Many if not all of you are probably sick of reading about my ankle by now. So I will try to keep this short.
I had my minor “scoping” surgery Friday, done on my left ankle by Dr. Anthony Lo at the Minor & James Medical Clinic in downtown Seattle. Dr. Lo told my wife Liz that he had to do more “clean-up” work on it than expected; there was just a larger amout of scar tissue and other junk making my ankle swell.
Interestingly enough, my manager for the Xbox.com Online Support group at Microsoft, Tony Ashton, remarked just the day before in a meeting when looking down at my ankle, “Please tell me you are wearing a brace on it right now.” Well, I wasn’t. There was just a lot of bone spurs and other “ankle waste” built up in there.
Following yesterday’s surgery, I dined on pain pills and water and slept most of the rest of the day. Today, I am still on pain pills, but doing a bit of caffeine to stay awake better. I am not in any serious pain. I am not totally reliant on crutches, either; I can limp around a bit, which is very helpful in carrying stuff from room to room. But no big plans for the night, other than to watch the Mariners and the Seahawks and read a bit.
So what’s next?
Back to work on Monday. See Dr. Lo for a follow-up appointment on Wednesday afternoon. I hope to hear then about a rehab schedule. Fortunately, I can do some of the rehab at Swedish’s new Issaquah facility; Dr. Lo is moving his Eastside office there beginning Sept. 1.
He has already told me I could work out on a stationary bike two weeks after the surgery. When can I ride my bicycle again? Will I be able to run again? Can I expect to do the Jingle Bells 5K Run in December? The Resolution Run 5K on Jan. 1? How about the Seattle Marathon Walk in late November?
I know, most of you are thinking that before I start planning my races, rides, and workouts, I should just let it heal, let it heal, let it heal. And I will.
Just eager to get back in the saddle, and until then, dreading getting back on the scale!
Till next time.