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There is a light and it never goes out

January 20, 2009

I was hoping to hear the words “you’re good to go” this morning. 

As I was sitting on the hospital bed waiting for the doctor to come and see me I could see my X-ray’d foot on the screen.  I went over to take a look and the image appears a lot worse than the way my foot actually feels.  My foot feels pretty good but, the image is still quite a mess at the fracture point.  There has been significant healing since my last X-rays six weeks ago, which is promising.  Obviously I was hoping to see a fixed foot, but I was actually expecting to see it too.  ‘Hope for the best and expect the worst’, I should of remembered.

The doctor said it’s 50% healed.  I asked him is that 50% of the time to 100%?  Or, does that mean the bone is 50% done and perhaps the second 50% takes less time?  “It’s 50%”

He then said I have another 6 weeks before I’m running.  Then he has the nerve to tell me I didn’t need a screw after all.  I just left instead of explaining to him that the point of getting a screw is to decrease the time to return to running, not simply to eventually heal.

Needless to say the information I got this morning has put a damper on the day.  In general the last few weeks have been good because I’ve been able to improve the quality of x-training as well as the strength of my foot.  And I know the worst is behind me now.  I just have to get my head around not being able to run for longer than I hoped. 

I have an appointment with a specialist tomorrow.  We’ll see what he has to say.  Hopefully better news, but I’ll expect the same.

X-C skiing has been a nice addition to the X-training regime.  It has been cold out.007



  1. slice permalink
    January 20, 2009 11:35 am

    dude you look like survivor man in the picture 🙂

  2. Aaron permalink
    January 20, 2009 6:32 pm

    Hope the second half of the heal time goes faster so you can get back at it!

    P.S. The Smiths rule!! : )

  3. Leslie permalink
    January 20, 2009 10:21 pm

    Hey Reid,

    You take nice pics and are a good writer!! A possible career avenue down the road when you are ready to hang up your spikes??
    Stay positive and good things will come your way.

  4. Dave K permalink
    January 26, 2009 11:20 pm

    “And I know the worst is behind me now”…absolutely, onwards and upwards. I have a strong feeling that the “comeback” is going to be pretty darn amazing.


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