Recovery seems to be going pretty well. I'm finished with 2 weeks of my prescribed 6 weeks of non-weight bearing on my right leg. I can do lots of things on crutches, for example I can carry a full hot mug of tea from my kitchen to my room without spilling, I can go up and down stairs, and I can balance with my feet suspended for over 5 seconds in a totally safe manner. I can also use them to vault myself onto my bike without breaking rules of how much I can bend my hip, which is not much! (I get to bike 5 minutes a day ...
I went in for surgery on Wednesday. My mom arrived here in Colorado that evening, just in time for my discharge from the hospital, after dealing with Hurricane Sandy back home in Maryland. I got her to take a couple of photos of me at the hospital, which, now I understand why she hesitated. I looked a wreck! But after being under general anesthesia for 4 hours and having cartilage and bone in my right hip pummeled into place, of course I looked a wreck. I also talked non-stop from when I woke up until when I went to bed, close to 5 hours. Heaven! Then my mom went home yesterday morning, she was just here for a couple days but it ...
So last time I updated my blog, my doctor had just diagnosed me with piriformis syndrome and a probable labral tear in my right hip. After two diagnostic injections and an MRI, my diagnosis has been refined. There's cartilage damage in my hip. It's been really painful, and has gotten worse in that it hurts alllll the time, no racing or even training needed. Plus I get the impression from my doctor and the internet that this is a slightly bigger deal than a labral tear in terms of long-term consequences, so I've opted to try to fix it surgically. I'm heading in on October 31. I'm told to expect to be non-weight bearing for at least 6 weeks, depending ...
If you are my face book friend you know that he is a he, he is a professional BASE jumper, he called me a dude, and various friends and family approve. It was a long appointment so there's a good amount to report. More germane to the situation demanding a doctor, of course, is his diagnosis of my hip & lower back condition(s). I have piriformis syndrome, for which I am getting an injection of I think lidocaine (right?) next Wednesday and if that doesn't fix it (he says that's a good possibility considering how long I've had symptoms and the point to which they've progressed) surgery will. He also diagnosed me with a torn labrum, something familiar to triathletes, ...
[caption id="attachment_3701" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Summer"][/caption] My 3rd year of graduate school starts in exactly 2 weeks! Time to hurry up and feel ready before I feel completely behind again. For those who are wondering what on earth I am studying and how much longer I'm studying it: Political Science, specializing in Comparative Politics (world politics, not the tea party), 3-4 more years. No, Mom, I am not doing environmental policy, and no, family, that doesn't mean I transferred schools. It just means I finally got around to correcting all of you ;) . While we're at it: the horses inked onto my shoulder are not cave paintings. So... I updated my Journalism page ...
Here's the latest on my back problems, which might be of interest to any of you out there experiencing back pain or riding with shims under your cleats. Today I went to the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine to determine definitively whether I have a leg length discrepancy. Without an X-ray it's not possible to tell if crookedness is structural, or if it's just a functional result of various muscle weaknesses. Most people in the peoples'-bodies industry will say that a structural leg length discrepancy is rare. Usually it's functional, they say, you don't really need that lift/shim/etc. But after saying that to me, most of these expert people have followed up by saying it really looks like I might have a ...keep looking »