Thursday, January 31, 2013

It's All Mental

Monday I was super excited, gung ho on getting an early appointment to see the orthopedic doctor.  I went against my desire and lack of patience for a couple of reasons.  Three kids who have been taking enjoyment in spinning each other up in a small office, while I try to listen to the doctor was the biggest reason I decided to wait until the appointment today.
 
Stubborn as I am, I pretended the appointment was Monday and waltzed around the house like I went to the appointment.  The next morning I was quickly deflated.  The pitting edema was in full force, so I took it easy all day, thinking maybe I'm not ready, what if I'm not ready.  What if...blah blah blah.
 
Then on Wednesday I decided that one afternoon early wouldn't make a difference, I wouldn't be as annoyingly anxious as I was early in the week because it was only one day earlier and at an office fifteen minutes closer.  No luck, seems as if the good doctor was double booked all day.  I would bet money the icy conditions which caused school to be two hours late provided a full appointment book for many doctors.
 
Finally, today, the big day.  
 
In the last few days {yes it took all this time} I realized that healing isn't training and I was finally ready to listen, to slow it down.

The handsome doctor, wearing a fashionable yet smart suit, came in after my x-rays instantly appeared on the computer screen and said, "Everything looks fabulous".  He said to ditch the crutches as soon as I was ready, then get into my regular shoe with a side splint when I was ready to move out of the boot.  I would be the judge of when that would be, continue physical therapy and come back in a month.  He said, "It's all mental now, just listen to your body".  I knew it was all mental since I was actually a little scared to walk this morning.  He also said I probably wouldn't be able to do a half marathon in June, "but go ahead and prove me wrong".  We'll see.
 
I'm on my way!
 
Woot!  Woot!
 
On the way home I started thinking about how long I would stay in the boot.  What time frame should I give myself?  I thought about the woman who was in the boot for three months with the same injury as me.  No way, I'm too mental to be doing that. 

We stopped along the lake to take a picture for Theme Thursday.  It's super cold here today.  High of -1F with wind chills of -25F.  Of course, this was taken from inside the car for two reasons {boot & temp}.


iso 200, 70mm, 1/800 f13
SOOC - crop & straightened

As soon as I got home....I ditched the crutches.  I called my husband, picked up the piles of clean clothes on our bedroom floor, picked up the kitchen counter tops, made lunch for the girls and made myself a delicious salad with a lot of things that required multiple trips to the refrigerator.  I walked around picking up things and brought them to their proper homes.
 
The mood lightened, mine and the girls.  It's been a long seven and a half weeks.  I'm looking forward to working out, painting bedrooms, getting out and enjoying life.  
 
It really is the little things.  I'm so excited to be walking.  I am also thankful for the company and prayer.

YYIIPPPEEE!

23 comments:

  1. pretty pic. (I also like the steps in the pic up in the header of your blog.)

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    1. Thanks Kim. There's a little story behind the stairs....they are actually in our yard. :) I should probably do a little post about them?

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  2. Congrats on the upgrade to the boot! Woo-hoo!

    That picture is gorgeous, but my heart stopped when I read your temps. I remember weather that cold from Michigan. Never again. The ice shanties make me kind of homesick for Walled Lake, though. It takes a good eye to turn ratty old ice shanties into something as dreamy and pretty as your picture.

    Thanks for linking up. Hope to see you next week!

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    1. Exciting for sure!

      It's darn cold. Thankful for a heated garage!

      Looking forward to next week!

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  3. Yay!!! How exciting!!

    If I remember right, things happened about every couple weeks....boot, cast, boot with half weight, boot with full weight, no crutches, driving, etc.....My leg does still bother me sometimes...but I was jogging before Simeon and it was pretty good. What bothers me now is the large pin that goes all the way through my leg at the ankle. I can feel it sticking out....

    Yes, post about those stairs!!

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    1. So exciting!

      The doctor said the rest was up to me and what my body would allow. By the end of the night I was in shoes. :)

      I also think my leg feels different...but nothing like yours. I have to say that might freak me out a bit.

      Stairs post coming up! It's kind of a neat story. :)

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    1. Thank you...and way too cold! Even colder this morning!

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  5. -25?? I cannot even imagine! I hope you get to feeling better soon!

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    1. Hi Holly,

      I can hardly imagine it myself. It's days like this all I want to do is stay in but with these new feet, all really want to do it move around, shop, or something!

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  6. Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. And cold. Mostly gorgeous.

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    1. The froth next to the fish houses make me mostly think cold....really cold. YIKES!

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  7. So glad to hear you're up and about and feeling great! Now if only we could have some warmer weather. . .

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    1. I'm all for that Shelly!!! It's nice to see you again!

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  8. Yay Tina! Now just pace yourself and don't start training for another marathon too soon :)

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  9. Yeah for no crutches! I love your photo, Tina. Your photos, as always, are gorgeous.

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    1. PS. I think of you training for a marathon almost every morning when I'm huffing and puffing on my treadmill. You're inspiring me! :) But probably not for a marathon...

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    2. Thanks Colleen! And if my undisciplined self can do it...you can do it. Start with something smaller and work your way up. You totally could do it. The only hard thing really is having the time to do it. That's the hardest part, really.

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  10. Happy Dance Time!

    Carefully, of course...:)

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    1. Happy dance goin' on! Mostly just the arm movements! :)

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  11. Oh my goodness! Talk about a new lease on life, right?!! I remember feeling that way somewhat after healing from my c-section but it was more gradual so I can only imagine how you felt with your good news. Yes, there is so much joy to be found in the small things! Congratulations!

    You take beautiful pictures! Wow! Love that shot...I feel cold just looking at it. ;-)

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    1. Totally new lease on life! After having three C-sections and a broken leg....I *think* I'd rather have a C-section!

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