Monday, March 15, 2010

Broken

First thing this morning I called my doctor's office, but the first appointment I could get was at 2:30 this afternoon. He took a good look at my bruised foot, and asked all of the usual questions, really listened to what I had to say, then ordered x-rays. I went downstairs to x-ray and waited a good 30 minutes before I was seen. They were rather busy. Once that was done I went back upstairs to see my doctor again, but had to wait another 30 minutes before he could see me. The x-rays showed a fracture in the bone right under the middle toe, a metatarsal fracture, which means I'm out of the game for 6 to 8 weeks. Good times. Meanwhile, I get to wear this lovely boot. My sister says I should bedazzle it with flames. Thank goodness it's removable.


How I got this injury is purely speculative, since I really had no warning signs. It could have been everything I talked about in my last post, and another speculation was the shoes I was running in. Even though the Newtons were comfortable and seemed to be OK, perhaps they weren't the best ones for me, since the point of those shoes is forefoot running, and that's where the injury is. I've already ordered another pair of Pearl Izumi Cruise, since I had no problems with those and they aren't discontinued yet. Perhaps I should scope out another pair of PI's, just in case.

Tomorrow I go to some sort of "Day of Injury" clinic in orthopedics. That should of happened today, but there were no available slots for me.

For some weird reason, I'm not feeling all that down about this injury. I think that after living thorough the femoral neck (leg/hip) fracture everything else isn't that bad. I don't need surgery. I don't need serious drugs, only Tylenol. I just need time to heal, plus I can remain active with swimming and bike riding at the gym, so all is not lost. I might have to rethink the marathon this year and opt for the half. We'll see how I feel in 6 to 8 weeks.

Yesterday's Song:

Super Heros - Rooster Quantrell

PEACE

EDIT 5/6/2010
After I posted this, I realized there was an incident at Costco where a lady ran over my foot with her cart, several days before the foot completely broke, which explains a lot.

14 comments:

Meg said...

In true Irene fashion, you remain optimistic and positive. If Tylenol and rest are all you need, I guess you'll be okay. You're right, at least it's not surgery! I do hope you can spruce up the boot in some way, if not flames, how about sparkle stickers and jewels? You're the greatest and I'm sorry you are hurt but you'll be back soon!

Jill said...

I'm glad you are not bumming about this thing, I'd probably be flipping livid and screaming at all my kids - haha. I say that and I totally bagged my run tonight just cuz I couldn't get into it. Hum. So now it's time to dazzle the boot and don't forget to paint the toenails :).

Mel-2nd Chances said...

You have a fantastic attitude about it and you're right, could be a lot worse. Take care, and maybe you'll catch the tri bug out of this all like I did!! :D

Joyce said...

I'm sorry to hear about this, but in the overall scheme of things, you'll be fine. Speaking of swimming, that'll be so great for your conditioning - you'll come back stronger.

Deene said...

it's good that you have a diagnosis. are you getting enough calcium and vitamin d?
rest well and you'll be back in no time!

Maryland Girl aka Michelle said...

Ouch! I hope all heals well!

katiefeldmom said...

*insert sad face*
That sucks Irene.

Aka Alice said...

OMG Irene...I'm dubbing 2010 the year of the foot-stress-fracture (you all be careful out there!) Me, Betty, and now you, all with stress fractures in the same general area. What is up with THAT?

So...6 to 8 weeks gives you some time to come back for the 1/2 Mary, right?

We still need to do some breakfasts...

Jo Lynn said...

Well, if that doesn't SUCK, eh? I'll say it! It sucks! I'm really sorry too.
But wow, your second toe is LONG. LOLOL ;)

SDrunner said...

Sorry to hear about the injury, 6-8 weeks without running sounds tough! At least you're optimistic about it and have a plan in place with cross training. Hope everything goes well and you'll be back in no time!

Anne said...

Welcome (again) to the walking wounded, Irene.

Laura Lohr : My Beautiful Life said...

Oh my goodness! I am so sorry to hear about this, but glad it isn't anything too terribly serious (although a fracture isn't exactly a mild injury). I hope you are healing up nicely.

Lisa said...

I'm sorry about your injury, but I'mso glad that you are taking it in stride (hehehe..in stride...get it?)

the boot thing definately needs to be spruced up. Something that screams "spring is in the air!" What do you think?!?

Take care, heal up, keep smilin' :-)

Pink Granite said...

I hope the healing process is smooth and steady for you!
;o)
- Lee