The one thing I will say is that I have flat out refused to let this latest thing derail my resolve. Monday I did my strength training and interval 5K on the treadmill. Tuesday, I did strength training and another interval 5K on the treadmill in the morning and then went to Muay Thai that evening. Wednesday, I got up and did my first outside 5K since the shots were put in my foot. Thursday, I slept in as the bronchitis caught up with me but I went to Muay Thai in the evening. This morning I ran a slower 4 miles (no intervals) and Saturday morning I have my special black belt prep class from 7:30-9.
My foot has been slower to feel better than I would like and I'm sure some of that is due to the tendinitis I had developed due to the heel injury. Right now I seem to have a really good day followed by a so-so day. I actually have a call into my podiatrist right now as I want to have a discussion to determine if I need to come in and have another shot. I don't think I ever mentioned it but not one of the three doctors (one MD, one Sports Medicine Kinesiologist, and one Podiatrist) could agree on what was wrong with my foot so I've basically been attacking it in every way possible. Thought maybe you'd like to see some of the gadgets:
This is a brace that is used for tendinitis and plantar fasciitis. It keeps the foot flexed so that the tendons are straight. At first I was wearing it for me heel (it didn't help) but now I'm wearing it for the tendinitis on the left side of my foot. I can't wear it to bed because it's bulky and Mr. Helen sleeps to my left so it would be annoying to him. Instead, I've been carting it to work and if I know I'll be sitting for a while, I put it on. Then once I'm home and sitting, I wear it until bed time.
These are all natural medicines for inflammation. One is a cream that I rub all over my foot, the other is a pill to get the inflammation internally. I'm not sure how effective they are for long term but I'd rather try natural stuff than constantly be taking Aleve or Motrin.
And this is my favorite thing ever! I would even recommend this if you ever just have achy feet. It is a sock, which has places to insert ice packs. One ice pack is on top where the tendinitis is and the other is below my sore heel.
Finally, at the end of July, I invested in a pair of orthopedic flip flops from Orthaheel.. I wanted to be able to wear a sandal and my regular old cheap flip flops were only making my foot hurt more. These came in super handy around house too because I have wood floors and let me tell you, those feel extra hard when you have a sore foot. I liked the flip flops so much, just this week I bought a pair of their slippers. While expensive, I think these were good investments for the long range health of my feet.
I think I've given this foot thing the whole college try. Now I just wish the damn thing would heal!
What I'm most proud of this week is that I have kept my eating controlled. While I've often found myself still wanting to Pain Eat/Medicate, I have simply just refused to do it. I suppose I just feel done and want to move on from the fog I've been in for almost 6 months. I also have been building in planned treats. My treat on Wednesday was a homemade chunky chicken salad sandwich on the beautiful dark rye pumpernickel bread I bought at the Big E, with a serving of Ruffles potato chips. That might not sound like a treat to some of you, but normally I would put that chicken salad over greens and eat cucumber "chips." My next treat is scheduled for Saturday but I'm not sure what it will be yet. I won the football picks last weekend so Mr. Helen has to wine and dine me! Well, not wine what the antibiotics and all but maybe dine and dessert?
Even with all the creeping crud I've got going on, I'm feeling more like myself than I have in a while. Let's hope this trend continues.