The Past Two Months
Sunday, December 20, 2009
It has been two months since I blogged. I was experiencing such a busy time in my life that the best I could do was to log on to Spark, make an occasional comment to members' blogs and keep my nutrition on track. On October 15th I decided to walk with a co-worker to a farmer's market. It was about 10 blocks away but I did not perceive a problem; I felt that my daily visits to the gym had prepared me for this jaunt. You can imagine my surprise when after three blocks I started to feel discomfort. We had to slow down. Although we continued on, my legs felt tired, as if I had run a marathon. It was an uncomfortable journey and we blamed the discomfort on my shoes. The next week we tried again, with different shoes and the effect was the same. After only two blocks walking had become painful. I was embarrassed as I swallowed my pain and plodded along. The third week I wore sneakers but I still experienced pain. Meanwhile at the gym, I was discovering that I could barely walk five minutes on the treadmill without a burning sensation at the back of my legs. I reduced my gym time and worked out on the cross-ramp instead. That was easier. I had a doctor's visit scheduled for December 16th and decided that I would take it easy until then. I thought I might have strained a muscle or torn a ligament so I decided to rest my legs. As long as I was not doing anything strenuous, or walking far, it was okay. Occasionally I would go to the gym for short periods of time. Last Tuesday my doctor diagnosed leg claudication. I was amazed especially since neither my cholesterol nor blood pressure was high. I am not diabetic and have no history of heart disease. I am scheduled for a doppler test on Monday afternoon. The test is non-invasive and my prayer is that any required treatment will also be non-invasive. I am grateful that I have come this far in life with no major illnesses and although I'm not claiming this situation as major, it has made me so mindful of how blessed I have been. I have taken so much for granted, and as I read about claudication I realize that living in the present is important because we never know what the future will hold. I'll write again once I know what my next step will be.