Thursday, March 9, 2017

I have no idea what I'm doing.

Well, it's been a while since I checked in to you.  I think the best way to ease back in here is to think out loud...

1.  Here's a short recap:  My foot is getting better and better each day.

2.  After several PT sessions with Ed, and doing the homework he's given me, we've narrowed down the cause of my foot injury (well...several causes).  Believe it or not, just about everything was going wrong in my foot, ankle, and calf.  I have definitely had crippling plantar fasciitis in my right foot from my calf being REALLY tight; this was a huge contributor to the issues in my left foot.


3.  UPDATE:  I have a new acupuncturist, Eric.  Ed set me up with this guy, and I couldn't be happier with the outcome of our first session.  I'm pretty stoked that all of the people in charge of helping me get back to running are on the same page when it comes to finding the SOURCE of the issue!  I do NOT like the idea of having to use orthotics for long periods of time, same with braces or any sort of crutch.  We all seem to be like-minded when it comes to fixing what the root cause(s) is(are), instead of treating the pain or discomfort.<3


Chicago friends:  this is a WONDERFUL practice!  They're located in (or as near as my four-year Chicago resident brain can tell) Andersonville.  Eric is a VERY talented healer -- he's one of those people you know is listening to every word you're saying.  That's extremely comforting when it comes to injury.  I'm very thankful that it didn't take too long to find these professionals!


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I got electroacupuncture for the first time!  It was pretty cool.  I'll go over the benefits of it in another post soon.:)  Until then, feel free to oddly gaze at my calf with several pointy things in it.


4.  I've been cycling, swimming, and doing Yoga.  Maybe not as consistently as I should be, but I'm doing it.  It's kind of a bummer to me, even though I love doing the other sports; nothing can give me what running has, can, or will.


5.  I know that so many of you can relate with me here ----> I feel overwhelmed.  By SO many things.  Work, home life, friendships, or just trying to sit and do nothing -- overwhelming.  All of it.  I feel like I can't pay attention to anything for longer than ten seconds, like I have a million ideas pop up into my head, and there they stay.  I never seem to be DONE with something.


6.  And on that note, I started reading this book yesterday, and am happy to report that I'm carrying through with the tools they provide.  "Declutter" is my new favorite word in which I'll laterally use across the mess that is my life.


7.  *sigh* so here I am, being patient, trying my best to become more focused, healing, treating, and feeling lost as can be.  But I know it will be okay soon!  Because...

8.  PT Ed gave me new progressions to work on last night.  If I can perform these running progression moves without any pain or discomfort, then I begin a running program.  It might take a couple more weeks, but Ed wants to make sure that I do these simple movements before putting it all together for extended lengths of time (i.e. RUNNING).

9.  So I have hope.  So much hope that I feel like I'm going to burst.


10.  I'm also a little afraid.  I think that as I build up my confidence through the progression exercises, that that fear will die down a bit.:)

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Sooooo anyway, how are you?:)




8 comments:

  1. It's always so scary to come back from an injury. There's always the what ifs, and then is this little pain the same thing, and so on. It's normal.

    Thankfully my foot is almost back to normal, and I don't really have a clue why or why it started. I do know I have tight calves too, and my chiro has been after me to stretch them good for a long time . . . so now I'm listening.

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    1. I feel like we should make a pact together, to stretch, roll, and/or stick our calves to utter happiness for prevention! I hope you get back out there soon, friend.

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  2. Girl I am SO sorry you're still sidelined. But sounds like you have a great team helping you get back to it and come back stronger as well. I wish that I'd had that! I worry with each run that I'm going to end up back on the sidelines. Hang in there friend!!!!

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    1. Thanks, friend! Lucky for me, I have friends like you to look to for hope and inspiration through injury and post-injury running. Love you! <3

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  3. I hear you on the injury thing. I've been injured for like a year and a half now, and after trying a few different practices I've finally found a PT that is making the pain go away! She said I can try pool treadmill running soon and I can't wait!!! Also, I need to read that book you recommended. I'm the most anxious person on earth!

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  4. I'm intrigued by the acupuncture! I've had people suggest it to me since my diagnosis! I wish I lived closed to Andersonville so I could go see your guy!

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  5. I miss you. I was thinking a few days ago about how it had been far too long since I had seen you. Which is tragic. I won't be able to eat sushi after today, so we are going to have to get creative OH WAIT I'll just eat Tom Yum soup everywhere. Problem solved!!

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  6. I'm keeping everything crossed for you, Tiff. I can only imagine how frustrating this is. Glad you found Eric and I totally get how nothing's quite the same as running. Sigh. Hang in there.

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