When You’re Okay With It

I know, I know, this is my first post since MARCH. Things have happened, and why I’m remarkably okay right now. So my foot started hurting terribly in September 2016…

In September 2016, I ran the Marquette Marathon, and I did okay. But when I woke up the next morning, my foot hurt.

A few weeks later, I attempted my first 50 mile ultramarathon, and after 30 miles, I bailed due to dehydration. The next morning, my foot hurt.

In October 2016, I ran the Grand Rapids Marathon, and in the middle of it, my right foot flared up.

On this went. In 2018, I saw the doctor after River Bank, and we thought it was a sprain. So I went through therapy and I thought I was good to go. But the happy fun vibes wore out soon, as the foot flared up during both the Grand Haven Olympic duathlon and the Tri Del Sol Olympic duathlons, leading to sad run times on the last 10K in both races.

A bit of rest and I thought I was back out and good. But after the Grand Rapids half-marathon in October, once again, everything hurt.

Fast forward to February, and I ran the Groundhog Marathon. Two days later, the foot flared up. After the race, I saw a foot and ankle specialist, and he ruled bone spurs and arthritis… but gave me some orthopedic inserts to help with the pain.

At the Irish Jig 5K, it took a few minutes for the pain to disappear so I could run, and I ran an awful 5K. At this time, I started contemplating an extended running break. But I went on with Rivertown Half and River Bank 25K, I had fun, but was in immense pain after those races.

End of May, I saw an FNP at Spectrum Health, and we saw something that wasn’t on an X-Ray. She ordered a CT scan, and on June 10, I went in. Not well versed in medical terminology, but my right foot was messed up and something had to be done.

That weekend, I made the decision to drop out of everything and brace for the orthopedic surgeon the following Monday. I was remarkably okay with that decision. Experiences with the chosen family are far more important.

So the orthopedic surgeon came on the 17th of June, and we discussed our options. Told me the pain on the top of my foot was caused from bone on bone on the right side of my foot, forcing pain on the left side from overcompensation. He said I did all the non-surgical options, and that surgery would be required.

July 2, Shelby picks me up at 9 AM and we go. Amazing I got called back so soon, and that we were done so soon. Moving around the past few days has been FUN, but now I’m home with a knee scooter and a shower chair. Looking forward to a shower tomorrow!

By adventureswithambermarie

Just a 38 year old trans girl roaming around Holland, MI. My old life wasn't as glamorous as my webpage made it look. Transphobic comments will automatically be deleted and you will be blocked.

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