Monday, July 13, 2009

Beginning the journey back to running

On April 25, a smashing fall on my knees while racing in Minneapolis.
Half marathon in Lincoln, Nebraska, and another in Minneapolis in May.
Knee swollen up like a cantaloupe from early May until a cortisone shot in late June.
About 8 weeks of 3X a day icing, therapy and inactivity, ending in early July.

In June, an x-ray and diagnosis of an injured MCL, inflammation of bursas, and slight arthritis. Supplements (suggested by our naturopathic doctor) for building MCL, therapy.

In July, a different doctor in another medical facility, an MRI and a different diagnosis: meniscus and some cartilege damage.

Today a wonderful consultation (again, but with a different diagnosis) with our naturopathic doctor (ND), and a plan for supplements to help build the knee, and beginning to run again.
Supplements include glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, hyaluronic acid, and something called collagenics, which includes minerals and amino acids.

I have been walking (outdoors, with Sweet Pea!) about 40 minutes a day for 3 days. I am determined, and I am on the way back.

Four legged salad eaters eating leaves off the trees in our yard.

Bold invaders right out the kitchen window.

Tiny butterfly on the finger of a Saturday morning runner in Stillwater.

Walking again in the neighborhood, we found daisies.

It's tiger lily season in Minnesota.


Irene said...

I'm getting caught up with you! Sorry to hear about your injury, but I am glad you are on the healing path!

Lovely pictures!

Unknown said...

i take all that stuff for my knee too - have you specifically tried "move free advanced" ?

ShirleyPerly said...

Such a complicated joint, the knee. Several years ago, I diagnosed as having a meniscus tear from an MRI. The pain, however, was not consistent with where the tear was located so it wasn't likely to have been the cause of the pain. I went the PT route. Hope the new supplements aid in your healing!

Anne said...

If I had that kind of scenery, I'd be highly motivated to get outdoors too. Let's hope this diagnosis and prescription brings you back to good health.

peter said...

I'm glad you have a good diagnosos and prognosis and are out there! Lovely photos.

Vickie said...

Glad to see the knee is finally coming around. How frustrating!

Beth said...

So glad you are making progress and enjoying this beautiful summer we are having. Great pictures!