Friday, November 22, 2013

What Bob Said, "Don't Worry, Be Happy"

Since it's been a couple of weeks since I've given an update, I thought I'd share a bit of my life with ya.  This week has been a little crazy for me.

I'll get the bad news over first: 

I went into Physical Therapy on Monday only to find out as luck would have it I have to stop Physical Therapy Temporarily.  My Peroneal Tendon has decided to get extremely inflamed, so much so that there is absolutely no way anything (not even the other injury) can heal in it's condition.  The inflammation has been putting pressure on my Achilles which now almost feels as painful as it was months ago.

The PT went and visited with my Doctor (Thankfully the Specialists and Surgeons offices are connected on the other side of the building of the Orthopedic Hospital.)
So Monday I was started on a new anti-inflammatory treatment.  Called Iontophoresis, in short, basically it's using electrical currents to push the inflammatory meds in direct absorption through my skin directly into the inflamed area.

So, my bad luck doesn't stop there... Because with me, when it rains it pours.
My other foot, that has done so well for the past 10 months picking up all the slack for the other..  The Achilles tendon on my (previously not injured) foot has apparently had enough, and for one week now it is acting up and getting inflamed.

They aren't bad looking:)  I only paid $55 for them, so on the cheaper side.  But they felt pretty supportive so I feel like they will do much better than the others I wore to work that were a little more broken down.  Of course, I'm going to get all black laces, and color all the white to black.  I feel stupid enough wearing them with dress pants:  I'm sacrificing fashion a little for the sake of what I need as for comfort to heal an injury at this point:) 

So now for the good news:

To hopefully help the 2nd ankle to avoid further pain/injury, I bought a brand new pair of shoes...
So far this has helped stop it from getting worse.  I am very hopeful on this not getting any worse since I can use the lessons learned from the first to help heal the other and the PT have given me instruction to help as well.

Additionally, it's been several days since the Iontophoresis Treatment, and for the first time in months I can actually see a small little bump on the side of my ankle.  Which is actually my ankle bone:)  Yes, I haven't seen any signs of that bone in over 3 months, Yay it's still there.. ha ha...
It had been so puffy and swollen, the ankle bone had disappeared under it all.  So even though the swelling is still there, it has gone done a ton, and I see this as an awesome sign!  I think the two more treatments of this they suggest will do wonders for it!

So as for my current life:

So basically all I can do right now is very light stretching.  I mean it's so light you wouldn't even know I was stretching...  I can do absolutely no exercise except for 20 minutes 3x's a week on a stationary bike, however that is with absolutely no resistance....
Let me tell ya, no resistance on a bike... Not really exercise at all, I haven't even broken a sweat yet...  But per the calorie counter it shows calories are getting burned off:)  So I've decided to accept that:)
I'm also back to wearing the boot all night again, and sometimes during the day.  But that doesn't bother me, really:)

*  I go in again next Monday for another Iontophoresis Treatment.
*  Then again the first Monday in December.  After that *fingers crossed* they'll see if I can resume physical therapy again.



Keeping from going crazy (well crazier than normal:):

For the past 10 months I have held it together pretty well.  (I don't count the inner head screaming every time I've been dealt a set back:)  Although I'd be lying if watching all my family and friends go through fall marathon season hasn't been the most difficult part of not being able to run.
I won't lie, I am not handling this particular set back all that well, I'm quite discouraged to say the least. Every time I take a step its painful again, and every day there is pain means that is a day nothing is healing.  There is that quote "This too, shall pass."  Well I'm ready for the second half of that quote to take effect!

I believe I know the problem, it's my 2nd job.  I mean that is where I injured it originally.  I've been so careful not to push or lift anything more than 20 pounds to avoid the injury.  But just being on my feet 4-8 hours a day is what is doing it.

I really love this job.  I love the people I work with, I love that I make my own schedules and work at the different locations and people that I only want to work with.  I love its flexibility, and even the job itself.
But it's become apparent to me, that I may have no chance at healing until I leave this job and go change it for a 2nd job that is a boring desk job....
Which is easier said than done.  Because I hate working a computer desk job only second to being injured.
Plus, if I take a desk job, I'll likely have to work set hours, I'll have a boss again... *sigh*



Argggg, after over 3 years of only working for myself this will be a tough, tough change.
Finding one, that will let me do my main job (Wedding's) will be difficult too.  But sadly, the economy has hit the wedding industry quite a bit this year, and it's just not enough to only do that right now, I do need a 2nd job. (Especially to help with all my medical bills that accrue by the week!)

Don't Worry, Be Happy:

Okay, so this is my life and new situation.  I will continue to put my pretend happy face on!
I've got to do some serious thinking, and I guess job hunting...  I'm going to have to swallow my pride and probably do something I am going to hate for a while and try to tell myself I am doing this purely so I can heal and get back to my passion which is running. *smiles*


I've been told by many other's who I have talked to who have had these same types of injures as me, and they have all said 2-3 years it took them to heal and get back to running again. (I don't want to be them, especially since it wasn't even running that caused this all. Sorry for those of you who read my blog who have told me this is how long it took you, I mean no disrespect!)
My PT doesn't agree, she believes it can be sooner for me if I follow the therapy correctly (when I can do the PT again:(  but then even they nor the doctor saw this setback coming.  But there is still reason to hold onto hope, and that I will do!!!

