Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sh*t Happens

Well, the time has come to except the fact that I need surgery. I've mentioned before that my feet just KILL me. I run long races and then suffer greatly with toes that just ache and hurt sooo bad, but I just suck it up because that is how I do it.

During TRT 50 mile, my 4th toe was degloved. Look up the word and be prepared to be grossed out. It hurt like heck and I have been cursing my feet ever since. Yesterday I went to the Doctor who took one look at my feet and said, rather rudely, OMG, those are some painful looking toes! Yeah, I was really embarrassed and I made it perfectly clear that surgery would have to wait until hell freezes over. After an extensive checkup, I felt quite convinced that surgery would definitely help me in the long run. Four of my toes need major work. Four out of five toes really suck, huh? What? I've got races to run, places to see. But then I think, you know what? I need surgery so I can run the races I want and see the places I seek. So there you have it, surgery it is. I don't know when, but it's looking like sooner than later. I will keep you posted.


Peter Lubbers said...

Ouch. Sorry to hear that Kelly.
Wishing you all the best with the surgery.

Drs. Cynthia and David said...

I looked it up, but still don't think I comprehend. Something really unpleasant that my brain can't accept apparently.

Do whatever it takes to keep yourself happy and healthy. You shouldn't have to suffer so much, not if it means you are hurting yourself. One possibility is to cut back on ultras and taking up a sport that might be gentler on those toes. I bet you'd be great at triathlons! Mark Tanaka just did one. Everyone in your age group would really hate having you as competition!

Good luck and keep us posted.