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Discussion in 'Fitness Journals' started by cnjlakes, Oct 1, 2007.

  1. cnjlakes

    cnjlakes Active Member

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    FIVE hours of martial arts training today. I am freakin' tapped out. It was great though. Learning a new kata, learned a new kick and we worked on takedowns, which we do not normally do in class. My son got a little tired towards the end and some tears were shed, but overall he had a great time as well. I took a couple lumps during sparring though. My partner blocked a roundhouse kick and I nailed his elbow with the top of my foot. It looks like I have half a racquetball on top of my foot. I also jammed my pinky toe on the other foot and it is a beautiful purple.

    My son and I are supposed to go see the Reds play the Cardinals (Don't hit #600 tonight, Junior!) tomorrow night. Based on today, I'm worried about how long he'll last. Luckily, we're doing it on the cheap... $7 bleacher seats and we are taking in Subway sandwiches and water. I will allow him some dippin' dots (the ice cream of the future!) or a soft serve in a plastic Red's hat.

    Needless to say, I will not be doing any weight training this week!
     
  2. Pete5

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    LOL, he just hit #600. You jinxed yourself.
     
  3. cnjlakes

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    :doh: I was on my home with dinner listening to it! At least that means Great American will be empty tomorrow night! I dunno though... Cardinals games usually draw a crowd. I'm mainly going because it's Joe Nuxhaul night. He was from my hometown and the youngest player to play in the majors. He was the color commentary guy on WLW since the early 80's. He died last year and they are having a thing for him and giving out bronze statues of him (a replica of the statue at the entrance to the park).

    The way my son was tonight, though, I don't know. He was way over tired from camp and it was not an enjoyable evening. He's only six... I don't want to push him too hard. That would be a 15 hour day of activities. We'll see.

    I've been icing my foot all night. It's not good, but I'll compensate tomorrow and baby it. Oh, and maybe wear my foot pads when I spar! :o
     
  4. cnjlakes

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    Well, I'm not at the ballgame... I'm on crutches. In the last five minutes of camp today, I landed awkwardly and the 'pop heard 'round the dojo' occurred. I landed off camber, slightly rolling my ankle but my leg continued forward. the pop was from the top of my knee just under the kneecap. It was and is excruciating. I called my GP on the way home and they said he was working limited hours but could see me if I got there in thirty minutes (like they thought I was fucking Domino's or something). So I get there in 20 minutes later 70 minutes later he sees me. he fiddles with it, pokes at it and bends it, having me put resistance on it. No write up for an mri, just a script of vicodin and some heavy duty anti-inflammatories.

    So, camp is over as are my hopes of promoting to orange belt this week. I'm still taking my son, and will help out at camp as much as I can. Just being in that environment is satisfying to me. Not as satisfying as participating, but I'll take. Shihan was there today, which was awesome! Just being around the man makes you want to jump buildings.

    So, I reckon I am really going to have restrict calories for the next few days until I can resume physical activities. I don't know. It's so humbling to not be able to move without the aid of crutches. The kids have been great in accomodating me. I can't climb stairs, so it looks like I'm sleeping on the couch in the family room tonight.

    I am really bumming out right now.
     
  5. Seltzer

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    Now that really sucks. Sorry to read about your injury. What's the prognosis for recovery time wise?

    I know what you mean about crutches, they are a pain. After I broke my ankle in 2004 I was able to use them on stairs after a short while, but going down was always a little nerve wracking especially if the horitzontal portion of the steps were narrow.

    I hope you're feeling better very soon.
     
  6. cnjlakes

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    Thanks Paul.

    I woke up this morning and the swelling and pain were markedly increased. I could put no weight on the leg. So, with both kids going to different day camps this week, I sucked it up and drove to the ER. Turns out I have a fractured tibia. I have an appointment with an orthopedist Friday and I am wearing a knee immobilizer.

    Jay is sad.
     
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    Damn, that really sucks. I hope you make a full and speedy recovery.
     
  8. cnjlakes

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    Rough morning, but the pain let up considerably this afternoon. I'm not jumping rope or anything, but I'm not constantly wincing and grimacing, either. I took it easy today and hung out with my neighbor who is recovering from RC surgery and a torn bicep. We call ourselves Gimp and Gump.

    I'm feeling good enough that I'm going to bake chicken tonight. I know it's not much, but it will probably be the most standing up I've done since Tuesday afternoon.

