Thursday, May 17, 2007

Better Than 50/50

Now I know why I hate going to the doctor. Once I finally admit that I need their services it is nearly impossible to get in to see them. Admittedly part of this is my own fault due to work schedules and a planned vacation.

I called a doctor in the clinic I usually use. They had an orthopedist/sports medicine guy. He had an appointment on the May 24; 10 days from the day I called. That wasn't going to work because I was planning on being in Carpinteria camping. But then the scheduler found an opening on the 15th due to a cancellation. I took it, but I would be seeing one of the docs PA's first as the doc was in high demand.

Later that day I got a call from the clinic. That appointment "was made in error, could I reschedule for Friday?" Friday is my travel day to the big annual trade show for my industry, so that wasn't going to work. The next time that our schedules coincided was Tuesday, May 29. I wasn't thrilled about that but I took the appointment. I figured two weeks off the foot would probably do it some good anyway.

Later that day Celeste suggested that I give her orthopedist a call. (As a side note, Celeste came back to work for us just last week. So now I'm not a lone soldier in my department anymore and I have a running buddy to commiserate with, Yeah!). Her doc was able to see me on Wednesday at 9:45. I snatched that appointment up.

The doc seemed pretty knowledgeable. He asked about how long it has hurt, whether I changed shoes, etc... He took an x-ray just to see. Of course stress fractures aren't usually found in an x-ray but it is a place to start. The x-ray were unremarkable, no sign of fracture as expected. He also prodded and poked my foot. There was no pain associated with this. Normally the point of the fracture is quite sensitive. Since I'm able to walk without a limp and from everything else he heard and saw he thinks I may just have tendonitis. He prescribed an anti-inflammatory and said he wanted to see me in two weeks. If I still had pain he would send me for a bone scan or MRI to definitively rule out the stress fracture.

I'm pretty much OK with taking the two weeks off. Over the weekend and until Tuesday, May 22. I will be at the trade show. Then I will be in Carp camping until Sunday, May 27. Then things get a little bothersome. The first of the two half marathons is Monday the 28th, Memorial Day. The doc wants to see me on the 30th. So instead of waiting two weeks I have an appointment set up with the doc on Wednesday the 23, the only day I'll actually be home before the race.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the meds will improve the pain (and they should if it is just tendonitis). If the darn thing is still aching then I have a decision to make.

What do you think the odds are that I'll run the half marathon on Memorial Day?

17 comments:

angie's pink fuzzy said...

hmm...i think you probably shouldn't, but will anyway...

at least it seems like it's not a fracture!

Backofpack said...

My guess is...you'll be running. I sure hope so!

Wes said...

Somehow, I think you'll get it done. Just might be your funnest race ever :-)

Lisa said...

Well, knowing how it's absolutely killing you to stay off your feet, I know you'll be running it!!!

Hope you're having fun in Seattle!!!

Joe said...

A bit of a dillema, Darrell. I'm not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, so I'm going to encourage you to think carefully. Maybe even think about what route best gets you to MCM, rounding the turn back towards the Iwo Jima Memorial with no pain, happy to soon receive your medal.

Jason The Running Man said...

Your probably going crazy having to stay off your feet for that long...but hang in there. Thanks for the nice comments.

Randy said...

Darrell - thanks for stopping by my blog. I hate to see that you too are going thru some injuries. I had a soft tissue problem about 10 days ago that I thought might have been a stress fracture as well, but it turned out to be high shin splints I guess...the anti-inflammatories took care of it as long as I lay off any hill work for a while.
I will add you to my list of places to visit.....keep coming back....

robtherunner said...

I hope the time off heals whatever it is that is hurting. You're a maniac so I think you might be running, but you might be smarter than the rest of us maniacs as well.

Randy said...

Woohoo...got my two 5k's done today and I set a PR in one and my wife set a PR for herself in the second one...a great it was...hope your injury is healing....

Donald said...

That sounds like a pretty good diagnosis, under the circumstances. I'd say the half is doable - you're certainly in good enough aerobic shape to pull it off after two down weeks.

Heal well.

Anonymous said...

I can't stand going to the doctors office either!

human touch

Juls said...

I'll keep my fingers crossed for your foot and pass on the advice/prediction of your race. Best of luck.

Bob Gentile said...

YA I figure You will be running it too :-) recover well my friend!!

Sarah said...

Try to enjoy your time off. Sending you quick healing vibes!
: )

Rae said...

I had tendonitis a couple of years ago and it sounds exactly like the way you described your injury. I was back to running a couple of miles at a time within a week or two because I'm so bull headed!! Just take it easy if you do run the half, increasing speed and hills bothered my tendonitis the most.

David said...

Odds: 4-1 and that's without riding Street Sense.

If the Celebrex works and the pain subsides, you'll have it licked but it'll still be tender.

If you do race you should run, not race; at least for this first half.

You still have time before you have to be prepped and ready to start the MCM training. Just bear that start date in mind with whatever you do.

David said...

Have you ever suffered from plantar fasciitis?