Wednesday, September 23, 2015


I mentioned in my Sweden report that I have a foot issue that has been around a long time. I've thought it might be Hagland's Deformity, but wasn't sure. Yesterday I saw a doc, who confirmed I do in fact have this wonderfully-named condition. He also confirmed what I have figured for a while, which is that if I quit running the extra bone on the back of my foot won't impinge on my Achilles and hurt it. But that bone won't magically disappear, so when I do run again, it will hurt, unless a doctor goes in there and removes that bone.

My left foot, with my extra pointy bone on the heal.

The bump on the back of my foot that hurts.

Sexy side foot profile.

Yesterday I was diagnosed and tomorrow I'm having surgery to say farewell to the extra bone on my foot. I figured it would be a month or so before they could schedule me, but when I was told my doctor had an opening tomorrow I jumped on that appointment, knowing very well that if I had a lot of time to sit around and contemplate surgery, I would literally RUN in the other direction. I know I want the surgery and I want to fix and rehab my foot, but the idea of someone cutting open my foot and shaving bone off completely freaks me out! I've never been in a hospital other than the one in Tobago when I super-manned off my bicycle and I have thankfully never had surgery.

I wasn't going to post any of this until after the surgery because to be honest, my surgery seems small compared to my childhood friend who is also having surgery tomorrow. Her surgery is for cancer and will take 6-8 hours. My surgery takes about an hour, and it's not a life-saving surgery. So for some reason it seems silly for me to be scared. But I am.

Supposedly after my heal is slimmed down I'll have more free time for several weeks when I'm unable to do any sort of training. If anyone has great tips to occupy my time and keep myself from going crazy I'd love to hear them. So far the only thing I have thought of is learning to knit...


Steve said...

Don't start knitting. Dear Lord how horrible. Watch movies, do projects, read books. Whatevs.

Not sure if you'd be a fan but rise and fall of the 3rd Reich is my fave. Read it, cuz life was crazy not so long ago.

Hope you know I love you.


solarpowered said...

Get a handcycle! Or free weights! Read lots of books! Or come visit Philly :) I'll push you around in a wheelchair! lol. Best wishes for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery

Snakebite said...

You could take classes to become a tattoo artist. Maybe learn a foreign language like sarcasm or sexual innuendo. Binge Netflix. Become a one week alcoholic and then hit some AA meetings and fully recover. You need a dog - a big one, not the ankle-biter, lap sort. Start a yodeling podcast. Get every color of jello and dye your hair a different color each day. Go to coffee shops, start conversations with total strangers, and start every sentence with, "Interestingly enough....."

Johnny White said...

Writing seems like a good idea. Wishing you a speedy recovery so you can get back again to racing!

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