New Update From My Surgeon

Yesterday I saw my doctor for the first time since my second surgery. I didn’t get the news I was hoping for, so it was really amazing to come home to an awesome gift from MEGAN. It turns out she’s not just an awesome friend and the best runner I know, but she’s also super talented at making DIY ornaments!

She made me a Christmas ornament and even put my son’s Cecil’s name in it.  I think Cecil could smell her cats Christmas and Jelly on the ornament because he sniffed it for a very long time :).  It’s so pretty! Thank you Megan we love it!

Okay, so what happened at the doctor? He didn’t take my stitches out because the wound is still not totally closed. Because it’s not closed the stitches stay in for two more weeks and I’m not allowed to do any activity, most especially running, until the stitches come out.

This was the first time I’ve seen my doctor since the surgery, except for a few seconds when I was waking up from the anesthesia. He told me when he went in to do the debridement he found there really wasn’t an infection, just some dead tissue and fibrous material that he had to clean up.

That kind of stinks because if we knew there was no infection I wouldn’t have had to take the antibiotics and I wouldn’t have spent all of Thanksgiving weekend with a full body rash/hives. Oh well.

Every time I start to feel badly about this whole thing I remind myself that I chose to do this. I made the decision to get the fasciotomies because they will hopefully enable me to run for the rest of my life. In the grand scheme of things, a few months off in 2017 isn’t going to make a difference.

Except it is mentally taxing to not be able to do the thing I love, and it sucks to feel like the runner part of my identity is totally shelved. It was/is a big part of my identity and somedays I actually feel totally lost without it. The uplifting news is that as soon as this damn incision heals I’ll be DONE with this chapter of my life.

I’ve been filling the void of non-running with a little too much shopping :).

Tuesday after work I went to the mall because I knew Adam was going to get home late. I treated myself to some new skincare. I’ve been dealing with foundation separation on patches of my forehead which I believe is because I haven’t been exfoliating. I picked up a three pack of exfoliators from Ole Henriksen and tried the Pore-Balance Sauna Scrub.

I don’t know if there is really anything special about the scrub. Probably any exfoliator would have gotten the job done, but this scrub is an EXPERIENCE!

I didn’t really know what “sauna scrub” meant until I put it on…

When you rub the exfoliator on your face it applies warm like you’ve just walked into a sauna, but when you rinse it off your face feels cool like you’ve just walked out of the sauna into air conditioning! No idea if that’s just a trick to make you think it’s doing something magical but it just feels nice. I’ll definitely be using this for the long-run.

It also did exfoliate well and when I applied my foundation yesterday there was much less separation.

The three scrub gift set is only $25 at Sephora right now if you’re interested!

What’s your current favorite skincare brand?
Do you like doing DIY projects?

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  1. November 30, 2017 / 9:51 am

    Aww I’m so bummed for you. I hate that this journey has been so full of setbacks for you and that I always seem to come on here to read frustrating news! You’re doing a good job keeping your chin up, though. I can’t imagine how exasperating this must be and how much you miss running. But once you do start running again I think you will have such a new appreciation for it that a lot of us don’t have, and you’re absolutely right when you say that this is all about the long game – a few months of misery is worth a lifetime of healthy running!

    • Kristina
      December 1, 2017 / 5:58 am

      I am sure you are right, I definitely have a new found appreciation for running. Prior to the diagnosis there were days that I didn’t want to run, where I regretted having to give up valuable weekend time to do a long run, etc. but this break has renewed my passion for the sport in a major way. It’s probably good to take a break from the things you love every once in a while for this reason, just not this long of a break!

  2. November 30, 2017 / 10:49 am

    Wow, that is a beautiful ornament. Megan is such a great friend!! My cat Luna has already ruined 3 ornaments from our tree. It has forced us to decorate only the top half, and she still climbs up inside the tree every day! Ugh. Such naughtiness! So sorry about the issues you are having – but I totally understand what you’re going through. Injuries and recovery are rough, and take forever! When I get bummed about stuff like that I think about the elite runners who have taken many months, or even years, off running to get healed up, and they have come out stronger in the end. You can too 🙂 Do you have any recommendations on what to use for dark spots on skin (facial)?? I am in severe need of that, and some high powered wrinkle remover! #showingmyage

    • Kristina
      December 1, 2017 / 6:02 am

      Hahhaha Luna! Cats can’t help themselves when they see things hanging about. It’s hard to be mad when batting things around is in their nature and practically their job! 😀

      I try to think about the elite runners who not only have to take time off to nurse major injuries, but also who voluntarily take time off each year to refresh their bodies and renew their passion for the sport. I’m sure six months from now this will all be a distant memory and I’ll be happily back to running!

