Monday, September 27, 2010

The final countdown

I had my pre-op appointment this morning.  Finally.  I had questions and concerns that I was dying to talk to him about.  I received good news and also bad news. 

Good news:  I will be sedated prior to getting FIVE injections in my foot to give me an ankle block.  I will feel no pain.  Phew. 

Bad news:  He does have to cut my toe and insert screws to straighten it out.  Bummer.  I have been looking at photos on the internet and my bunion just doesn't look as bad as some of those I've seen.  Apparently he feels differently.  :( 
Also, I thought I would be going back to work after 14 days.  Today he told me I should take six weeks off.  We compromised at 3.5 weeks.  We'll see how I'm healing at my post-op (~2 weeks) and maybe that will change. 

Now I wait for 8:00 a.m. Friday morning to arrive.

I have been doing more of the things I love, trying to keep my mind off the inevitable.

Sara and I went to Disneyland Tuesday to see it decorated for Halloween.  We had a great time.  It was colder than we expected.  I only had my sweater off for about 45 minutes the entire day we were there.

Friday I took Leanne to Garin for a "5 or 6 mile run" that ended up being 8.62 miles.  Oopsie!  According to Leanne, I do this every time we go out - underestimate the mileage.  She doesn't mind though, she is loving trail running.  I wanted to do the northern loop that I haven't done since Winter.  I love the single track trails over that way and as soon as we got to them, I was so happy I had chosen that route.  It's just beautiful.  We saw two coyotes so I ended up leashing Boomer in the open areas so he wouldn't be tempted to go play with them.  :-/

I am taking Thursday off to get in one more long run with Boomer.  I'm trying to decide the best place to go.  Some place that will leave me satisfied for the long recovery period that will begin the next day.  I will be sure to post Thursday night with my September totals (highest running mileage of the year!) and photos of where I chose to do my final run.

"MED2010" Accountability:
09/23 - 1.65 mile walk, "24LIFT" class
09/24 - 8.62 mile trail run
09/25 - 1.5 mile walk
09/26 - 2 mile walk
09/27 - 3.65 mile walk, Yoga

Until later.............


Char said...

Thanks for those photos of Disneyland. My sister and her family have been over there - my niece was dancing - and it's nice to get a glimpse of what she's experienced.

Kim said...

Love the Disney photos. It looks so nice w/ the decorations.

Good luck w/ your surgery. A friend of mine had that and was told 6 weeks too, but it didin't take her that long to recover. Have fun w/ your long run.

Lisa said...

Have a great run on Thursday with Boomer. Chin up about the surgery. It will be an inconvenience in the short term, but should be a good thing in the long run. :-)

RBR said...

I know, it can be discouraging, but listening to the doctors and letting yourself heal is the quickest way to getting you back on the trails you love!

Thinking about you!

I really need to get out to Garin again. Such a beautiful place.

Runners Fuel said...

Great photos!

Irene said...

I like how DL decorates for certain holidays! It also looks like you picked a good day to be there - not overly crowded!!!

Sending you healing thoughts for your surgery and recovery!

aron said...

i never though about DL at halloween - how fun!!! looks like you guys had a great time, i havent been there in forever :(

love the trail pics, its starting to look like fall in them, but it definitely doesnt feel like it :-/

will be thinking of you TONS on friday! you will recover very fast and it will be over before you know it. hang in there! wish i was off on thursday to go run with you! cant wait to see what you pick.


Best of luck with the surgery. You will probably be real glad when it is all said and done.

Kris said...

Hang in there! You'll be back on your feet (and the trails) before you know it. :)

Mark Tanaka (Ultrailnakaman) said...

I think I've seen those same coyotes (though who knows how many there are).

Good luck with the operation and recovery!

trailmomma said...

I had my bunion done in college. I was out all summer long and it stunk.

Although, the end result was better but I never did go back and get my other foot done. :-)

Anonymous said...

I love Disneyland when it's all decorated for Halloween!

I know there aren't really any words that can comfort you, but you will survive this surgery and the recovery time. Just gotta take it day by day! I'll be thinking of you :)

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

I'll be praying for you on Friday! I know you won't like it but you will be so much better after getting it taken care of. You'll be on those trails again in no time.

Enjoy your runs. You always have the most beautiful photos of places you run. (love the DL photos too!)

Ewa said...

I'll be sending positive vibes your way on Friday. You are in great shape, you will surprise your doc at the speed of your recovery.
Enjoy the trails on Thursday. Hopefully it will be a bit cooler by then.

RunningLaur said...

I never pictured Disney decorated for Halloween, but it's cute.
I'll be thinking of you Friday morning for sure!

Katie A. said...

Very jealous of your Disneyland trip! And nice job on the run! As soon as you're ready, I'm all over running with you!
I will be thinking about you lots on Thursday and Friday and hoping/praying all will go well! Take care little lady! Big hug to you! ;)

RoadBunner said...

I have always wanted to go to Disney for Christmas. I've seen the decorations since I've gone in January for the races, but I don't think it is as special after Christmas has passed.

Good luck with the procedure! Sending quick healing thoughts your way.