I’m Scheduled for Surgery… Soon!

Hey, guess what? I’m finally scheduled for surgery! I met with the doctor yesterday who is going to perform the procedure and he explained all the pros/cons and what to expect.

I vlogged yesterday so I chat about all the details here:

 

My surgery date is in just a couple of weeks on Tuesday, August 29th. While it’s not ideal to have surgery I’m glad that I’m finally going to be able to move on and get back to running.

It’s just so helpful to know exactly when the surgery will be so I can map out a recovery timeframe. According to all the doctors I’ve met with, after having a double fasciotomy that releases all four compartments in each leg, typical full recovery happens within three months. Some people take the full three months and some people heal much faster.

I hope to be on the faster end, although I know it will take some time to build endurance back up. I will need to be patient with myself.

Right now I am targeting Halloween to be back to a minimal amount of running and Thanksgiving to start building endurance. Obviously until I have the surgery I won’t know if that’s realistic for me or not but based on what I’ve heard it doesn’t sound totally unrealistic.

My last true long run was all the way back in March I think, so in the end I’ll have been out of the game for 7 to 8 months. I just keep reminding myself that this setback will lead to an epic comeback if I want it to! And I do!

I can’t wait to look at a training plan again!

Pls tell me that surgery isn’t as scary as it seems!Β 

7 comments

  1. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    I will watch your vlog while I eat lunch today. πŸ™‚ Surgery is not that scary, you can do this. When I had knee surgery, I drove myself there all by myself, was by myself the whole time I was there, and then my mom met me down in the parking lot and drove me home lol. Remember, every day there are hundreds of thousands of people who get surgery so it is very safe and you will have wonderful nurses who take care of you. πŸ™‚
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  2. Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    You will be fine and Im sure you recovery will go well! I have always heard that people who exercise regularly recover faster from surgery. I remember working out up until the night before I had hip surgery and I was able to use a bike again 3 days after surgery (it was actually recommended to get everything moving again- otherwise I was just laying on the couch all day!) Im glad you have a date so you can start your planning!

  3. Heather [is probably running]

    Yay! I am so happy that you were able to get your surgery scheduled before the end of August. That is excellent! Also the news that you can start running as soon as the pain from the surgery dissipates is great. I was worried that it would be like a stress fracture or muscle tear where too much too soon puts you right back where you started.

    I have never had surgery before so I would be really scared. Sorry that is not very helpful or reassuring.
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  4. Lisa @ TechChick Adventures

    While researching my current issues (High Hamstring Tendinopathy), surgery was mentioned as a potential solution for bad cases. That scared me a bit, not knowing what to expect. However, with my issues continuing to drag on like they are, I’m thinking maybe I’d rather just have surgery and get it all taken care of!! Especially after hearing a podcast about someone who had surgery for Compartment Syndrome, I’m very confident that you will get great results. Surgery is not scary – they will take good care of you πŸ™‚

  5. Karen Bayne

    You will be okay!! It is okay to be nervous, very normal, but remember to use a mantra. Each day I will feel better!
    That is good he wants you to be active for recovery time, hopefully walks will feel good πŸ™‚
    Just think how happy Cecil will behave a little extra cuddle time. try to sleep as much as you can xo
    healing happens when we sleep.

  6. Susan

    You got this, girl! Remember the reason you are doing this — so you can return to something you LOVE. As you heal, just remember that progress isn’t always linear. Some days will feel great and then you might have a day where things don’t feel great but if you step back and take an overall look, you are advancing. I know that remembering that really helped me handle the ups and downs. I’m sending healing vibes!

  7. Sam @ G & G Nutrition Co.

    I definitely see an epic comeback in your future!

    The idea of surgery is scary but it will be no big deal! You will literally go in and get all set up and then you’ll go to sleep and wake up. You will feel like you’re asleep for 5 minutes πŸ™‚ One thing with surgeries is that the more you can try to get moving after surgery (in terms of what the doctor tells you you’re allowed to do) then the easier it will be on yourself. We encourage this with patients in the hospital but I also had the same experience with my knee.

    I’m glad you have your surgery date and can put this behind you very soon!!
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