Day's Run

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My pits are killing me!

So those fantastic crutches had to go back.  Loved them, but my forearms were too short for them and it was pinching me at the elbows.  Serious bummer!  Which means I’m on the crummy crutches and it sucks.  From the bruises on my arms to the pain my poor left leg is going through.

But I’m getting ahead of things.  I did see the orthopaedic doctor a week and half ago.  He said it’s a Femoral Neck Stress Fracture and that I need to be on the crutches for a month.  Since I don’t have a limp and can stand well enough, he’s allowing me to put my right foot down and use the crutches to assist in taking the weight off of it.  Way better than taking all the weight off of it.  I thought I was going to die!  I’ve included this video to explain stress fractures.  It’s a little long, but holds a lot of information.

Now the MRI didn’t state which type of break I had.  It did say it was near the end of the bone though.  Some days are good and others suck.  Today is one of the worst in a long time.  There’s a cold front coming through.  Oh crap!  I’m officially old now.  My bones are aching!  Ppptttssss!

Oh a good note.  Darlena over at runfindyourhappypace had a contest last month for a $15 gift card to “Gone for a Run”.  Well the first person to win was MIA so my name was the next one picked!  I told her it couldn’t have come at a better time.  So I finally got the code to use the gift card and well I went a little crazy….  Thanks Darlena!


All the prayers in the world didn’t save me from this…

So the MRI results came back on Saturday.  Thankfully following a wonderful morning with Summer at Pawtoberfest.  We tried to win the costume contest.  Her tutu was so cute and she had so much fun.  I was so proud of her and she did sparkle and shine.

Anyway the results are just what I expected.  Broken.  A femoral neck stress fracture.  It’s taken me a few days to let it sink in.  Saturday I had pizza sulking day.  Sunday I struggled to mow the lawn – yeah I know, bad idea.  Today, I found out I have to be on either crutches or in a wheelchair.  Absolutely no weight on my leg.  This morning, I went to try out the regular crutches and oh hell no!  They ate up my arm pits after two seconds.  I believe my shoulders would be injured in a day (I’ve had rotator cuff problems before).  And well I can’t even begin to describe the humiliation I would go through at my job to be in a wheelchair.  So I searched online and found these….SmartCRUTCH!Smart CrutchTaken from their website:

smartCRUTCH is a versatile mobility device designed to prevent the pain, discomfort and injury commonly associated with conventional underarm or forearm crutches. The unique design offers individuals with short term injuries, long term disabilities or people suffering from chronic hand, wrist or joint disease, a new option in mobility.

Unlike conventional crutches that direct an individual’s entire weight load on the hands and wrists, smartCRUTCH is designed to transfer weight load to the forearm. The forearm platform can be adjusted from 15° to a 90° giving users the ability to minimize the compressive forces on the hands and wrists. The smartCRUTCH design spreads the load over a larger surface area resulting in less pain, discomfort and reduction of potential injuries.

smartCRUTCH is engineered with durable, lightweight materials and feature ergonomically designed grips to maximize comfort. The forearm platform utilizes memory foam padding for long lasting comfort and an easy push-pin height adjustment system. An hourglass shaped tip is designed to reduce shock and improve grip on a wide variety of surfaces.

I spent the money for them – $130.00 with shipping.  I got the pink ones too!  They come in other colors as well:  blue, red, orange, white.  But I liked the pink.  I should have them by Thursday.  I’ll let you know how they are and if they work better than regular crutches (which by the way cost $80).

I have an appointment with the orthopedic doctor on Friday to see where this needs to go.  Don’t know if I’ll need surgery yet.  Just know that I’m going to be out of my next race – Route 66 Half.  Doctor said today that there is no way I’ll be able to run it.  I’m still going to go.  I made a promise to go with my friend Sarah.  I’ll be there with my super techie crutches and my “FREE HUGS” sign.

A lot of people offered up prayers in hopes that everything would be okay.  Even I pushed on with PT hoping that it would produce the miracle I needed.  Neither did.  I kept telling myself it wasn’t broken.  Like a kid telling a lie over and over again in hopes that even he would believe it was true.  All the signs were there from the beginning and I didn’t want to see them.  I wanted to be a runner again.