Hi everyone Sorry I've been so absent - not being able to run has been a bit of an emotional challenge for me particularly as the weather has improved recently!
Hope you all had a nice long weekend over Easter even if you didn't have any more time off work. We got given 3 extra days by the University so I had a week off resting at home which was delightful - interrupted only by a trip to see MrC's aunt (the one with lung cancer) and her cousin who has been recently diagnosed with asbestosis; and my parents visiting us - with my mum anxious about her cataract surgery which went very successfully this morning.
I've had x-rays done on hips and knees and they show that the situation with my right knee (first dislocation and surgery 20+ years ago) appears to have worsened. I'm waiting to have an MRI scan done so that we know the full picture and can get advice / make decisions.
The pain is better since I gave up running and reorientated myself back to swimming and I'm enjoying the swimming a lot.
We have an outdoor (unheated) 50m pool near us which is due to open for the summer on 1st May and I am thinking about getting a wetsuit so that I can enjoy swimming in it - do the triathletes out there have any advice / guidance on wetsuit purchase and what it's like swimming in cold water? I'm very inexperienced as I have almost exclusively swam in heated pools and warm open water. Thanks!
Hmm, just been interrupted by colleagues so apologies for the poor train of thought in this post and not having been able to read back. Really hope you're all well and running miles and miles in my absence...!
Thanks all for your lovely comments Indeed I will keep swimming.
x-Rays are happening next week and I'm in the system for an MRI so we'll know more after those.
In Feb 2012 I swam the Midmar Mile in South Africa - the world's largest open water swim - and absolutely hated every moment of it. I've never been so terrified in my life and I had zero open water experience in the run-up to it.
Well, one should never underestimate the power of wine because I appear to have allowed MrC to talk me into doing it again
It did have a very nice medal at the end though....
Sounds like there are lots of WAISTers and their families in need of hugs at the moment ((((((((WIN))))))))
When we had complaints about Jasper pooing in our neighbour's garden, we took them chocolates and Lion Roar cat repellent . They're our friends for life now. Gifts work wonders in appeasing neighbours.
Sorry for my absence. Some of you will know from FB that I'm having a bit of a tricky time right now. My right hip has been getting worse for a while and crunch point was reached a couple of weeks ago when I had a lot of stress at work and found that I never knew from one moment to the next whether it was going to be my hip or a knee that collapsed when trying to get downstairs ???? The pain was indescribable and now regularly keeps me awake at night.
Long story short - born with hip dysplasia in right hip, under-treated in 1973 as was norm then so almost certainly have OA in there now to match both knees.
Saw the GP today to get referred for x-rays and MRIs so that we can talk prognoses, time frames, treatments (read - replacements) and a bit of planning for the future (research bungalow prices, think about going part-time for work, plan finances etc). Not quite what I thought life at 42 would look like but it is what it is.
There will now be no more running for me ever. It feels a bit raw at the moment but swimming is much better for my joints and provides a welcome respite from the pain when I'm in the pool. Frankly, running only makes it all worse. So I'm not sure how much I will be around in here but I wanted to thank you all for everything over the past 18 months and I would still like to be a member of the WAISTer family if you'll let me and hopefully meet some of you one day. Xx
Well happy Mondays everyone - I've had a stinking headcold all weekend and spent most of it on the sofa. Work continues to be stressful and I'm hoping to make a return to doing some extra swimming this week instead of running.
Fingers crossed for the knee replacement Nogs. Glad you have a date and I'm sure it will feel a lot better once the op is over. Is it wrong to say that I'm a little bit envious? They won't do mine for at least another 10 years and possibly longer so am trying to access pain management classes at the moment. But they don't fit them in around those of us who work full time!