      I don’t have any recommendations for dark spots, sorry! When it comes to wrinkle remover I think anything with collagen or collagen producing ingredients would be good. Wrinkles don’t just appear with age, they can appear from smiling too much which is not a bad thing at all! 🙂 🙂

  3. Laura F
    November 30, 2017 / 11:14 am

    I love that ornament, it’s so cute! That stinks about the Thanksgiving rash being all for nothing 🙁 Great job thinking about the long-term goal, though!

    I am awful about taking care of my skin. I try to justify it by saying I don’t need to do anything because I don’t really wear makeup buttttt I’m 32 now and I’m going to need to stop using that excuse soon!

    • Kristina
      December 1, 2017 / 6:05 am

      Thanks! I’m so paranoid now about taking any medications. The doctor put me on a different antibiotic as a precaution since the incision is still open. We’re just trying to make sure it doesn’t get infected. Every time I take the pill I’m like AM I ITCHY? DO I FEEL AN ITCH? IS THAT AN ITCH? DO I SEE A HIVE? I’m terrified of breaking out again!

      Hahaha you’re lucky that you can go all natural. I was the exact same way until I turned 30 and then my skin totally changed for the worse!

  4. November 30, 2017 / 11:57 am

    Not feeling like a runner sucks. Long-term health is the most important thing, but it’s still crappy in the short term.

    I’m in a similar spot with some post-partum related issues, and not to get too TMI but even now, trying to ramp the running back up with the current “fix” is temporary, will have to re-evaluate and see if more permanent medical solutions are needed once I’m done breastfeeding (hormones play a role in how various parts are functioning). And every time I thought I was good to go, I swear it wasn’t even two steps forward, one step back; it’s felt like one step forward, two back! I even had to take being a “runner” out of my instagram bio! :p It’s dumb, but it felt like it was taunting me, almost.

    • Kristina
      December 1, 2017 / 6:08 am

      I’m sorry to hear that your return to running has been a frustrating experience. I definitely hear you on feeling like the journey has been one step forward, two steps back as of recent.

      I thought of changing my Instagram handle back to just my name but I know that I (we) will get back to running someday!!!

  5. November 30, 2017 / 12:45 pm

    I just got a free sample of the Ole Henriksen oil control face wash and it has made a HUGE difference in my skin. It used to be so oily by the end of the day and I have switched foundations several times because of it. I’m thinking of switching skincare lines (I only use No. 7 right now so not that fancy)

    • Kristina
      December 1, 2017 / 6:10 am

      Ohhh I am excited to hear that! Yeah I kept switching foundations too and realized it might not be the foundation but rather my skincare that’s the problem. I know I’m choosing the right foundation + primer’s for my skin type based on their ingredients, so it’s time to try new face washes, toners and scrubs.

      On one hand it’s annoying to be on the search for holy grail products, but on the other hand testing new products is fun :).

  6. November 30, 2017 / 2:55 pm

    The ornament is great! Your news is not 🙁 I am so bummed that you aren’t healed yet. I know it sucks trying to be patient. One day this will be behind you! Keep believing… this makes for a great 2018. You will heal and be back 🙂 HUGS!!

    • Kristina
      December 1, 2017 / 6:12 am

      Thanks Karen, I know you totally get it after your foot issues.

      I do keep trying to focus on what 2018 will bring. I hope this time next year this is all a way distant memory and I’m able to run a half marathon or even marathon next fall! It’s just a bummer because I had high hopes to be able to run at least one 5K before the end of the year and it doesn’t look like that’s going to be a possibility now that I won’t even get my stitches out until Dec 11th. Now I just need to think about what the possibilities are for the spring :).

  7. December 1, 2017 / 11:08 am

    I hope the healing is going well for you!! shopping always helps with healing!!

    I had a foot scrub like yours, it was so warm when I applied it, and it felt soo good!!

  8. December 1, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    It sucks you didn’t get the clear to run. You are right, a few months is worth it in the long run, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t hard to take the time off. 🙁 I wish I could say something to cheer you up other than THIS IS SOON OVER!!

    I’m glad you like your ornament. I am not crafty at all, but I had to buy a glue gun for this project, and glue guns are pretty dang fun! I got the idea for the ornament from one of my piano students. 🙂