Saturday, January 17, 2009

2 Weeks Without Running

MarkToday marks the second full week without running.  The picture to the right is that last run.  I ran the DRC Frigid 10K (6.2 miles) in 57:02.

I cannot wait to get out there and run again especially with all of these 60 degree days coming up.  My brain says YES, but my feet says there’s NO way!  I’m recovering well, but every once in awhile, I get a jolt of pain in my feet.  I started driving yesterday.  Doing pretty well with applying more pressure.

I get the stitches off on Tuesday.  The foot doctor said that 2-3 days after that, I can start doing elliptical and light cardio.  Then a week after that I can start running.  I need to start training for the Half Marathon in OKC at the end of April.  I paid for the entry fee so I’m committed.

My heart feels great so far.  Time will tell on that one.

Thanks again to everyone for your prayers, calls, emails, and support through this.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Foot Surgery Recovery

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Thanks AGAIN for everyone’s prayers and shout outs of encouragement for my second surgery of the week.  Crazy, I know!  However, I wanted to get them performed back to back so that I would have a combined less recovery time.  Also, it was optimal to get them fixed now since I’m not travelling for another 3 weeks.

Since August, I was experiencing pain on the top of my left foot due to bone spurs.  Within the last couple of months, my right foot was having the same problem to the point that it hurt when I walked and when I drove the car hitting the gas and brake.  Despite this on again – off again pain, I ran in 2 Half Marathons.  The first few miles were usually painful and then the pain went away.

Yesterday morning, the foot surgery went pretty well.  According to the podiatrist, it was a routine procedure for both feet.  The left foot had a larger bone spur than the right.  I was knocked out for most of the day from the pain medicine.  A weird side effect from the pain medicine was that I got the hiccups 3 different times over the day/night.  Thus, this blog post at 3:30am.

The recovery time for my feet should be 3-4 weeks and then I can hit the streets again.  I cannot wait to see the benefits of both of the surgeries:

  • No unexpected increase of heart rate by 80 bpm.
  • Pain free running in my feet which should allow for better form, quicker speed, and PRs!
  • Running happy!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Heart Surgery Recovery

      Thanks to everyone for all of your prayers, calls, emails, texts, tweets, FaceBook wall posts, RaceNation messages, edible arrangement fruit basket from FT and dinner from sister-in-law Yulanda. 

      The procedure was a success.  They used adrenaline to stimulate my heart and found 2 electrical pathways that were bad.  They zapped those pathways using heat.  The doctors are very confident that these pathways were the primary reason for the episodes with my heart racing up an additional 80 beats per minute.  Time will tell.  I’ll definitely have a more comfort level after 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and of course a year.  It is possible that there could be other pathways, but he thinks that these are the primary ones.    

       Since the procedure took longer than normal they had me stay over night Monday night for observation.  I was able to able to observe University of Texas beat Ohio State University.  Now, that was an exciting game! 

      I’m feeling much better this morning and am actually going to be catching up with work today at home.  It feels good to actually sit in a chair instead of lying in bed for hours.

      Yes, I’m still planning on having the bone spurs removed off of my feet tomorrow morning.  I’m really not looking forward to the recovery time period of that procedure.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Surgeries!

This is going to be quite a week.  With the start of the new year, I’m going to get some repairs taken care of.

   

I’ll be having heart surgery done on Monday morning at 9:00am at Medical Center of Plano.  According to my Cardiologist, the Catheter Ablation procedure is a very simple procedure and is nothing to worry about.  As well, my condition is not fatal, it’s more of an inconvenience.  However, since I’ve been running more, it’s been happening a lot more.  That’s why I’m getting this inconvenience taken care of.

     I have a great peace about me as I place my trust in Jesus Christ.  To learn more about what will be happening, you can check out http://markdaddy.blogspot.com/2008/12/great-way-to-spend-2-hours-and-10.html, http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/services/tests/procedures/ablation.aspx, and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catheter_ablation.

     Since I’m quite the over-achiever and it’s the best time to do it as I won’t be travelling, I’m having my feet operated on as well.  I’m having bone spurs removed from the top of both of my feet on Thursday at 8:00am.  My high arched feet along with the running has created the bone spurs.  They’ve been quite painful and I cannot wait to get them removed.   I’ll be able to slowly get back into running after about 3 weeks.

Thanks for everyone’s prayers as I’ve already been touched by the outreach!