Scans and Fractures
October 20, 2014
Life is always two-sided. Yin and yan. Good news and bad news. Scans and fractures.
I recently had my CT scan (October 15) to see how my nodules are responding to the trial drugs. This was pre-scheduled as part of the clinical trial. Previous to this , my last scan was September 3, so after a month of treatment the comparative result was good: Stable impression. Whew. LindaJ, the nurse specialist, called right away to give me the results. “Stable”, she said. I was trying to fish for more details but there was none. Then I saw the full report, it was all stable, stable, stable.
I was so happy. Woohoo. Another milestone pass.
Now for the “other” news. I fractured my foot. This happened two weeks ago Sunday, October 5, during a 10-mile tapering run along the lakefront. At mile 7, I stepped on an uneven pavement and rolled my right foot. Next thing I know I was on the ground. My wife was not around since I ran ahead. I had that sinking feeling of stupidity as I felt some swelling in my ankle. My wife caught up with me and we walked back to the car. I limped and prayed that my foot was ok because NYC marathon was waiting for us this November 2. I trained hard the whole summer and I was almost there.
After some icing and rehab sessions with Noreen and Jamie of Novacare, and a consultation with Dr. Reilly of the Running Institute, this “Humpty Dumpty” could not be put back together in time to race NYC. Sucks. Arghhh…. Gone. Just like that.
There is an official name for my stupidity: Jones Fracture. It is similar to the recent injury of Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunders but in my case I do not need surgery (Thank, God. My clinical trial doctors would have flipped). What I need is 6 to 8 weeks of foot immobility, then rehab. I try not to look back and play the “what if” game because I can be hard on myself. Cancer and running taught me just to take what is given. It is time to move on. Chalk this up as another colorful adventure I look back to.
All is not lost. My scans are good and there is always next year to look forward too. Rejoice Kenyans.
P.S. Next treatment is this Wednesday, October 22. Never stops.