Time to Put My Knowledge to Use
Wednesday, July 08, 2020
Y'all, I'm so frustrated right now. I've been doing well with my eating and exercising. This might be the longest I've ever successfully maintained my healthy eating and kept some semblance of a workout schedule. Last week I hit a plateau on the scale. I was a little bummed but decided to not think about it too much. I shifted my focus to my exercise, particularly my 5K training. I'm really making progress and it's exciting to feel like a "real runner." Then, today, all my best laid plans got flipped upside down.
About 2-3 weeks ago, I was pacing in my hallway to get my last few steps in for a step challenge. As I went to pivot to head back down the hallway, my body turned but my foot didn't come with. I felt a pop where one of my tendons connects to my foot. There was a brief moment of burning in that spot but it dissipated fairly quickly. I've had some discomfort in that spot on my foot off and on but it hasn't been unmanageable or even noticeable most of the time. I work as a nurse aide in a hospital so I'm on my feet for 12-14 hours at a time plus my running sessions and neither affected this spot in my foot. I didn't see a relation.
One of my good friends is a nurse and she recommended I wear a brace when I'm walking or running and to check in with my doctor just to verify that everything's okay. Based on my description of the pain, she didn't think anything was overly concerning, but it doesn't hurt to check. I've also sprained this ankle twice, broken it once, and had surgery on it so it's already a little wonky. I did go ahead and send a message to my PCP this morning to see what she recommended I do. Afterward, I bought a brace, my husband and I went to a local park, and I set out on my run.
Everything was great until I had about 25% left to go. I started getting a bit more pain through my foot so I immediately started walking. That part was uncomfortable but not too bad. I sat on a bench while I waited for my husband to finish what he was doing. When I tried to stand up was when I knew something was wrong. Most of my foot was now hurting and the pain was radiating into my ankle. I got anxious because the feeling was not dissimilar to how it felt when my ankle was broken.
Since we had no food at the house, my husband and I stopped to grab a bite at a local restaurant. After eating, I could barely walk to the car. He took me home and I immediately elevated and iced my foot. I noticed some swelling and bruising. I'm not able to take any pain relievers due to health issues so I pretty much am only left with the option of sucking up the pain. I waited about an hour and a half then asked my husband to take me to urgent care. The doctor thinks I may have a fracture in my foot or ankle so she is referring me to an orthopedist.
I'm frustrated because I feel like I should have taken better care of myself and my foot. But on the flip side, I had no issues being on my foot until today. I literally could have walked 15 miles and not had a problem. There have been several times that I've gotten off a 13 hour shift, gone for a run, and felt no symptoms whatsoever. I'm frustrated because this is going to interfere with my job and potentially nursing school that starts back up in a few weeks. I'm frustrated because I was so dang close to being able to run a 5K without stopping to walk. I'm frustrated at the whole situation.
Now that I'll be taking some time off from my main forms of exercise, I'm going to have to put my healthy lifestyle knowledge to use. I've worked too hard to get this weight off and I'm not going to allow myself to fall back into old patterns because I'm having a pity party for myself. I'll have to look for some cardio/strength exercises that only incorporate upper body. I'll have to be extra cognizant of the things I'm eating. I'll remind myself that a healthy lifestyle is forever. It continues even when injuries happen. I don't need Taco Bell or Domino's to heal my foot. I just need to be kind to myself.
Have a good night, y'all. :)