Monday, March 26, 2012
So, this is why I have to change my focus. Don't know why my picture posted upside down :)
For the last few weeks after making the appointment for my "elective" bunion surgery and repositioning of my second toe (which was dislocated due to the bunion) I have been pushing myself to get out and run. I would see people running outside in our very unusual 70 degree March weather, and decide "I need to go before I can't do that anymore!" Unfortunately, I realized that every time I ran outside even a short distance, my foot began to hurt worse than normal. It became painful to even stand after a 12 hour shift at work; I realized that my "elective" surgery just became "necessary". I reluctantly stopped running about one week prior to Friday in order to decrease pain and swelling. I actually felt jealous when I would see someone running by,wishing I could go. I'm not proud, but I stuck my tongue out at my husband when he took off for our usual neigborhood 5K route and came back and told me "only 30 minutes!".
The surgery went well; I had some extra bleeding but little pain. I do have swelling, I do have to sleep in this stupid boot, and I am tired of sitting (I swear I can hear my behind spreading as I type this). I have to go back to work in three more days and I'm not looking forward to attempting to maneuver, perform physical exams and explain to my walk in clinic patients why I'm at work. But this boot and I need to make friends because we're gonna be attached for the next 3 to 3 1/2 weeks. We don't have to like each other, we just have to tolerate each other.
Now I have to change my focus. I am cognizant of my desire to get out and run. I need to celebrate that my husband is still getting out and exercising. I still can do upper body, and if I'm careful I can do full range of leg lifts with this 10 lb. weight on my left foot. Now I have to figure out how to adjust my eating habits so I don't gain, and pump up the exercise with the upper body and I'll be back to the trails in no time.
Hope all my Sparkfriends are moving it-I'm still cheering you on albeit from the sidelines!!