You can’t outrun heredity!
Friday, July 11, 2014
Lord knows I’ve tried.
I’m sidelined for three weeks due to a left knee ‘injury’ which my doctor ascribes to arthritis. I shouldn’t be surprised. My grandmother had crippled hands for years from arthritis. My mother had deformed hands from arthritis. My father had occasional moderate arthritis.
Twenty years ago I developed arthritis in my hands. One finger at a time blew up. The pain would wake me up at night. I had to have my wedding ring cut off my finger. And one by one the fingers returned to normal and I haven’t had a problem in my fingers since.
I occasionally have pains on the left side of my neck. The doctor said arthritis. Once I started running, that pain pretty much went away.
Every time I’ve gone in with pain to one knee or the other, he says arthritis. This time he also said no running for three weeks. None. No dancing. No walking, except to get around as needed. A cortisone shot to the knee, and twelve hours later I have some relief. And I’m to do physical therapy to strengthen the knee.
I don’t usually listen very well. I think it doesn’t apply to me. I think the pain is minor, it doesn’t hurt enough to warrant stopping. I think I’m tougher than all of this. I refuse to wimp out.
I also know this is the doctor who told me I wasn’t built to be a marathoner. When I protested he told me I probably had one in me, but then I should switch to much shorter distances. He’s not a runner. He doesn’t get it.
I also have an ortho who does get it, but he couldn't see me for weeks, and that wasn't going to work.
I still want to outrun heredity, but I will listen to the doctor and do as I’m told. Otherwise I may not be out there running at all. And then what in the world would I do to amaze myself?
Edit: in case it wasn't clear, I'm absolutely doing what the doc says. Yoga (with modifications) this morning instead of running. My aquajogger arrives today, and tomorrow I will be jogging in the pool. Wish me luck.