ganging up on the knee

June 5, 2013 at 1:47 pm 2 comments

i am going to try and break my pity-me code of silence. not running should not mean i can not write! i tend to think my life is meaningless without miles but there really is a little bit more to me than just dusty trails and sweat.

that said, let’s start with a running update 😉 a mile here, a mile there and the lingering pain scared me right back to the sidelines and elliptical hell. then the pilot mentioned his friend who owns an mri center who would comp my copay if he asked. and his friend the chiro who would write me the script without an office visit. he made the calls on thursday. friday i was in the tube. results were in yesterday. it certainly is proving helpful to be dating someone who knows just about everyone in this city!

let me caveat what follows by saying that though i have no reason to doubt the read the pilot’s buddy did, until i hear it from my doctor and determine my options going forward i am taking things with a grain of salt.

diagnosis: ganglion cyst in the knee. a benign soft tissue tumor that may occur in any joint.
cause: somewhat unknown but likely due to overuse (duh!)
treatment: aspiration. possible removal.
return to running: immediate if pain is tolerable.
recovery after treatment: full speed ahead days after if aspirated. a few weeks after if removed.

given all givens i am (tentatively) thrilled! i was worried about meniscus damage or almost worse a “we don’t see anything wrong so no idea where the pain is coming from” diagnosis. this gives me an answer. and one with a solution. i’m hoping to get a copy of the films this week and get into my doctor next but until then it’s nice to have a resurgence of hope as it was fading fast.

activity wise i have been trying to maintain some semblance of workouts. most weeks i’m in the gym three days a week at lunchtime and weekends i’ve been trying to get in a long ride. i did take last weekend off completely which is a story in itself but i’ve got to stop feeling sorry for myself and maintain in anyway i can. MCM training has got to start by early to mid-july ~ at latest!

as for life outside the non-existent run. my liver has no doubt been paying the price for my lack of miles. too much time on my hands tends to make me eat and drink more than i should. especially trying to date two and keep up with friends. i’ve pretty much dropped attorney number two. he’s just a tad too high-energy hyper for me. surprisingly i’ve been seeing attorney number one ~ aka the pilot ~ more. he’s cooked grilled for me twice now. and we’ve had a couple more nights out. i’m not sure he’s what i want past the immediate and it’s a discussion we’ve both pretty much suggested we don’t want to have at this point. but for now, i enjoy him. he’s out of town for the next week which is a good thing as my mom gets in this afternoon.

and an update on the mom front is happy news! last week she had her first PET scan since treatment began and she got the results yesterday and she is responding perfectly! YAY! though there is no cure for follicular lymphoma, treatment buys us time and i want all that we can get.

i really am going to try and get back to writing more. and i want to start defining monthly goals again. it’s easy for me to wallow and withdraw when what i really need to do is delve deeper and find the strength and determination to get back to where i want to be and a plan works best for the anal retentive types like me 🙂



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opposing council re-read

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. kitkat1126  |  June 5, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I’ve missed hearing your updates – and not just the miles (though I do enjoy those too). I’m curious to hear more…about everything!

    I love a good plan… 🙂

  • 2. Miss Mile High  |  June 8, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    So glad to hear about your mom. I think of her – and you – often. And always sending positive vibes that way.

    Also glad you are still semi-dating the pilot. Only want more info on this situation!


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the best of times

5k pr ~ 24:23
10k pr ~ 52:49
half marathon pr ~ 1:55:10
marathon pr ~ 4:10:41
half ironman pr ~ 5:57:50
50k pr ~ 5:33:23
50-mile pr ~ 11:32:39



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