Monday – Skipped Day
Run/Walked my 3 mile loop. By “run” I mean I ran the inclines along Naranja road between La Canada and La Cholla. I only did this while out-bounded (heading West) which means I only ran for about 2 ½ minutes. My plan was to do it both out-bound and in-bound but was not running smoothly. I was favoring my numb right foot and tight leg again. As a result, my back began to ache at the mid-point. I notice something else looking at the shadow of my legs… my right calf appears to be bigger than my left. Maybe this is normal or maybe my right leg is swollen from inflammation? I don’t know… I’ll have it tested today and talk to the doctor. In the meantime, my doctor’s instruction have not restricted walking/running as long as I feel up to it. So I plan to continue until I hear or feel otherwise. One other thing to note, although this was a run/walk (“RW”) my time was slower than last weeks “W” for the same distance… What’s up with that? I think the big difference is today is it’s a work day as opposed to last week’s walk was on the weekend. My 3 mile loop has one traffic light and I probably lost 3 minutes today at the light due to heavy traffic.
Follow-up from EMG testing done on my leg (Tuesday afternoon). It’s a good thing I didn’t look up what an EMG was before I went to have it done. An electromyogram is a test that records the electrical activity of the muscles. How do they test this activity (if you have one coming up, I suggest you skip my answer to this question)? First they stick a number of electrodes to your foot, ankle and leg. Then they run electricity (i.e. the shock the shit out of you) to the electrodes and watch how your leg twitches. An oscilloscope is used to record the level of each twitch. If it doesn’t twitch enough, they bump up the AMPs or the volts or whatever. I asked the technician if she had ever been kicked out of her chair during this test. “Not yet” she said, “And I’ve been doing this for 26 years”. If you think that’s enough data gathered to tell them all about your nerves… you’re wrong. For the next part of the test, the Doctor came in and traded the shocker for a needle electrode. He inserts the needle into your muscles and then, again, shocks the shit of your leg. He pushed the needle into muscles I didn’t think I had – including muscles in my foot and ankle.
From the wedsite “Medicinenet.com”, the question of “Is an EMG painful?” is answered.
“Yes. There is some discomfort at the time the needle electrodes are inserted. They feel like shots (intramuscular injections), although nothing is injected during an EMG. Afterwards, the muscle may feel a little sore for up to a few days.”
“Some discomfort” is not how I’d describe the event. I limped out of the office and drove home. My leg was so sore I didn’t run or walk for 3 days. (I know, just call me a wimp.)
Wednesday-Friday – Skipped
I “ran/walked” my 3 miler again. I made a terrible mistake because I felt good walking the first 100 yards, I decided to run the next 100 yards. Although I’m getting anxious to get to the running, I should have just stuck to the walk. I walked, limped and ached the rest of the way.
My leg hurt again Sunday morning and so I decided to rest it another day… Hoping I can walk (only) on Monday. The EMG results showed I have nerve damage. How extensive and what can be done about it is TBD. I don’t see the doctor until 13 April and I’m going to see if I can get that moved up. There may be some kind of nerve blocker or epidural that could help – If so, I’d like to know as soon as possible. I wonder if the “cure” is worse than the ailment?
This week was a bummer as far as advancing my goal. Since I didn’t exercise much, my weight stayed constant at 229.5 lbs. Losing the weight is a major part for successfully completing this goal. I need to shift my diet so that even when I don’t get the exercise my weight continues to go down. My diet plan is to limit the portion sizes of all three meals and cut out any snacking (more on this “diet plan” later). Today is Easter Sunday and a big meal is in the plans for the day. I’ll be doing well if I can keep from stuffing myself today.
He has RISEN! Happy Easter!