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I had an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon on Friday afternoon and we decided no more swimming - or anything that has the possibility of causing the tiniest motion in my foot - in hopes of getting my stress fracture to heal on its own. If it doesn't heal I'll have surgery on 6/22 to put a pin in it. The decision about that will be based on x rays on 6/16.
I am proud of myself for:
-stopping working out, basically (I did some stretching and core this AM)
-making sure I get enough calcium
-making sure I get enough calories (the desire to just stop eating has been really, really strong, because no one ever seems to believe how much emotional pain I am in unless it is visible on my body, and even if they would believe the words I simply cannot describe how devastating this feels sometimes. Not all of the time, but sometimes). Anyway, I know I will never be able to forgive myself if I don't do everything possible to avoid surgery, and that at least has gotten me to eat enough the past couple of days. It would be so much easier to become a skeletal human again)
-making a page in my journal for a list of non-exercise coping strategies so I have a go-to list when I need them. I am on day 17 in a row of healthy coping skills which is the longest streak in awhile!
-reaching out for help and support both in real life and on the main forum
- letting myself feel all the feelings
There are lots of thing I'm grateful for in terms of being injured around family (Rather than OK), having the $$$ for medical stuff insurance won't cover, etc --- I'm very aware this could be a lot worse.
My goal for the coming week is to keep doing everything I can to avoid surgery.
I hope you all are doing a lot better than I am physical-health wise!
maybe she's born with it, maybe it's chlorine
If you're injured and need some sympathy, PM me and I'm very happy to write back.
disclaimer: PhD not MD