Um, that doctor’s appointment did NOT go well. I waltzed in all chipper and happy because I’d seen my MRI results last week and I knew what we’d been worried about, the torn peroneal tendon, was not an issue. I thought he’d tell me to wear my boot, do some PT, and go back to life. Know what I wasn’t prepared for? The illustrious doctor T to tell me I stress fractured my calcaneous and cuboid bones. Yes, my heel bone. How do you even DO that? It’s huge! He actually said that if I’d kept running instead of making the appointment my husband bugged me to make, my tibia could have crushed that bone if it weakened further. Way to give Jeff a big head forever, doc. Anyway, he showed it to me and though MRI’s look like blobby blobs to me, I guess he’s right. All the fluid buildup around my ankle is actually coming out of my heel bone. This is insane. I literally ran so hard I broke bones. Um, guess I’m super strong?
So what’s next? 4-6 weeks of restrictive @ss boot wearing. In Spring, AKA my favorite season to run in. Also? That plate and screws he put in last year? He wants to surgically remove them April 29. The plate is visible and palpable through my skin, and it’s not going to get any better. I’d have to be in a boot for 3 weeks after that surgery to remove the hardware, so it’s best to do it now as opposed to waiting and seeing and getting back in the boot down the line. Though I did find some super fashionable options….
Doc said I can’t exercise, can’t do anything more than the movements a human needs to survive. Go to the bathroom, go get food, go to work, come home and park on the couch. This sucks so hard. I was completely unprepared for this. On the bright side, our trip to Boulder for Memorial Day (and what I thought was going to be my first 10k back) will be OK. He said I’d still be able to walk Boulder boot free and easy, and that I can go hiking. So I guess that’s a plus? But for now I’ve planted on the couch and really have no idea how I’m going to get through this. Also…I’m terrified to run again. Like, this may break the addiction. Because it apparently can also break my bones. Thanks, but maybe I’ll stick to cycling?
HELP, friends! How do I deal with this huge setback? It just SUCKS. I wants to cry. I kind of did cry. Make it better!