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The Verdict


I have a stress fracture in my lower tibia. It is so new, in fact, that is was nothing more than a white shadow on the x-rays. However, that little baby hurts.

I am in a “boot” for the next three weeks – if things are looking and feeling better, then I might be allowed to swim or use a stationary bike for exercise. But, I have been told that I won’t be running on it for at least three to four months. So, there goes the half marathon.

I am bummed beyond words. I was so upset I forgot to wait for my prescription when I left the doctor’s office. I am thankful, though, I don’t need a cast. I can walk without crutches in The Boot, and I am required to wear a tennis shoe on my other foot for support and to even out the hight between my legs, so at least I can wear comfy shoes when traveling for a while. LOL

The weireder, stranger part is that there may be one in my right ankle too. The doctor is going to look into that if it is still tender at my follow-up visit in a few weeks.

My overall plans don’t change. I will run a half marathon. Now that I’ve committed to it, I want to follow through, even if it isn’t happening on the original time schedule. And in the meantime, I still plan to go down to Florida in March to cheer on my friends. I need a vacation away from home stuff anyway…some time alone with Neil will be good…and the timing for that will be perfect.

Also, I will still be writing here about my progress with generally trying to get fit and shed some pounds. Swimming and biking are going to require a gym membership somewhere, though, so I will have to start seriously looking into that. And food is always an easy topic to write about, even if it isn’t as easy to control shoveling into my mouth sometimes

By the way, my doctor, Dr Sebold, is an awesome fella. He took it right in stride when I burst into tears in the exam room after he told me no running for three to four months and reminded me that the good part was that it will heal up and should be just fine. I also learned that I have an extra bone in my foot. Apparently I am a mutant freak of nature after all!


“Doctor, doctor, give me the news…”


At the insistence of Neil (and my own gut-feeling), I’ve scheduled an appointment at the OrthoCarolina Foot & Ankle Institute with Dr. James Sebold.

Things just aren’t getting better in my ankle. It is waking me up at night when I move in my sleep because it hurts. Depending on the position, I can’t put any weight on it at all (other positions it feels just fine). Unfortunately, I think to truly heal the problem I need to stay off my foot. Since that isn’t going to happen, I guess I better get some professional advice and help with it.

The other annoying thing is that my right leg is getting sore from taking all the weight off the other one.


More thoughts: I’ve been thinking about this all day today and wanted to add some thoughts. First, I am completely and utterly frustrated. However, I need to remember that this is a journey and I am still just at the beginning of it. There will be bumps and detours and outright roadblocks…but I can get through and around all of them in time (sorry about the persistence of metaphors there). Patience is not my virtue. Now that I’ve made my mind up on making these changes in my life, I want to see their results now! But it simply doesn’t work that way – sometimes it is easy to forget that (at least it is easy for me to forget that).

Also, could health insurance be any more complicated? Well, don’t really ask me to answer that because yes, I believe it will be even more so in the near future if some things aren’t changed…but I digress from the general topics of this blog. I spent hours this morning trying to figure out whether the doctors at this facility are part of the “in network” coverage on my insurance. I couldn’t find them or the facility anywhere in the directory when accessing it from an internal company website, but when I went directly through my provider website there they were. So I’ve crossed my fingers that they are. And I am still not sure, even if they are part of the “in” network, whether my HRA covers the out-of-pocket expenses associated with this type of visit. I guess we’ll see!

Lastly, I am surprised at myself. I am missing running. I never, ever thought I would utter those words. This whole thing started out as a way to get healthy. Just a means to an end – I never in a million years thought I would actually grow to enjoy it as much as I do.