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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Tough Choices and Accountability

It has been months since I have blogged. I even missed my 2 year bandiversary post. I haven't felt too successful the past few months, so had no reason to blog. I have not run since April, I haven't worked out since April. Let me explain.

When I was 16 I hurt my right foot playing soccer. I stepped in a gopher hole and was told that I severely strained the ligaments in my foot. I was not able to walk in a shoe for 2 months and my foot has always been a little bigger since that injury.

Fast forward 20 yrs.

I had been running for 4 months. I did a half marathon and survived. Corporate Challenge started in March and I signed up for as much as I could. After the 5k in April I started getting a weird pulling feeling at the bottom of my right heel. That same week we had volleyball (which we took gold in!) and it was 6 hrs of jumping and bouncing around on the courts. 2 days later, during a neighborhood BBQ, my right foot swelled up to the size of a football. Had x-rays, tried some PT, had some more x-rays, was sent to a specialist, had even more x-rays (something strange was found by the specialist in my standing x-ray), went for an MRI and discovered that I was misdiagnosed when younger. I had actually broken my foot when I was 16 yrs old, the bone healed strange and ligaments that had torn (not strained) attached to the fractured bone. 20 yrs later, with being as active as I had been the first 4 months of this year, and volleyball added on top of that, cause the bone to chip and the bones in my foot to dislocate.

Did you follow all that?

In a nutshell, my right foot has a closed dislocation and will need surgery to correct. I had steroid injections done last week and haven't had any pain (unless I wear flip flops) in my foot since 2 days after the procedure. It will only last about 3 months. When I get surgery I will not be able to put any weight on my foot for 2-3 months. My doctor told me yesterday I need to prepare to be off of work for 2-3 months because I won't even be able to drive. That means I need disability coverage to help cover my loss of income during that time. But THAT means I cannot have ANY treatment for my foot for the next 12 months.

What does all of this mean? I will not run for at least a year and a half. I cannot participate in any high impact activity for at least a year and a half. I need to stop eating ice cream because I am so bummed out about not being able to do what I love.

I am looking for suggestions to some of your favorite low-impact exercises so I can drop the 10 lbs I have put on since April.

Ready. Set. GO!

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