Saturday, April 10, 2010
hahaha, since my most recent post things have gone down hill. I was stuck in bed for 5 days, in what can only be described as THE WORST PAIN I'VE EVER FELT. Keep in mind, 2 of my 3 kids were born "naturally" and very, very quickly. This was worse. After 2 days of listening to me cry every time I had to stand up or move my leg in any way, my husband forced me to the doctor. Diagnosis: piched sciatic. Yeah, I knew that. They gave me 30 Vicodan and sent me on my way. 2 days later, all Vicodan was gone. I was up to 3 every 2 hours just to keep the pain managable. Back to the doc we go, this time for a more in-depth look. Back xrays and an MRI. Also, RX for Percoset and a muscle relaxer. Ahhhh. Finally a break from the pain enough for me to get a semi-decent nights sleep. The MRI revealed a herniated disc in my lumbar area, causing inflammation of the sciatic, yada yada yada. Unfortunately it caused some minor (I guess) nerve damage. I now have numbness (think massive dose of novocaine numb) in half my foot including the ball, heel and two last toes, my entire calf and the upper thigh/hip area of both legs. This has been interesting. I almost always walk with a limp now, especially when I'm tired. I absolutely cannot stand on my tip-toes on my left foot alone. Weird. It just doesn't work. And worst of all, I can barely run. It's more of a loping skip. Not doing that in a marathon, no thanks. I'm disappointed, but I shall persevere. It may take a year or two longer. At least I can walk. I just have to be aware, because too much strain can cause another flare up and believe me, I would rather just chop my leg off than feel that again.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I has been 15 months since my last post. Wow. I actually totally forgot about this blog. I did not stick with my running goals, and did not participate in the 2009 marathon. Due mostly in part to procrastination, with a little illness and injury thrown in. My back was a constant source of pain for about 6 months. Since my last post, I've gained 20 pounds. My back is better but I have chronic pain in my left leg due to a pinched sciatic nerve, which also causes random cramping in my calf. In spite of all of the above, I've decided to try again. I'm trying to eat healthier, I'm doing the Biggest Loser on Wii workout, and I'm running on the treadmill as often as I can, at least twice a week. I am registered (paid for and everything) for the 2010 Rock and Roll Marathon, June 27th. I have friends also participating, so hopefully that will keep me motivated! Here's to a new year and a new me!