Thursday, January 08, 2009

"HELP! I've Fallen...

...into a Pity Pot, and I can't get out!"

Last week I resolved to restart a walking program and take some responsibility for my health. I got ONE walk in before developing incredible pain in my ankle. I mean, "OW!" I can't stand any real pressure on that foot, so I'm sofa-bound. After some internet research, it looks like I might have tendinitis in my Achilles tendon. Crap. I've had lots of experience with tendinitis and I know the pain a doctor's visit can mean: Pushing, prodding, or worse - steroid injections. I've been taking megadoses of Ibuprofen, icing the ankle throughout each day, and trying to stay off it as much as possible. After all that loving care, the ungrateful appendage shows no signs of improvement.

I spent the past week snuggling with The Beast, who seems to know something's not right.

Time to suck it up and go see my doctor. Whatever he decides to do to me can't be as bad as dealing with this pain for much longer. At least, if I need an injection, I'd get some Happy Pills for a couple of days to help with the additional pain THAT would cause. That's me - always looking for the silver lining!

Friday Update:

Saw the doctor today and he confirmed that it is tendinitis, but not of the Achilles. He thinks it's one of the lesser tendons behind the ankle bone. He assured me it's WAY too early to be talking about injections. Yay! I do need physical therapy for about a month or so, and then we'll re-evaluate. Meanwhile, I need to cut my activity level by 50%. Wait a minute! I'm already sitting on the sofa all day... Hmmmm. Do I need to start lying down during the day?!?

Well, lookey here, at what my thoughtful Marble Man just brought me! How sweet is that? He always seems to know what to do to lift my mood. (Pssst... it worked!)


Cecile/DreamCreateRepeat said...

Oh, I'm so sorry! I've never had that particular affliction, but I've had heal spurs so I know about those shots.

Hopefully you'll be back on the walking path soon!

(We both posted about exercising today....which is something I didn't do today either because I took a tumble on some ice and it cut the walk short. : (

lori vliegen said...

oh, kate, i'm so sorry that you're in so much pain. i hope that the doctor is able to get you up and walking again soon (without the awful shot!). in the meantime, maybe you can sweet talk marble man into brewing up a special tonic for you...

take good care...please keep us posted!
lori :)

Vera said...

Kate, I'm so sorry to hear you are in such pain! Hopefully, it won't last. Please, take a good care of yourself and definitely go to see a doctor.

3rdEyeMuse said...

good grief, Kate! seems like the universe is trying to sabotage you ... am sending extra huge well wishes your way. :)

High Desert Diva said...

Oh no! Why do things like this happen right when we finally start doing something good for ourselves?

Hope you get relief soon!

Fete et Fleur said...

Bummer! I had a similar experience with my knee! Take the time to heal and don't give up.


3rdEyeMuse said...

thanks for the update - glad to know the doc isn't recommending injections. :)

yep ... I'm pretty sure you've got yourself a keeper.

Kathryn Costa said...

ooooh sounds painful but you have a plan. What a sweet marble man to get you those gorgeous flowers. I think the best thing for you to do is to be kind to yourself.

Go make something! That always perks me up!