Slice of life
Our Slice of Life Today

I am enjoying the quiet of a courtyard outside the St Mary’s medical center cafeteria as my wife endures the final surgical procedure following her mastectomy in May. We are both so ready for her to put this behind and be as fully healed as possible. Hope to see her in an hour or so and make her smile.

Our oldest son took off for a fun weekend with college friends before venturing to New England for a 3-month work opportunity we all hope translates into something longer term.

Our second son thought his bike would be okay THIS ONE TIME without being locked. Wrong, unfortunately. I am praying someone is just borrowing it and it will reappear (a bit optimistic).

Our daughter begins her last weekend of summer by working at the pool. One more workday, and then school.

Had my last PT appointment before revisiting the orthopedist next week.

PT and such

It’s been since July 16th since I’ve last run and I’ve been exercising for the physical therapist for about 4 weeks. I still feel some tenderness in spots, but am working to be consistent. Exercises/stretches include:

2 sets of 20 toe curls with an elastic band

2 sets of 20 toe curls dorsiflexed

4 sets of 15 heel raises (last set with need bent)

2 sets of 2 minute towel scrunching (need to get this one done)

3 sets of calf stretches with twists

3 sets of plantar foot stretches

Next week I go back to the orthopaedist to find how I am progressing.

Travel Day

Son number 1 moves briefly from DC to home today before leaving for DC again on Monday. The brief time at home needs to include the purchase of a car. I’ll be on the road to DC very shortly.

Silly poplars! It’s not fall yet.

Silly poplars! It’s not fall yet.

Sprain Update

Wednesday was the first PT visit. I was able to arrange coming once a week for the next 4 weeks. This week’s exercises are working the plantar fascia (toe curls and toe curls in dorsi flexion), and the achilles (heel raises). Doing these twice a day, but just once yesterday. Next visits will be on Tuesdays.

Last evening we visited a drive in theater to watch Guardians of the Galaxy (meh) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (good acting and plot line). Didn’t get home until quite late and was up early for church duties. Enjoyed a kids musical this afternoon, and looking forward to sleep.

Chill on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

Chill on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

Sprain, sprain, go away!

I finally got to the orthopaedic doctor yesterday. She said that I probably have a mid foot sprain, besides achilles tendinitis and muscle weakness. Tomorrow I visit the physical therapist — round 1. I will really need to find out how to lower the cost at $40 copay per visit. Hopefully there is a way to make that happen.

Summer catch up…running on hold

I am overdue on monthly running re-caps… I believe it was in May that I achieved running for 60 minutes…Ah the bane of my running: striving for achievements without listening to my body.

Shortly after that 60 minute run I was having more heel problems. I wanted to see a massage therapist, but kept putting it off. I cut back in my mileage, and sometimes only got out once a week.

The week of July 12th I left for a missions trip with my church to the Dominican Republic. I got in two good runs, and then played capture the flags with too much intensity. After jumping down, jumping over, jumping down, etc, etc, jumping, my right foot was very sore by the end of the night. The next morning it was swollen. I returned home the 19th, and the swelling went down, but the pain remained. 

I fear I achieved a stress fracture in my foot. I finally got that massage, and now I am seeking a good orthopaedist.

Lessons are hard, but I am hoping for some good professional help toward proper recovery.

Trip to Cali… So far

Traceling out to Rosamond, CA to help my Dad celebrate his 85th birthday with all my siblings. Started today 4:30-wish, then picked up my ride to the airport. The flight to Dallas was delayed, so they put me on an earlier flight. Good overall first leg of the two.

Meanwhile, back at home, my daughter awoke with a painfully stiff neck that prompted my wife to take her to the ER. That prompted me to check in with insurance (individual market place has not been my friend) to see if I have a policy number for her yet. The fax I sent on the 11th was not found in the state system, therefore she has no coverage. Thankfully nothing was serious, but I will have to sort that out when I return.

While trying to check on insurance from the Dallas airport the most unruly, screaming child drowned out my conversations. Finally, airport security (??) showed up to help. Come on, parents… public place.. people on the phone. That child runs the household, I fear.

Boarding final plans in a bit.

A Little Getaway… Reasons for running

Last night I got to spend the night with my wife in a swanky little spot called “Holy Redeemer Hospital”, Room 30xx. She got the bed. I got the recliner. She got the pain pump. I got the pain in the neck.

Surgery went well yesterday, but recovery will take a while, as well as adjustments to what was, isn’t, but will be in the future. My wife is a courageous lady. After the surgery all the news has been good. Praise God.

One of the reasons for my wanting to run and work towards fitness is simply to make sure I am around and able for when my family needs me. Glad to put up with a little nagging soreness and be here at this time my wife needs me.

Rainbows to enhance the drive home.

Rainbows to enhance the drive home.

Belated April Running Report

All through April I progressed toward my goal of running for 60 minutes. I reached that goal in early May, but even the best of goals and approaches aren’t necessarily the healthiest. Last Friday I ran and was pretty sore afterward in the lower legs.

After that 4.75 mile 5K a couple weeks ago I’ve been really wanting to seek out a massage therapist, preferably one who practices mylofascial release technique. I found a podiatrist in town who is an ultra runner. Bingo — who ought to know more about lower leg pain than someone who MUST have had this once in a while. The doc was a nice guy but talked incessantly, practices “traditional” techniques, and wants me to come back after I can comfortably touch my toes in three weeks. I’ll go back and touch my toes, and then continue my search. Oh well.

I rested all week and went back out today for 4.25 miles. It felt really nice at the beginning, but in retrospect I think I knew I went out too fast. 9:21 pace…not the 10:00 pace I am aiming for in building my base.

I will keep on stretching to touch my toes and work on strengthening…consistently.