Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Hola! Miss me!

I have thought about blogging, I have looked at my screen and then I closed it.  I have nothing to talk about, but I do, I really do.  Here is the quick recap of what has been going on since you last heard from me.....which was October! WOW okay this list might be long.

October
  • Wore my cast, did my therapy for my ankle
  • Went back to work full time after a 15 month maternity leave - insert sad face
  • Talk to a nutritionist about my diet, basically she confirmed everything I know. My body hates sugar and responds negatively to it.
  • Halloween! It was fun, girls were cute!

November
  • Chatted up my Ortho doctor and since PT is not helping looks like surgery.
  • Had an MRI  - that determined that I have an OLD torn ligament, a weird benign tumor thingy and something else, I forget. I emailed the Doc and he said
    • This means that the ligament is stretched out which is why your ankle is unstable. This is the main reason why surgery is indicated.  You have a very small fluid collection that was incidentally found on MRI. I would not worry about this since it is benign and will not affect the surgery or your recovery.
    • Surgery scheduled for Jan 29th
  • Thanksgiving happened! Was fun as usual, full of food and many meals

December
  • Worked
  • Started PiYo
  • Shopped (mostly online)
  • Worked
  • Decorated
  • Ate
  • Returned
  • Undecorated
  • Worked
  • Yup that about sums it up! December was great, but pretty much fits in to the standard crazy events of December. :)
  • Still doing PiYo
I look on to January and  I have no goals at this point. Guess I should think about that.

Monday, October 6, 2014

One day at a time

I am done pouting or at least that is what I am telling myself. I just finished riding my bike for 20 minutes and doing some arm weights. My ankle is throbbing now. The doctor and the physical therapist both said I can ride the bike but this was my first time getting on it.

I was hoping to go for at least 30 minutes, but I can tell I am going to have to build up. Riding the spin bike while boring at least gives me something I can do, besides focusing on my eating. I have found that I have slipped in to bad habits, in not eating and just drinking a lot of coffee and then eating a bad meal.  I am working on fixing that this week. I went grocery shopping this morning also and stocked up on healthy food that also taste good.

Besides  that, not much is different. One more week in the boot and then I go to a lace up brace. I can't wait to switch because me and the boot are not doing so well, it just makes me grumpy. I am trying to look on the bright side and I just can't find one.

Off to be awesome.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Welcome to October

I have been silent for a few days because I have been sulking. While I was excited to go to the Ortho doctor on Monday I was not happy about the outcome.

While I have a bad sprain right now, I have ankle instability and my ligaments are very week. Here are the next steps.

Step #1: Come back in 6 weeks to re-evaluate

Step #2: Sign up to see a PT
Step #3: Wear boot for 2 more weeks

Step #4: Switch to lace up cast for 4 weeks

Step #5: At follow up in 6 weeks, if ankle is not stronger schedule MRI

Step #6: Discuss surgery options

If my ankle does not improve significantly over the next 6 weeks we will discuss surgery. The surgery would be to clear out old scar tissue and repair the ligaments (Brostrum). The procedure can include shortening and reattaching the lateral ligaments to reconstruct them. The MRI would tell us exactly how much needs to be done.  This has a 3-6 months recovery time, or longer.

One thing the doctor pointed out, nicely is that I need to lose weight. He said I am carrying to much weight for my poor ankles to support. He is surprised that I was able to run without more injury or pain.  He encouraged me to start working on weight loss.  I have actually reached out to my doctor for a referral to a nutritionist.

Today is a new day a day to start fresh. I plan to start posting what I eat through out the day to help keep me accountable. As for running, we will see if I can get back to that at some point, my blog might need a new name. For now it is non weight baring exercise, bike, swimming, elliptical, rowing ect. Time to check out some classes at the local pool.

Happy First Day of October.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


How is fall treating you! It was like a switch was flipped, cool weather a little rain and Fall arrived. I am trying to embrace it as it is here, but I am not a fan of fall. I don't like the wet rain that comes with it. How is fall treating you so far?

I love good news after bad news. Monday, I got an appointment with an Orthopedic Doctor, but it was 3 weeks out. I was extremely bummed.

Tuesday morning I called and asked to be put on the wait list. They did that, then I asked if they could check while I was on the phone. She did and BAM! I have appointment on Monday! Super psyched about that. I want this darn boot off.  It already feels a ton better, like a 2-3 on the pain scale. I know, I know keep it in the boot until the doctor releases, me but I really want it out.

I have finished my first week of the squat challenge. I am feeling good, and can still move around.  Today is a rest day and week 2 starts tomorrow.












Monday, September 22, 2014

Happy Monday

I posted this on my Facebook yesterday and I just kept thinking about how we juggle life. Sometimes we are so busy that we cannot keep up, and other times we are just waiting for life to happen.

I was going along in the busy state and was forced to slow down. It's Monday and I have to call and try to get in with the Orthopedic doctor as soon as possible. I would love to be out of this boot soon. My foot is feeling a bit better, although swollen looking still, so I embrace it the best I can.

Plan for the week:
- Eat the best I can
- Weights, abs and other upper body work
- Foot exercise the doctor sent home with me. Never to early to strengthen.

How was your weekend?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I've been booted


Thursday, I rolled my ankle. I have done that 1 million times before. About every 6 months I roll it so bad it hurts for several days. I woke up Friday and I was still in pain, so I decided to go to the doctor. The last time I went to the doctor for my ankle, I was in high school.  We decided it was best to get an x-ray and see what the damage was or if there was any. 

Findings:
  • Bone fragment along the inferior tip of the medial malleolus, this appears to be old trauma, however in the setting of new trauma, an acute fracture component is not excluded.
  • Minimal plantar and posterior calcaneal spurring is observed.
  • Mild soft tissue swelling and join effusion may be present.
I was sad, so I ate pie. Yummy, Dutch apple pie. Then I got over it and sat down and figured out how I am going to still workout, until I see the Orthopedic doctor. This week should be interesting, to say the least.  For now, I make stupid boot jokes, take it off to drive as it is my right foot and overall have a pity party.


Have you ever been booted?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Seattle Brain Cancer Walk 2014



Today our team is participating in the 2014 Seattle Brain Cancer Walk benefiting the Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment at Swedish Medical Center. You might be wondering why we are walking for Brain Cancer.
Proceeds from the 7th Annual Seattle Brain Cancer Walk will support research efforts underway at the Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment at Swedish Medical Center. When it opened in 2008, the Ivy Center was the first brain tumor-specific community-based facility of its kind in our region. Today, with the support of our donors, the Ivy Center has become a preeminent Center of Excellence, offering patients coordinated, patient-centered care through a team approach that tailors the most advanced surgery and oncology treatment with access to promising new clinical trials. The Ivy Center's world-class research laboratory, which is funded almost entirely by philanthropy, is gaining national and international attention for its unique approach to fighting brain cancer

Please consider making a donation.  Donations can be made at our team site - Amazing Joe.


Photo from BCW 2010