I keep telling myself, things happen for a reason.  Maybe I was going to be running a Marathon this year, and like death or something horrible would have happened... and a higher power wants to keep me around longer...  If that would have been case, then I can deal with this for as long as required (though I hope not too much longer.)

So my question, do you have any types of job ideas for me to consider? 
Maybe there is something that you know of that I don't, that will keep me off my feet, and not be deathly boring???  
I welcome any and all suggestions you have!!!  It might just help me get a solution figured out, or at the least get my creative juices flowing!



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23 comments :

  1. Man oh man, I've got to say you've handled this whole thing with strength and grace, I don't know how you do it!

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    1. You are sweet to say that, but I have had my moments of complete frustration! Hopefully things will start taking turns for the better now:)

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  2. Oh man injuries suck! I hope you heal quickly and are up and running soon:)

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  3. I'm seriously just so angry for you. :/ I'm so sorry. I know it doesn't really help but there's not a thing I can say that will help, I don't think. I cannot imagine how frustrated you are. I wish I had some suggestions but I think you are probably right about getting a job for now that will have you sitting/resting instead of on your feet. I would tell you to hang in there, but if someone said that to me if I were in your position...I would want to punch them! ((((Kristy))))

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    1. Thanks Karen! This week has been quite tough, Monday's news had me in tears, but sometimes that's how life goes. But yes, I do think a new job will help. Thanks for your support Karen, and I promise no thoughts of punching crossed my mind:)

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  4. Sorry to hear about your struggles. Hubby ruptured his Achilles tendon several years ago. It was not pleasant. My 14 year old broke his foot last year and was in a walking boot for months (and when if finally healed, he broke his other foot!)

    I'm a SAHM, and I wonder what would happen if I had to go back to a boring desk job. I'm just not good at sitting at ALL anymore. Good luck!

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    1. Sounds like your families had their fair share of injuries, not fun!
      Yeah I am with ya on the thoughts of going back to a boring desk job, I have no idea how I am going to be able to sit for long periods like that again.... Time will tell...

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  5. Oh man, that is not so great news :( Sorry to hear about all of this. I'm sure it's hard but I like your attitude and positive spin on it. Excited for the holiday blog hop!

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    1. Thanks, ya I still believe attitude can help cure:)

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  6. Sorry to hear about you injury not getting better. I don't know what you do so I have no job suggestions. I'm working as an office manager for a med size company and like it. I did make it clear when I was hired that I needed flexible hours. At the time I still had cancer treatments. Hang in there.

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    1. I'm currently a wedding planner full time, part time I work for a county library system. I think your right, maybe I should look for places that will allow a little flexability first:) Thanks Bethany!

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  7. Oh no. I'm so sorry to hear this. It sucks and it isn't always easy but your attitude and perspective will get you though this. Crossing my fingers for your quick return to PT.

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    1. Thanks Jill! Small set backs are something I am getting used to, but hopefully this will be the last! I really have a good feeling about it all, dispite the setback:)

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  8. sleeping in a boot cant be fun..have pain too but it is somewhere else...my knee! I am not sure of a job so suggest, that would be as creative and fulfilling as a wedding planner, if you could bike longer maybe a bike tour guide....or a small business wear you can oversee a staff.

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    1. I am pretty used to sleeping in the boot, it doesn't bother me much anymore. I hope you can get help for your knee injury!!! I like the idea of managing, hmmmm I've done that many times I am not sure why I didn't think of that, that's a great direction to look into. We don't really have any bike tours here, and with winter coming biking is out. But you've got my mind thinking!

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  9. OH, no I'm so sorry. I'm glad you found a new treatment that has helped, but I know how tough setbacks can be :( Good luck finding a new job...

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    1. Thanks, yes this new treatment worked really well, it's starting to wear off now and the swelling is building again, but I go in again Monday so I feel really good about it all!

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  10. Aw I feel so sorry for you...sorry I know that's not constructive in any way :( stay positive and keep resting and one day all this will be just a memory :) you'll be running again sooner than you know it

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  11. Wow. So sorry to hear about your setback. I hope your recovery goes better with the new treatment and soon this will be a distant memory and you'll come back stronger.

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  12. What about doing a home based business like Joi is doing? It would also be something you could do at your own pace. Of course, something like that requires an up front investment but for some people this works really well.

    I'm glad to hear the swelling is going down. Seeing an ankle bone is a good thing!

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  13. Hope you heal up quick. I've survived two injuries this past year so I understand what you are going through. It is no fun.

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  14. Wow. I am so sorry that this injury is being so stubborn for you. I also don't think it will take you 2-3 years to get over it. You have a great attitude about it all and I know how hard that is, but I believe that will help you to heal faster and beat those odds of it taking that long to heal. I'm sending even more positive thoughts your way to go with your own :)

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