    Go to the ortho tomorrow. And best of all, my mother in law is taking me. :blank: And second best of all, my wife wants her in the room with me for 'a second set of ears'. :blank::blank:
     
  9. Seltzer

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    That's pretty funny and I'm glad that you can still find some things to laugh at.

    Having someone else in the room is probably a good idea. Just don't let her chose what color your cast is going to be. :)
     
  10. cnjlakes

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    Obviously, you have not met my mother in law. :(

    Less than five minutes into the appointment she will begin talking about her ailments and personal experiences. I've had to ask her to leave a couple of my son's ENT appointments because she wouldn't shut up! An extra set of ears is great as long as the accompanying mouth remains shut! :tu:

    I'll check in tomorrow with the (hopefully good) news.
     
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    Specialk is sad because Jay is sad.

    Many times I wish I was there when the doctors speak to my dad. I swear he forgets everything as soon as he hears it.
     
  12. Seltzer

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    Although we've all heard the maxim, I got another real life example of its importance when dealing with my father's illness. There were times when some combination of me, my wife, my sister, and step mother would come out of meeting with the doctors have have very different remembrances about what was said. Everybody's under stress and a lot of the terms and subject matter are new so it's after some contemplation it's easy to see how things can get remembered incorrectly or just not understood properly. I eventually started taking notes any time I spoke with one of my father's doctors.
     
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    Ok, I'll let the crazy lady in THIS time.... t-minus 52 minutes....
     
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    How's the pain factor today and how did it feel after your stint in the kitchen last night?
     
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    :scared: Broken tibia! Yikes!
    Just reading about how it happened made me wince a whole lot. I hope your appointment today goes well!
     
  16. cnjlakes

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    The pain is a lot better today, but kicked in after getting back from the ortho.

    Thanks Butterflyer! This has completely taken my mind off my allergies, so I guess there is some good coming out of it!

    So I went to Dr. Cha, who is apparently one of the top knee specialists in the country. He is the ortho for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but I'll overlook that fact if he can help me. He noticed marked instability in my knee and initial diagnosis is a ruptured ACL AND PCL. I have an MRI scheduled at 4:00 today. :scared:

    I am very nervous. I have worked so hard over the past six months to go from really fat to just fat and I know that it will take an insane amount of discipline not to balloon up if I'm laid up for 6-8 weeks. BUT... I refuse to even think about that or worry about it until I know exactly what I am facing. That is one quality I am proud of. I see my wife going crazy while she worries about every single possibility and outcome of every situation. I have adopted the outlook that I will not worry about anything until there is a need to do so. Why should I worry about something that may not even need to be worried about?

    In depth team coverage continues, film at 11:00.
     
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    :gl:!!!!
     
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    Thanks Paul!

    As expected, I get to wait until Tuesday at 3:35 for the verdict. My morale is shot to shit. Home life is suffering as now a passive aggressive game of "I'm so tired from doing everything around here" is kicking in. That's funny, I'm making dinner, doing dishes, doing the kids' baths. I want to run away.
     
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    Jay, I may be a bit dense, and it wouldn't be the first time, but is the potential damage to your ligaments in addition to a broken tibia or was that a wrong diagnosis?

    What ever your ailments you know my sentiments.

    I understand your concern about undoing the great progress you've made and to minimize your concerns I'll tell you that after I broke my ankle (when I was about a decade older than you are now ;)) as soon as I was cleared to drive (well really before, our secret) I started going to my gym to do some limited upper body work. Crutches and a purple cast (long story on that one) certainly attract attention, but it kept my head where it needed to be and gave me a physical outlet. So did the gin and scotch. :D One piece of advice learned from experience: alcohol and crutches are a bad combination.

    Clearly the activity you covet the most, cycling, is out for a while, but you still have alternatives. I wish you well.
     
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    The struggle right now is to not feel sorry for myself and allow myself to slide into a pattern of self destructive behaviour. (behaviour.... fucking English in-laws! :p). I went to class with the Cathy and the kids today and it was painful. I nearly teared up. I wanted to be out on the mat with them so bad. On the bright side, Sensei will be emailing me some upper body exercises to do while I'm 'convalescing'.

    Fortunately, cycling will probably play a HUGE role in my recovery once I am given the ok to begin training. I do not know what lies ahead of me, but I'm sure that a lot of PT is going to be involved. This setback is going to make me a stronger, wiser individual. And oddly, this injury has made me even more passionate about martial arts. It's either the injury and urge to come back from it my progression in skills (or both).

    Alright, the kids are outside playing so I'm going to watch a movie (or nap)!
     

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