Friday, September 30, 2011

Work in Progress

Exams and homework have unfortunately kept me from posting as often as I’d like this week…two down, one to go!

Since running on the treadmill seemed to be working for me, I was feeling pretty good about myself. Then on Saturday I decided to go for a walk around my block since I never really get to go outside anymore…and since I felt good, it turned into a short run. Only about ¾ of a mile, and I felt all right the whole time. Even later that night, my feet weren’t bothering me any more than normal.

But Sunday wasn’t the same story. I wasn’t back to square one, or even in a whole lot of pain. But it was worse than before, and I think since it’s been so long and we were finally making some progress it just pushed me over the edge mentally. It felt like a huge deal, and I was so depressed. I started thinking I would never get better (sometimes I still do). Every step made me feel sick to my stomach, not from extreme pain, but just because there was pain—more than there had been. And it was my fault.

It still wasn’t as good as it had been by the time I went to physical therapy on Tuesday. I got a “custom” insert in my shoe. It’s just a piece of foam with a hole cut about where my foot is lumpy, which was supposed to take the pressure off the irritated area. Turns out I can’t feel the hole at all, let alone tell if it’s in the right place…but the squishiness does feel kind of good.

And of course, the day after I went to physical therapy my foot decides it’s better. I even ran on the treadmill again on Wednesday—a whole 8 minutes this time. As soon as I got back to my dorm I stuck a water bottle in the freezer, anticipating trouble…but I didn’t need it! In fact, after my last class yesterday I walked all the way to the pool without any pain at all.

Unfortunately these pain-free episodes don’t last. It did start bugging me again when I left the pool. But that’s okay, because it was only really bothersome—not painful. I guess that’s progress.
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