I'll be back in the gym tomorrow
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I met with the vascular surgeon today. I had a list of things to discuss with him but stayed on the first item on my list which is the fact that I am still having trouble with my left leg and that walking is still painful. After undergoing two tests, the last one being an ultrasound, he confirmed re-stenosis, or the re-narrowing of the artery in my left thigh. He suggested a repeat performance of the surgery to include a stent. I suggested exercise. He did not argue, but warned that although it might strengthen my endurance, it would not provide healing. The truth is I'm not ready to undergo another invasive procedure especially when he did not originally insert a stent because they are prone to infection. So what's different now that I should get a stent? I'm not ready to risk infection and I have noticed that one medical situation tends to spawn others, and I truly do not want to develop something else. I'm not reckless, but I'm just not a fan of medical trials.
So I'm going to try to walk and work through my pain while I figure out my next step. I'll also seek a second opinion and research alternative or complementary medicine. I went to the gym yesterday and tried out the elliptical machine. I'll be back tomorrow. I'll take it slow, maybe 15 mins on the elliptical machine to start and build up as I progress. I cannot accept this situation without putting up a good fight. God has blessed me so much in the past, and I believe He'll bless me again. I'm disappointed but not angry nor bitter. I just must make the effort to get better in as natural a way as I possibly can.
Thank you all for following my journey and for your prayers. I'm so ready to reclaim my life. I'm tired of sitting on the sideline watching time go by. I'll be back in the gym tomorrow, God willing.