Today I followed up with my doctor for the stress fractures. Still in my CAM boot (it’s been about 7 weeks now) and still having pain. After I reminded him that my first half marathon was in TEN days, he thought the pain might be from the bursitis and not the fractures, as they should be healing. SHOULD BE?!? I have been so good in wearing that boot (even to bed!) and not doing any running or even walking without the boot. We don’t have the results from the x-rays but hopefully they will show some healing. In the meantime, he gave me a cortisone shot right between the toes (OUCH). If the x-ray looks good, he said I could try light running in a few days (should be much less pain), and I will be able to run/walk in the marathon. I’ll take it!
In other news, both my girls have flown the coop – Ashley has moved to Seoul, South Korea to start her teaching job, and Morgan has moved to her apartment in New York City for her sophomore year at college. Running is empty nest therapy!
WHAT A SUMMER!
I have to admit, I thought this was going to be a wonderful summer. My oldest daughter was fulfilling her dream and moving to Seoul, South Korea. She was accepted to teach English at her first choice school, and expected to leave mid-July. Due to multiple snags, glitches and being at the mercy of not one but two governments, her papers still are being processed and home she waits. Needless to say her spirits are sagging and patience is just about non-existent.
My next and youngest daughter left college in NYC in the spring with the plan that for this school year (which begins in 3 1/2 weeks) she would find an apartment with three of her friends (all of whom live in surrounding boroughs to NYC). As time passes, there is talk that the friends might just commute from home to school, which is impossible for my daughter. This is not definitive, but how patient can you be when you are talking about possibly not having a living space? Her nerves are just about rattled.
For me, today is exactly one month before the Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon in Virginia Beach, my first-ever half marathon and the beginning of my year-long 50th birthday celebration. Unfortunately, I am still in my CAM boot nursing stress fractures and bursitis, and haven’t been able to train for over a month. It goes without saying that due to my injuries, my family hasn’t been able to do many of the fun family outings that we had planned. It’s easy to feel like a bad mom, still, even when your kids are grown, when you can’t do anything to help them with their situations, and you can’t even follow through on promises you made.
I consider myself a very patient person, but this summer is really testing me!