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Patience is a virtue

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Well the last couple of days have been a bit frustrating for you. So if you don't mind I'll share a bit about what's going on.

First of all, I came home Friday, after work, and took my shoe off to see that my left foot was swollen. I assumed it was caused by water retention or poor circulation so I went about my evening. Saturday I woke up and it was still swollen, so in the afternoon I iced it and elevated it again hoping to take care of the swelling. Sunday the swelling was still there and I mentioned something to my massage therapist. As she worked on my leg she told me it seemed to be more inflamed than water retention and that I should keep an eye on it. That evening I was stretching in my bed when my toes went numb. I knew this wasn't a good sign so I decided to call the doctor in the morning.

Monday morning I got an appointment and the nurse I spoke with told me to wrap it, keep it elevated. As a teacher I'm sure it's not hard to believe that staying off my feet is not an easy feat (pun intended) Needless to say by the time I got to the doctors office after school the swelling had crept up my calf. Monday is my weighing day and I hadn't had a chance so I was actually quite excited to weigh, but when I looked at that evil (albeit different) scale I had gained just over a pound.

Now I know that I shouldn't complain about a pound but I felt so defeated. But, before I had even gotten into the exam room, I had bad news (in my opinion.)

Now I should pause here and say I'm not a great patient. I don't like restrictions and if they can't tell me what's wrong I go crazy. With that said you can probably guess that the doctors office did not go as planned. First we discussed a blood clot (Family and personal history here) and then we discussed a stress fracture. After some blood work and x-rays both came back clear. Not the answer I wanted (not that I want broken bones or a blood clot but at least there's something to do.) It's not a good thing to be swollen from toes to calf without a reason. Then to top things off the doctor puts me on workout restrictions. No running, no walks, no squats/ lunges, and nothing too intense.

Now compound that to the added weight from earlier in the story and I just felt like I was doomed to fail.

Tuesday morning I woke up feeling defeated and frustrated and my foot hurt, dang it. So now, at the end of the day, I'm just done. I want to know why my foot's been swollen for five days, I want it to go away and I want to lose weight.

When I finally got home I decided I owed it to myself to weight myself on the same scale I've been using for the last 6 months. The silver lining on all this is that I have met my second benchmark. I am now down 50 lbs. in 6 months.

So I'm taking my small victory and I'm going to practice my patience while my foot heals.

So that's my pathetic little story, now I should go ice my foot.

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    1542 days ago
  • SALAM4545
    Somehow when your feet hurt, everything feels bad. This must be frightening. But congratulations on your weight loss!
    1542 days ago
    So sorry you're dealing with a hurt foot, and not knowing exactly what's wrong with it either! It sure can be frustrating. I've been having a more minor issue with my feet (particularly the right) for three months now, and while it's not swollen like yours, I can definitely understand your frustration.

    Just keep moving forward and focus on what you CAN do right now, which is focus on your food... and maybe some upper body exercise as much as you can. Do you think your doctor would okay you doing chair exercises? Those aren't as boring as they sound, I tried those when my foot problem first started and was pleasantly surprised.

    I hope your foot heals quickly, whatever's wrong with it! emoticon Some of your pound gain would definitely be the swelling/inflammation of your foot. It is surprising how much weight could be in the inflammation and swelling.
    1542 days ago
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