Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Bone Scan


♪ Welcome to the new age, to the new age 
  Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I'm radioactive, radioactive...

So you get shot up with the dye and have to wait three hours for it to adequately spread before your scan. Luckily, I live about 17 minutes from the hospital where my test was being done, so I came home to hang out. I kept waiting for my superpowers to kick in, but I vacuumed at normal speed...boring.

I returned and had my test, which confirmed my Tibia is fractured. 
This is not my x-ray just a sample picture
I have a disk with my pictures, but no disk reader on my laptop

The inside part of the bone has a distinctive snap right about where the red x is. The bone narrows and it's vulnerable to stress fractures, according to the tech that did my scan.

The technician can not tell a patient if something is wrong, but he did show me how different my right leg looked from my left. I could see the problem as soon as the pictures popped on the screen.

Hubby and I went to eat after the test, and Wally the tech came to tell me the doctor confirmed it was a fracture as soon as he sent the images to him.

I haven't even spoke to the doctor yet, so I guess I will know more after tomorrow.



The hospital cafeteria food was healthy, very reasonable $, and we had a nice view - who knew! 
I actually ate a piece of tilapia and liked it. 



Seven weeks will be the stopping point in my marathon training. I will not be able to run.

I will not be part of the population that completes a marathon, my old body gave out on me, and it's time to listen to the limits my body is demanding.

I need to heal up and be ready for Disney February 22nd. (Princess Half Marathon)

I guess for now my Garmin log will record my longest run at 15.5 miles on 1-10-15



I have a long list of worries I am sure I will share in a future post, but for now I am out...and a little down.


Any ideas, other than drowning my sorrow in dark chocolate? What's the longest break from running you've been forced to take?

28 comments:

  1. Oh, Karen! I'm so sorry to hear that. I had a stress fracture in my ankle (I was radioactive too!) and did not run for 6 weeks. It still didn't feel right when I started back and I took another 4 weeks off. Yuck. The doc was tempted to cast it just so I couldn't run but I promised I would be good and I was. I did a lot of elliptical and bike. Non weight bearing activities were OK. I did get through it and you will too. I've run 28 half marathons since. BODIES WILL HEAL. Even older ones. :) I'm going to help you with that chocolate tonight.

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    1. Thank you! I am hopeful since I ran without pain recently that I will not have too tough a time when I get to Disney. I will take more time off after that if that's what the doctor orders. You were out quite awhile, that really scares me. :( I do believe in my heart I have already healed being out, but apparently the pain leaves before you are all the way healed. I hope this doesn't turn into a reoccurring issue. It does make me feel better you've been able to run do many races since being injured.

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    2. Everybody is different, so don't panic. Wait and see what the doc has to say. It is very encouraging that you ran without pain! You've got a month before Princess. Fingers crossed everything will be great by then. :) Chin up.

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    3. I am trying to remain calm, but since it's almost 3 a.m. and I am not asleep this isn't good. I am sure tomorrow at work won't feel fun.

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  2. Thanks for listening to me gripe and for the encouragement!!

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  3. Oh no! So sad for you! Take care. Hope you heal quickly.
    I had a stress fracture in my foot but ran 2 5ks with it. Yes, stupid.
    I had surgery for a broken ankle - I have 8 screws & a plate in it and have run 5 halfs since. You will be as good as new.

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    1. How did you break your ankle?
      I hope I can get over this hump and be back at it like you.

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    2. Slipped on ice. Out of running for five months. Came back too soon and got stress fracture in the other foot.

      You sound tough. I know you will

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    3. Oh that stinks! Five months is a long time.

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  4. Sorry to hear this! I hope that you can ride your bike. I ride more when I can't run!

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    1. I am not sure what activity he will say is okay, but it will help if I can bike. At my original appt. he wanted me in a pool and I don't have access. I am nervous about anything that may prolong healing.

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  5. so sorry to hear this. What a bummer! I hope you heal quickly, take it easy until you do!

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    2. Thanks Christy, I am anxious to talk to the doctor and see what he thinks.

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  6. Karen, I am SO SORRY you are suffering from a tibia fracture. This really sucks. :( We are here for you. I hope the doctor can give you a plan to come back STRONG. That's the thing about injuries... we all get them, it ALWAYS sucks, it ALWAYS tests us. BUT WE COME BACK STRONG and you will too!! This is just the sucky part.

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    1. Thanks Megan :)
      This is pretty sucky, I am struggling thinking about the coming weeks. I do not get many opportunities to do events like the Disney trip and I am very worried about it.
      I haven't been this injured since my shoulder issue, but at least with that I could keep moving :(

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  7. Bummer. I am so sorry Karen. Hopefully you can heal in time for the Disney race. Lots of crosstraining and strength training to maintain your cardio and muscles. The doc will give you more ideas about what you can and can't do for the next few weeks. I'm sure you will be stronger when you return to running!

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    1. I hope! I have been looking for a pool, nothing is very convenient, but maybe I can try to get a class in during the week.

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  8. Awww Karen, this broke my heart :( I'm so sorry you are hurt and have to give up training.

    I hope you heal in time for Disney, and then maybe you can start planning your marathon comeback. I know you're saying that you won't ever be part of the population that runs 26.2, but - forgive me - I simply don't believe you!! This is a setback. All it means is you can't run a marathon NOW. But you will one day! Never ever ever give up!!!

    Go to Disney. Have fun. Come back, keep working as hard as you can. You'll get your old self back one day!

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    1. I don't know if I will ever have the nerve to run more than a half now, i will see how I feel after I heal I guess.

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  9. So sorry to hear this news, Karen. I had to take off 12 weeks before. You can still cycle! You can still get stronger! YOU CAN STILL RUN A MARATHON, just not this one. You will come back stronger, I know it!

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    1. Yes! Listen to Cheryl! She said exactly what I was going to say. Your Garmin will read 15.5 as your long distance *for now* NOT forever (if you want to give the marathon a go again).

      Stress fractures are common in people of all ages and abilities (kara goucher has had one!), and your body is really strong and has carried you through amazing accomplishments. If you decide to train for a marathon again, you'll do it!

      In the mean time rest up because you're going to become a princess soon!

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  10. Oh my goodness! I am so sorry to hear about your fracture. Hope you heal well. And get to Disney next mth feeling better. -L

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    1. I plan on having fun at Disney! I hope it's healed.

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  11. Ugh! You poor thing! I am sorry! Wish I could give you a big hug! I hope your doctor works with you so you can run again. I ran again, after all four of my stress fractures. I don't believe you have an "old" body! You work hard and take care of yourself! This is just a side step on the road to the marathon! Hugs!

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    1. Well I am glad you came back and were strong after a fracture!

      All of you have given me some hope!!

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  12. Awwe, I'm so sorry, Karen!:( Seriously, I got so sad for you reading this.. I know you were training really hard. But hopefully your doctor can help you with a good recovery plan, and you'll be back in your running shoes in no time! And if you still want to you can always run a marathon next year. Or later if you feel like it. Hey, my mom is 54 and she ran the marathon with me. You're never too old to run a marathon, I'm pretty sure some of those people in Firenze ran with fake hips *wink wink* :) You'll have plenty of time to run when your leg heals, don't worry. You can probably still train on a bike - Ask your doctor about that!:D
    I really hope your leg will heal fast. Stay positive and keep smiling!:) BIG WARM HUGS from me!:)

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