Friday, May 14, 2010
Running Girl Wannabe
I think of myself as an active, healthy woman, yet during the last week and a half I have felt old and tired. A week ago this past Wednesday I had foot surgery to repair a bunion. I now have a plate and screw in my foot along with two incisions. Beforehand, I’d spoken with many people who’d had bunion surgery and, while there were varying reports of pain levels and recuperation, based partly, I believe on the type of bunion surgery, I felt that I was pretty well prepared mentally for how this would affect me – hah! To begin with, the pain the first day was worse than I’d anticipated, then I fell during the night trying to use crutches to get to the bathroom by myself – silly me! And my throbbing foot has meant that I’ve spent most of my time these past ten days lying on the couch with my foot propped up on a pillow. My brain hasn’t been ready to read (or write), so that has left television as my only entertainment. I swear I’m beginning to feel my brain cells numb with every minute the TV is turned on. So, today I decided to force myself into a better place. I decided that I would start the day out by getting dressed, doing my hair and make-up and spending more time in my office being productive – throbbing foot be damned! As I was picking out jewelry to accessorize my basically sweatsuit-type of outfit – it’s all that will fit over my foot, but at least it’s not pajamas – I spotted a silver necklace in my jewelry box that I haven’t worn in ages. It’s a pendent of a woman running that I received as a finisher’s “medal” for Vancouver’s first Girlfriends’ Half-Marathon 2-1/2 years ago. I’m signed up to run (or walk, we’ll see…) this same half-marathon this October with my daughter-in-law, but right now, while I’m hobbling around on crutches, the reality of being able to do that seems like some kind of distant dream. But, given that I’m trying to make today the beginning of a new attitude, I decided that was just the right piece of jewelry for me to wear today. I’m hoping to have an outing to the grocery store today (woo-hoo, it’s sad when that’s an exciting proposition). I’ll probably take along my little knee scooter or else I’ll use the motorized scooter at the grocery store. Either way, I'm hoping that my “running girl” pendant will help me feel younger, healthier and full of hope.