I can run – but I can’t wear high heels
|September 15, 2013||Posted by Carrie under exercise, injury|
I’m still here – - it’s not like I don’t have the time to write, and I do love my blog – it’s more that I just don’t have the blog mojo these days. I think about blog posts and then I think – ‘eh, that’s boring, I’m not writing about that’. So all the time goes by. I guess it’s best to not force the issue.
Anyway, my kids are getting settled in school. Time is flying – how do I have an 8th grader and a 5th grader? It’s our last year in the elementary school. I’m working on transitioning out of some of my volunteer jobs. I did find two moms to take over my head librarian duties. Can I just throw out there that there are 2 people taking over the job I did on my own for 4 years? Ok, so I was a SAHM during that time and neither one of them are… but, they’re awesome and they’re going to do a great job and I’m leaving the library in good hands. For this year, I’m still heading up the Healthy Ever After nutrition program at the school. I’m super excited that this is my only volunteer job this year – there are definitely some parent education components that I’m going to implement this year. And, I really need to get the enthusiasm going on the program so that I can find someone to take it over next year when I’m gone. Otherwise, I’m seriously considering continuing to run it… it’s that awesome of a program.
So – I went back to the orthopedist last Friday. It’s been 5 weeks since my first visit. The Lidoderm patches seem to be helping the nerve problem in my ankle. The irritation is getting a little better, but it’s still there. It really never hurts when I run or workout. The Dr. said that nerve issues are tricky and it’s hard to know how long it’ll take. Since we took x-rays, he’s satisfied that there isn’t a stress fracture, he said to continue with the patches.
My toe is a different story. I mentioned in my last update, that I’m thinking surgery might be the way to go. After consulting doctor Google, I have learned that there comes a point of no return in dealing with a bone spur on a joint, that the treatment is to fuse the joint together. That sounds bad. I asked a few questions at the doctor this time and he said that since my pain isn’t that bad, I’m not close to that point. He said I’ll know. The weird thing is that running and working out really doesn’t aggravate it. Walking quickly and flexing it hurt. But, surgery is surgery and there are always risks. There’s no guaranty that recovery will be easy and it is my foot – I read plenty of stories about bad recovery and all that.
What hurts the most is wearing high heels. I don’t wear heels very often. But, my daughter is becoming a Bat Mitzvah in one month. I’d like to wear high heels. I wore low heels a few weeks ago for an evening and my stupid toe throbbed and ached for 2 days after.
Which brought up the oddest conversation with my doctor. In discussing the pain, the next step of treatment prior to undergoing surgery is to do a steroid injection. He seems to think that it’ll lessen the arthritis inflammation in the joint and help deal with the pain. He thinks it’ll make it tolerable for the Bat Mitzvah if I get an injection the week before.
So, I’m getting an injection so that I can wear high heels for a day.
I sound like an idiot.
The doctor said it’s really not that much different than getting an injection so that I could play a specific game.
Ok, we’ll go with that.
I found the shoes I’m going to wear – I hope this works because when I tried them on, I instantly felt the my toe crunch and pinch up.
I bought a sparkly pair of flip flops at Target that will come along for the day and probably get worn a lot if my toe acts stupid.
We did discuss my surgical options. He said that this type of surgery would require a couple of days off of the foot and then I’d likely be able to resume running within 4-6 weeks. There was more details there, but I’m not remembering them right now. I’m pretty sure this is where this is going, but for now, I can run, I can do whatever. I just can’t wear high heels. When that changes – we’ll deal with it. On a scale of 1 to 10, when I wear high heels, it’s like a 5. Yes, I’ll have a lot of homework to do eventually. Let’s just hope this injection works for October 12th. I really want to wear cute shoes.