How to get out of running a marathon + pros of a major injury

Janae has been busy getting me back and forth to Vernal for a follow-up appointment, so I told her I would write today’s post from the back seat.

First and foremost, I want to thank all those who have reached out by phone, visited, Instagram, prayed, and had positive thoughts for me. This all meant the world to me.

I have always liked to be busy in my life. I remember growing up, and my mom and I would fight because I was always doing something. She would always tell me, “SLOW DOWN!!” Well, little did I know, Janae was the same (if not more), so this last week of having my feet up, being in pain, and not being able to do anything turned our lives upside down. I felt like a burden, asking even the kids for little favors. This last week has felt like a month. The pain has been some of the worst pain I have felt in my life. It has not been a good week, but it’s starting to get better.

I started the injury looking like this:

I got surgery and was placed in a splint:

Without anything on it before the walking boot.

Now I graduated to a walking boot!!

They cut off my splint and did some follow-up X-rays, and I got to see the gnarly 5-inch incision on my left ankle. It’s still pretty swollen and bruised, and I can’t move my foot much. Dr. Hawkes has been the absolute best surgeon. He spent a ton of time with me yesterday and showed me all the work I need to do to return to normal. He even gave me the hope of being able to ski this winter!! Skye will be so happy because she was sobbing when we thought I wouldn’t be skiing this winter with her.

Dr. Hawkes did a fantastic job securing my ankle and fibula together. Now it’s time for work, and he said I want to see you sweating and working your ankle. His direct words were, “You should be sweating more by working your ankle than you would have been if you were running 5 miles.” He changed some of my medications to help with nerve pain and muscle spasms, but his focus is on activity for the next three weeks.

Beck was an absolute champ! He made it 5 hours in the car without any tantrums, and he stole the show and talked all the nurses and doctors into multiple suckers.

I have experienced quite a bit due to this major, life-changing injury, and I wanted to share a few things:

*Yes, I don’t love running, but this was not a sneaky way of getting out of running another marathon in February. I can think of many more effective and less expensive ways to get out of running. I must admit it, I miss running.

*I don’t like asking for help, but this has shown me that you can’t do everything on your own; it’s okay to lean on others. No one has made me feel like a burden, and I hope to be quicker to help others when I can again!

*I’m so fortunate to have a brother-in-law who knows medicine so well and to know so many amazing people who were willing to go out of their way to help me get treated as soon as possible. We got to see Janae’s Brother and his wife multiple times in the last week, so that was really fun.

*The laundry has gone way down. I usually go through five outfits;) a day, and now I wear one outfit over four days.

*It pains me to admit it, but I used Beck’s diaper rash cream. It changed my life, but it was low when I realized I needed it. I snuck out of bed while everyone was outside and got it for me. Now I guess everyone will know now.

*People have brought us the absolute best food. We’ve been eating like kings and queens the last week. I loved this, but there has to be an easier way to get people to do this, haha.

*It has been so fun being the passenger princess during long car rides; I didn’t think car rides could be so fun. Janae never drives, haha.

*I am so grateful for modern medicine. One of my former favorite neighbors (this just recently changed) said, “It’s a good thing we live in a different time, and I didn’t have to end your misery as they used to with horses and broken legs!”

*My new job has been so understanding throughout this; I’m not sure they will love another 2-3 weeks out. Hopefully, it works out!!

*I imagine there is something to be learned from all of this. I’m still trying to figure that out.

Once again, thank you all for everything!!! I hope you have the best Halloween!!!

Enjoy my favorite day of the year!

Questions:

What are you doing for Halloween this year?

Have you ever had an injury that put you out of commission for an extended period?

Are you ready for winter?

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