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Training.. Injury.. Surgery.. Recovery.. Rebound


Thursday, November 07, 2013

WOW! What a journey I have had since 8/31/2013! I should really say prior to this, when I injured in June 2013. During my marathon training for my Columbus Marathon in 10/2013 I tore my fascia in my right foot! Training continued in spite of the injury, under a physicians guidance. My medical insurance company did not want to pay for my MRI, which would have saved a lot of time and healing for me. However, as they say, everything happens for a reason!

August 31, 2013 the insurance company finally approved and allowed my MRI, which I went and did after a 17 mile run (yes, I know... crazy.. however what a lot of people do not understand is that us distance runner have is an extremely high pain tolerance).
3 days later I had the follow up appointment with the orthopedic to find out that not only had i partially tore my fascia, I also had a broken 5th metatarsal. This fracture was a result of compensating for the damage in my foot. So here I sat, sidelined in a lovely hot pink cast for 2 weeks.. waiting to see if the fracture would heal or if I would need a pin/plate to make the bone heal. Now, remember my initial problem was all about torn fascia. Well that still had to be addressed once we determined if I needed the bone surgically repaired. So bottom line, I was having surgery.. just didn't know to what extent.
2 weeks had passed... pink cast cut OFF! I now had to meet with the orthopedic surgeon who specializes in foot/ankle and athletes, especially runners. Well, SURPRISE!!! Not only was I having the fascia completely cut (not uncommon in runners), I was having my achilles repaired which had started to tear, 2 nerves cut that were damaged, a heel spur with bone growth removed!! What the heck!?!?!?!? I went from a tear in my fascia to a complete overhaul!

On October 1st, I went in at 6am and had the surgery! I am now in my 5th fiberglass cast! I will get this final cast off on 11/13/13!!! This has been an EXTREMELY long 6 weeks! I am also stuck on crutches! It is my right foot as well! Lets just say, one does not realize how LITTLE they can do alone when on crutches. Sure, I'm home, but when you take someone who is used to running just about daily and plant them on the couch! OUCH.. the result can be quite the test of patience! I have had an awesome support system with friends and family! Not to mention, the BEST possible boy friend, who was next to me pre, during and post surgery! And YES, he's still here! I haven't driven him away with my "craziness"! He, too, is a runner, so can appreciate my desire to get "back at it"! And VERY soon, he and I will be running/training together! If it wasn't for him, I'm not quite sure how I would have made it through this very trying time. I have had some fun in this all. He ran my bib in Columbus, since I couldn't! This was his first half marathon and distance ever! And he ROCKED it!
I will be put into a "boot" to gain weight bearing back on 11/13/13! I will start rehab the next day. If things all go as planned I will be back to work in 2-3 weeks and back at running sometime in January!
I will say that I can not wait to just swim, bike and core train! Running will come! Heck taking a walk or hike will even be really welcomed! I can not wait!
So here I sit..... Less than 1 week until I get this crazy fiberglass off my foot/leg, that I have been in since 9/4/13! FREEDOM! A shower and going to bed with nothing on my leg will be such a treat!
Soon I will post my return to workouts and running! 2014 I am aiming for all endurance and distance! Rebound here I come!
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SPARKFRAN514 11/7/2013 2:58PM

    emoticon blog you will do great in PT with you going to the gym like you do and your attitude emoticon

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JANET552 11/7/2013 1:17PM

    You have my sympathy!!! At the end of 2012, I had surgery to repair a torn longus tendon and a shredded brevus tendon in my foot. I had six weeks in a cast but had a wheelchair (a little more freedom than the crutches). This was followed by a walking cast, physical therapy and more healing but I'm happy to say I'm back to walking 2 hours a day. I remember sitting in that wheelchair just dreaming of walking to the bedroom.

I went almost a year before going to see a doctor despite pain when I walked. Then I had therapy, chiropractic treatments and orthotics before finally having an MRI. A lot of money could have been saved.

Just keep following the doctor's orders and you'll do fine. Best wishes!!

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