to stick with it thru the end of march... I feel like it will keep me uninjured or at least help. So many numbers are against me. My age. My weight. The number of daylight hours versus my full time work schedule. Ok friend... sending strong thoughts to you for your week ahead...

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  4. I put a heart rate monitor on my Christmas list! I'm hoping I get it because I think it might be the toy to motivate me! Gonna post today! thanks for your support!

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  5. Wow! I have missed a lot not being on my blog for over a year now... I can't imagine having to wear a brace. Though many days I feel like I probably should be. My feet constantly hurt. I am afraid to pick back up running until a drop down quite a few sizes. I miss it dearly though. I saw that the documentary made it to Netflix and finally got a chance to watch you and Katie. It was pretty awesome. Super proud of ya'll. :)

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    1. Where have you been Lady!! Miss reading about your journey! I walked a mile around the block yesterday and today and so far so good!! I need to drop weight so I will be lighter when I finally get the go ahead to run!

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    2. Oh you know... anywhere but here. Glad to be back though. Glad you are able to at least do some walking. The weather just got cold here all of a sudden but I think I might go for a walk this weekend anyways and just bundle up a bit. I'll probably be ripping layers off by the end of it anyways. lol

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