While I was in Coeur d’Alene, a few of us played the board game, SORRY !If you are familiar with this game, you are aware that by the luck of the draw, you could be close to a win, only to have your game pieces bumped back to the start.
That’s a bit how I’m feeling right now. Yesterday marked 4 weeks since my accident and Friday will be the one-month anniversary.
At the beginning, I felt like I was making great progress, bulldozing ahead as I do with most things in my life. I had ditched the sling for everyday use 2 weeks after the accident, come off my pain medication, continued to run in my sling, and even rode my bike out on the road on the 4th of July. I was feeling great about my progress.
July 5th was my first day of physical therapy and where I was sent back to start. my PT crushed my spirit by placing me back into my sling for another 1.5 weeks. No more running or biking on the road. Boo.
Each PT appointment has been excruciating—the pain sends me running for ibuprofen every time. The next day, my shoulder is usually still sore. On day 3, I feel great and am reassured that I am actually making progress, but then I have to go back and the cycle starts over again.
I do have a request though. If you haven’t seen my shoulder in real life yet, please don’t gasp in horror when you do It’s going to look like this for the rest of my life and I’m still coming to terms with it. Please don’t call it a horn or call me Quasimodo (both have happened.) Thank you.
Now! I do have some exciting things to look forward to. I’m racing next weekend at the Seafair Sprint Triathlon! I won’t be cleared for biking on the road or swimming by then, so I’m doing the run leg of a relay. I’m thrilled to be competing in any capacity.
I am also now officially signed up for IRONMAN COZUMEL!! I’m bib number 2188, and I can’t wait! The race is the Sunday after Thanksgiving and I have some really big dreams for the race. I’ve been looking at a lot of pictures from years past and it looks absolutely beautiful. I’m really happy to have a new long term/big goal on the horizon!! Now, I have to go brush up on my spanish! First phrase? ‘On your left—¡a la izquierda!’