Going Nuclear

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I had my fingers crossed that I would turn into a superhero yesterday, but alas, I’m still me. And still not running. But I am getting shit done to find out what’s wrong with my foot.

After x-rays last week (didn’t hear anything back from those), I paid a visit to the physiotherapist who told me to get the bone scan done that the doctor had given me a requisition for. There is no point continuing with physio until we know what we’re dealing with. So I made the appointment and went through the procedure yesterday.

My comment about becoming a superhero? At the beginning of the bone scan they inject your with some nuclear fluid. I figure it’s kind of like Spider-Man, but planned. So, I got the injection and they took some photos of my feet. Then I had to go away for two hours for the nuclear juice to work its way through my body, and then went back for more photos (same ones as at the beginning), and then 360-degree photos. It was a long afternoon – just over 3 hours total – and I have a follow-up visit with the doctor next week to find out the results. The whole thing was painless…other than having to lay perfectly still for all the photos. It’s hard, especially when your muscles are twitching and then you start worrying that the twitch ruined the image and you’ll have to start all over again. Luckily it was fine and the twitches didn’t register in the images.

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This isn’t exactly what the bone scan cameras look like for me, but it’s pretty close.

There has been pain in my foot over the past week, but it moves around a bit. Sometimes it’s in the arch, sometimes it’s at the base of my big toe, sometimes it’s along the outside of my foot, sometimes it’s in my shin. I’m trying not to stress about the results, because there is really nothing I can do about it. I’m riding the stationary bike and getting in the pool, and doing some non-leg focused strength training. Honestly, the hardest part is keeping my mind occupied and to keep myself from getting bored. I am slowly realizing that the races I had planned for the summer are likely not going to happen, no matter what the results. I had a goal time for the marathon in my mind, and I don’t think I’ll be able to reach that goal this year, so I don’t want to start training again only to know that the goal won’t happen.

Anyway, until I get the results back next week, it’s low impact activities for me.

Stay tuned…

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