Howdy there. I know it feels like I have fallen off of the face of the blogging earth, but I am pack to regular posting this week. Thanks for hanging in there with me!
It’s officially been a month since I’ve been in the boot and I had a 4-week follow-up with my doctor yesterday. The plan at my last appointment was to touch base at 4 weeks and if things were not improving then get an MRI.
Be Proactive About Your Health
I have actually felt like my foot has gotten worse over the past few weeks, so I called my doctor’s office last week and requested that the MRI be ordered before my follow-up. I did not want to have to go for my follow-up yesterday, get an MRI ordered, wait a week to get the MRI and then wait another 1-2 weeks for the follow-up. I think it’s completely okay to be proactive about your health if you are still sticking with your doctor’s plan, and I knew my foot was not feeling better at all.
I am super lucky to work in a hospital… my MRI was scheduled 2 days after I called my doctor and I just popped up to radiology on my lunch break. So my doctor had the MRI to look at yesterday and it confirmed that my posterior tibial tendon is torn. The tear doesn’t look very severe but they did tell me that sometimes the MRI is really not accurate at indicating severity. So moving forward, my pain is going to be indicative of how it’s healing.
Since it has been immobilized for 4 weeks with no improvement, I’m now moving to no weight-bearing for 6 weeks. I already have crutches at home but I did talk to my doctor about my job and being on my feet all day…. so now I have a prescription for a roll about scooter. I’m actually going to try to pick one up this morning
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I know I am awful but I haven’t started using the crutches yet. I had to take an evening to clean up my house and go shopping. We all know I love a good shopping trip
So even though my foot was immobilized in the boot, I was still able to stay somewhat active in the weight room and pool when I just had my boot. My workouts decreased but I still consistently got in 2-3 workouts per week.
I don’t know how often I’m going to make it to the gym now since I will be on crutches. I could technically do arm weights and I think swimming would feel completely awesome, but then I would have to crutch my way all around the Y. The thought of it sounds exhausting, lol.
If you have any great floor workouts that can be done at home then I would really love some new ideas. I don’t typically do workout videos and stuff but I guess now is the best time to step out of my usual routine.
Prognosis / Getting Better
Honestly? I’m completely bummed about all of this. I know you saw this coming but I miss my bike so much!!!! The weather is amazing and I’m missing out on it.
I’m really going to just focus on taking it easy the next 6 weeks and being really compliant. My MRI indicates a small tear that should heal with time and rest. If things do not turn around in the next few months then surgery might be a consideration. I’d rather not get a 2nd orthopedic surgery in 1 year Is 2015 over yet? I think I’d like to say goodbye to this year already.
How do you keep your spirits up when you’re going through a crappy time? Esp when it involves an injury?
What else is going on with you lately?! I feel like I need to catch up with everyone.