Monday morning I went in to the Orthopedic specialist to get my left leg checked. The off again, on again pain, needed to be checked.
We talked about the ever-changing symptoms, how much I improved while I was sick, and then he started squeezing my shin and calf. My calf was good, he couldn't make it hurt :)
However, one very tiny spot on the inside of left leg was very tender to the squeeze.
|Apparently, I have a posterior shin splint - that's the exact spot that hurts|
After he took and read the x-ray, he said he needed a bone scan to determine if I had a stress fracture causing my shin splint.
Doctor to Karen: "You need to take a full week off this week."
Karen, trying to hide a surge of overwhelming panic and sweating, ...okay, maybe I am exaggerating, but not much, "Why would I do that?! If doesn't even hurt that bad."
Doctor: "No matter what it is, rest will make it better."
Doctor: "You can pool run."
Karen: "I don't have access to a pool."
"You don't understand, I don't even want to take my drop back week." Followed by more panic...
We had a conversation about my plans for the next few months. I was not a good patient and wouldn't fully commit to rest this week. It's hard to make a decision like that with no concrete information. I need to know if it's truly a fracture, or just some pesky tissue inflammation, I hope I can get the scan scheduled soon, so I can move forward.
I will take my anti-inflammatory everyday, begrudgingly skip my daily runs this week, and see how I feel by Saturday, so I can decide if I am going to skip my long run.
I was cruising along so happily with this training, and I expected some aches and pains along the way, but the one thing I really don't want to do is hurt myself, and be out long term...ever.
I say this all the time...however, every fiber of my being stood on edge, ready to wadge a war with the doctor when he said chill out this week...
So how am I handling this? Like any rational person, I ate a bunch of chocolate and wrote this.
It's going to be a long week. Seriously...waiting is the worst.