So, what I got yesterday, other than a walking boot and a prescription, was a grim outlook. By the time I got home from work it was slightly improved. Here's why:
I called my friend Stella, who lives out of state. She is easily in her 90's. Her late husband was a podiatrist, and she manned their (orthopedic) shoe store. Stella knows all about foot issues. I had not consulted her prior to yesterday because she has known me since I was a tiny tot, and I didn't want to worry her. Well Miss Stella set me straight! She said that Dr. C was trying to protect both he and I by painting the "worst case scenario" picture to me, so as to not mislead me into thinking that three months from now (actually, two at this point...) I'd be ready to run another marathon. And, she reminded/informed me that the human body is not based on calculations, i.e. it varies and does what it knows best to do -- and can not be predicted in all cases. So do not despair! Just take it easy, she said. Her most important advice, though, was to "not yell at everybody." HA! Old, Southern women know best (at least here in the South). And she agreed with me as to why Dr. B called it "a slight tear" that would require me to take it easy for three months and Dr. C thought much worse of it... one man's mountain is another man's molehill.
Then I got home and saw that I had a boatload of uplifiting comments on this blog. Awwww - thanks, friends. :)
So what am I going to do? I'm going to borrow Coach Terry's 5-pound bag of sugar and make lemonade.
I thought I was already making lemonade... but apparently yesterday somebody peed in it... :)
I wore my boot to the gym this morning. Tonya instantly knew what we'd do differently, both on upper body days and leg days. What a gal! Now, more than ever, I will focus on strength training. And I'll wear the boot and keep up with my new love pilates, also. And I'll be the best Coach Susan at the run club that I can be!
To make matters even better, Shirley asked me to, in my words, video my Simply Stu Triathlon efforts to be a part of her new "Giving Back" project. That would be a way to show the world what someone can accomplish while being injured. Maybe that will motivate someone else to make lemonade. :)
My friend at work, upon seeing the boot and hearing the story of the doc's prognosis, said (with only kind intentions) "Well, even if you're all done with running, think of all that you accomplished in a short amount of time!" I protested! Then she said "I just mean that you have a done a lot in a relatively short time. You rose to the challenge. You can find another mountain to climb!" That was nice.
So there ya have it -- I am now the spokesperson for down-in-the-dumps athletes everywhere! Ha. Maybe now IS the time to create a podcast, although I don't know that it would be super-interesting. Susan's Road To Recovery?