It's a very slow process - two steps forward, one step back - but I'm inching in the right direction. - Rob Reiner

September 10, 2011

I Get Knocked Down...But I Get Up Again!!

Great, AMAZING, AWESOME news!  At least for now.....I don't need shoulder surgery!  Yea!!!  I could not be happier!


Will was pretty excited to hear the news too!
I went to the Dr. yesterday (I was able to get in to see a different doctor a little earlier) and he said he thought surgery might be jumping the gun at this point.  He wants me to do a month of Physical Therapy with a daily anti- inflammatory and come back for a re-evaluation in a month.  So, I could be here again in a month, but for now I feel like I have at least a month to keep moving toward my marathon and other fall races.  I'm a little perplexed by what the PT is going to do for me because he did said I had sublexation in the joint (meaning it is shifiting) which is doing cartilage damage and "flattening" out the humeral head of my shoulder, but he thought a good majority of my pain was coming from inflammation of the rotator cuff and that if we could reduce that inflammation it will hopefully reduce my pain.

I can't swim....at all...for I'm not sure how long, and he wasn't crazy about me cycling either due to the pressure it puts on  your shoulder and the chances for falling, but he thought running should be ok or stationary biking.  I probably will keep cycling, at least short distances while the weather is still nice. I have been cycling anyway, and while it does hurt more than just sitting, it doesn't seem to bother me too badly.  But the good news is I can keep running.  I had already registered for a 15K in 2 weeks, a half marathon in mid Oct, and of course the Disney Marathon in January, so I feel like I can keep working toward these races and that feels GREAT! 

This morning I got up for an 8 mile run and felt wonderful.  The weather is finally just about PERFECT here in Kansas City. It was sunny and about 65 this morning......ahhhhhh, amazing!  I did my 8 miles at a 12:11 per mile pace which is not bad for me at all.  My long runs all summer were closer to 13 min miles with the heat.

Hope everyone's weekend is going as GREAT as mine!

21 comments:

  1. great news, not surprising though. Offer still stands. I'm thinking about the Disney half myself.

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  2. That is pretty good news! Maybe your PT will be ultrasound therapy of your shoulder?

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  3. Woohoo! Hope it works out for you!

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  4. What an exciting post! So awesome about your NON surgery. :) Good good run!

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  5. I'm so glad to hear the good news, Michael. Best of luck for the next month.

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  6. Yahoooo! What good news! I wanna do Disney too! Just the half though!

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  7. That's great, Michael! Of course you know running is the best sport of the three anyway. :^) I think you and Jim should come to Colorado to do some races. And I'm keeping my fingers crossed for your month of PT.

    BTW, I love the song you used in the title of your post. It's in my running mix.

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  8. Yay!! No surgery is always good. Good Luck!!

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  9. Yay Yay yay!!! So so glad you had a good run to top off the good news. :)

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  10. That's such great news. I'm really happy for you and I hope the news is just as good when you see the surgeon next.

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  11. WOW!! Awesome news … very glad to read that you don’t need surgery and you can keep on running :)

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  12. Fantastic news!! Good luck with the healing!

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  13. Congratulations that is great news!

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  14. That's GREAT news!! I'm so glad you're gonna get to run and NO shoulder surgery!! That's awesome! I wanna come to Disney too!!

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  15. I am so very happy to read that you do not need shoulder surgery! It must be a wonderful feeling for you.

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  16. Just a minor set back, you will be back stronger and faster then ever

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