Wednesday, August 23, 2017

First Injury

Sweet friend Nicole drives the ship.

Running friends celebrating grieving our kids return to school with a lake day.

One of the best presents ever.  My friend Nicole gave this to me to cheer me up after the injury.  It's a framed picture of our Runner's World article and photo.

Caleb gave me a crash course on marching band on the football field.   My takeaway: it's harder than it looks.

The perk to having a Dad who is a Doctor is that when croup hits in the middle of the night, you know who will take good care of you.

I sat on the crinkled exam table, a foreign position for me.  Certainly, I never envisioned stepping into the role of patient.  For 27 years, I have run without ache or injury.  I imagined that an injury would hit someday.  But I thought that someday would be about the time I was handed an AARP card.

Friends, there is a reason 40 year olds don't waterski.  Our rapidly aging bodies aren't meant to balance, swerve, and jerk like those half our ages.  I learned that lesson the hard way.

When the doctor arrived in the room, I outlined the accident and pointed to my throbbing hip and bum.  He stretched; I yelped.  He frowned; I wanted to cry.  In a soft tone, he uttered the bad news.  

"A hamstring strain or tear," he affirmed.

An X-ray followed with an MRI two days later.

While I'm awaiting the results, he told me the best case scenario (six weeks off running and PT) and the worst case (surgery and 20 weeks off running).

I tried about a million ways to get permission to run, but technically not run.

"What about the elliptical?" I asked the doctor.

He shook his head and said "no."

"How about the weightless treadmill?"

Same response.

"What about stairs?"

No change.

"Jogging in place?"

"Thinking about running?"

Every question was met with the same answer.  Running or anything similar to running was done, for awhile.

I asked my friend Nicole what I should do with my free time while I wasn't running.

"You should blog and write," she replied.

And so I am using my time to write.......about running.  

It's the next best thing.

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