This morning, less than 12 hours after posting that very stressed out entry last night, I heard back from my orthopedist about my MRI results:
“The MRI didn’t show a stress fracture or torn cartilage. There is some minor wear-and-tear stuff but nothing terrible. The symptoms are likely a combo of muscular abnormalities and some inflammation.”
Without a doubt, the best two words you can hear from a doctor are “nothing terrible.”
Overall, this is good news – especially the fact that he got back to me and now I don’t have to wait an entire week to find out the results. Even if I do have muscular abnormalities. I imagine everyone, to some extent, has something abnormal about his or her body structure. I saw my x-rays. My bones are good. I know my feet and ankles are slightly asymmetrical, but I imagine that’s not too out of the ordinary. I’ll still go in for an office visit next week and learn more about just how abnormal I am and what I can do to treat it.
I feel so much better now. My gut told me it wasn’t anything super serious, but at the same time I’m glad I played it safe and took some time off from running – even though I’ve been doing strength/HIIT workouts like crazy. Maybe in the end, this was a good thing. I rested my knee from running, and at the same time strengthened muscles that needed some attention. Maybe my body needed to switch it up a bit. Maybe there is a silver lining in all of this.
I thought about doing a run tomorrow but I just found out it’s supposed to snow. Of course. Of course it is supposed to snow on the second day of spring. So I might have to hold off a couple of more days. Unless I just throw caution to the wind and do a slow jog around my neighborhood in the snow. I’ll see how I feel.
I didn’t have a photo to go along with this post so I just took a selfie in the office bathroom looking chill and relaxed, which is how I feel right now. This white t-shirt belonged to my mom. I discovered it this past weekend and thought I’d keep it. I like it.