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What I CAN do...

Thursday, January 17, 2013

So first things first, I finally heard back from the Medical Assistant at the doctor's office and the x-rays say: bone spur and tendinitis. The half-a$$ "treatment" I was given: rest and ice and something for the pain. My response: that's not good enough - an x-ray only tells part of the story and I've been resting my knee for the past 4 weeks with absolutely NO improvement and an actual worsening of the symptoms so something more needs to be done like an MRI. So they did refer me to the Ortho Doctor and I have an appointment in TWO FRIGGIN WEEKS. Whatever...I guess I don't have much say in it and I'll take what I can get since if I was to change doctors or medical groups now it would mean starting from scratch.

So I was pretty frustrated Tuesday afternoon when I got the x-ray results and "treatment" option...it was hard to just not break down and cry about it or want to eat my way through a jumbo box of See's chocolate. But I realize that there ARE some things I can do for myself right now.

I can:
emoticon Make smart eating choices so I actually lose some of this weight. Every pound I lose will mean less impact on my joints and that will help long into my senior years

emoticon Ice my knee 2-3 times a day - RELIGIOUSLY to keep the inflammation down, take my Tri-Flex stuff, and take the Ibuprofen on a regular basis

emoticon Work that upper body and core like a MoFo so that I'm only losing lower body fitness

emoticon Get some better shoes for work that will not put as much pressure on my knees - In other words, I need to be less vain and ditch the heels for some fashionable, yet sensible, ortho-friendly shoes...and yeah - I can get over myself in the process because it's for MY HEALTH that I will wear less fashionable shoes

emoticon Track, track and then track some more

emoticon Minimize my time spent walking and putting pressure on my knee like the doctor said

In other words, there's a lot that I CAN do. I've said it before, but it bears repeating. Being able to exercise like I want is something that I plan on doing long-term...so if it takes being pushy with the doctors, following doctor's orders, losing the weight FINALLY, and everything else, then I HAVE GOT TO DO IT! If doing these things will allow me to get back to running then it isn't an option - it's a necessity.

So I'm hanging in there! :-)
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    Hang in there babe - my knees KILL me when I try to get into certain yoga postures, but I keep tryin'...

    (for some reason my left THUMB is hurting today, as if I sprained or strained it somehow during Sat's hot yoga session, don't ask me how???)

    1848 days ago
    I love how positive you are! I just read your news feed that you are tired of being in pain, I'm sorry you're dealing with this, I know how frustrating knee pain can be. Keep up with your plan and all of that will help! You can do it!
    1848 days ago
    When I fell last year and broke a bone spur off the side of my kneecap, it took 4 months to feel better. Sorry to be a Debbie Downer. Those docs can be such MoFos, full of doom and gloom. Don't let them get you down, and if you can get to a good physical therpaist, do it! They are always more hopeful and will help rebuild you from the inside. Mine got me from no running/biking/swimming to doing the sprint tri 3 months later.
    1853 days ago
    I am crossing my fingers that your knee will start improving more rapidly. Your great attitude will see you through this.

    1858 days ago
    Awesome! That CAN DO attitude will take you far! emoticon
    1858 days ago
  • JENAE954
    Just trust the process.
    1858 days ago
    emoticon emoticon
    And the MoFo bit made me snort.
    1858 days ago
    you can do it.
    1858 days ago
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