Hey guys! I hope you are all surviving Monday!
Yesterday I trekked it down to Palo Alto (Stanford), to see yet another doctor. You are probably thinking, how many doctors is this crazy girl gonna go to? That’s ok, I understand.
In my defense – here’s what I’ve gotten so far:
- Doctor #1 – It is a sore sesamoid bone, keep running & I will just adjust the ortho-insert. One week later, still pain. Doc #1 says go see….
- Doctor #2 – It is a bunion. You can manage it, but you will eventually need surgery. I would suggest you go see…
- Doctor #3 – It is absolutely not a bunion. It is like an irritated sesamoid bone that probably turned into a stress fracture due to poor nutrition. I can’t see it on an x-ray, but come back in two weeks if you are still having tenderness and pain.
- Two weeks later – still hurts. Doc #3 says it can sometimes take a long time to heal and just wait it out. Suggests I get an MRI.
This is when I posted my whiney post on Instagram about how I am SO sick of dealing with this. See post here.
Whining like a little baby paid off, because a good friend of mine has a dad who is a good running coach, and her family saw my post and sent me a name of a great doctor to go see.
So I got in to see him, and he was great. Yay! Progress. He was able to see the stress fracture and where the bone was (finally) healing. He gave me a return to running program that you can find here. He also said I do not need to get an MRI, which is wonderful.
This is the first time since this whole foot thing started that I’ve gotten someone who was able to definitively say, “yes, this is a stress fracture and here is what we are going to do.” It is a big relief to have a plan. His plan does call for some Alter-G running. As that is pretty expensive ($25 for 30 minutes in most places), he said I could use the elliptical instead and see how that goes. You can read more about Alter-G here.
Moving forward – I will be taking the nutrition from a fueling aspect much more seriously. No more breaking down due to low low intake. Also I do plan to continue swimming. I think it is an amazing workout and just so great for your body.
I am feeling a little more encouraged at this point. I will be missing a lot more races than I had originally thought, but sometimes you can’t control that stuff. As Tina Fey so wisely once said:
“I’ll be ready for it to happen and that way it won’t happen. It’s a burden, being able to control situations with my hyper-vigilance, but it’s my lot in life.”
Tina Fey, Bossypants, 2011
I’m not 100% sure if this quote accurately applies to what I’m trying to convey, but I 100% live this. So here we are.
Thanks for reading my ramblings!!