After the first couple of days, the pain of surgery starts to go away. This is mostly due to the heavy dosages of pain killers, but I pay close attention to my pain levels before and after taking a pill to know if the dose can be reduced. I do not like to take these painkillers so I try to get off them as quickly as possible.
Immediately after surgery, I was taking the following:
- 5mg Oxycodone HCL every 3 hours = 8 pills a day
- 500mg Cephalexin (Antibiotic) every 6 hours = 4 pills a day
- 10mg Oxycodone HCL ER every 12 hours = 2 pills a day
After almost one week, I started to reduce as follows:
- May 2 – reduce 5mg Oxycodone to 6 pills a day
- May 4 – reduce 5mg Oxycodone to 4 pills a day
- May 7 – reduce 5mg Oxycodone to 2 pills a day
The antibiotics run out today (you take 40 pills until they are gone), so by tonight I will be taking:
- 5mg Oxycodone HCL every 12 hours = 2 pills a day
- 10mg Oxycodone HCL ER every 12 hours = 2 pills a day
So, in about 5 day’s time, I went from 12 pills a day to 4, and this has effects on my body. It feels exactly like being hung over: headache, light sensitivity, slightly irritable, nausea. Because of that, getting off the painkillers is the second worst hurdle to overcome in recovery (the first is making it past day 2).
It’s a hurdle not just because of the hangover, but also because since you’re off the meds you aren’t sleeping as much, so you are immobile and awake, which leads to boredom, backaches, frustration, desperation, etc. I would say this is the time when most people question whether it was the right thing to do. Despite feeling miserable, I say this with certainty: yes, this surgery was the absolute right thing to do.
I will stick to 4 painkillers a day until Monday (May 9), and then go down to 2 until Wednesday (May 11). My goal is to be completely off the painkillers by late Wednesday/early Thursday.
Wish me luck as I push through this uncomfortable phase! Once I’m on the other side, it should be smooth sailing. ⛵️
Surgery was exactly one week ago today. This means I had my first official post-op appointment today.
My foot has felt great so I didn’t expect anything unusual. We also got a peek at the wounds and results last Friday when we got the bandages loosened, so I already knew there was no external pin.
My only goal this week was to get rid of the splint. Success! The doctor was very pleased so they just wrapped it up in bandages and gave me a new fancy boot. I put the boot on every time I get up just in case I lose my balance and instinctively put my foot down to catch myself. Still no weight bearing though, until about week 7 or 8.
Next appointment is in one week, and the big milestone then is to get permission to work from home. Fingers crossed!
Keep reading to see a gruesome up-close picture of my foot from today.
As usual, the 2016 Pittsburgh marathon was a great race, with a great atmosphere, great crowd support, tough hills, and lots of awesome runners. I am happy with the outcome, though it is not exactly everything I wanted.
- Thanks to a bit of rain, the temperature could not have been any better. The race started in the high 40s and never got past the low 60s.
- My hotel was only a couple of blocks from my corral entry, which means I got to use a fancy bathroom instead of standing in the porta-potty line.
- Most of the race I was close to some runners sporting Penn State gear, which means we got some “We are”s from the crowd.
- I love the super-heavy Runner of Steel finisher medal.
- More importantly, I felt strong most of the race. I made it to mile 22 at my target BQ pace, and I got a 20 min (!) PR.
Those miles are just the frosting on the cake.
What about the hundreds of miles logged since you first signed up? How about all the miles you’ve run since you put on a pair of sneakers and went around the block for your first run? How about those times you managed to complete your long run instead of calling a taxi to get you back home? How about that last set of squats you got in after you were already beat? How about those laps at the track when you beat OR after PR with no one watching? How about all those times you ran under the scorching sun, or against merciless wind, or endured brutal cold? How about those times you set your alarm at ungodly times because that was the only way to make your workout fit in? How about those times you hit the gym after a hard day’s work when all you wanted to do is sit on the couch? How about those times you told your friends you couldn’t go out because you had a long run next day? Or you went out but drank water most of the night? Or actually had a few beers but still managed to wake up and pull through a tough workout totally hungover?
It would be an awful injustice to say that these are not part of the marathon. Sure, only the last workout, the last 26.2 miles get timed, but all the rest of the workouts and miles are just as important for the final outcome.
Today, I did 26.2 miles at Pittsburgh to complete another training cycle. I didn’t manage to get my BQ, but I did get a 20 min PR and got close enough to my BQ standard to know that it is possible. Qualifying to Boston is no longer a dream, now it is a goal. My first marathon in the fall will be a flat and fast course, and I will run the whole thing, not just the last 26.2, with Boston in mind.
I’ll post a detailed race recap later on as soon as my legs stop throbbing
Didn't get my BQ, but I shaved 20 minutes off my 26.2 time from last year. Super proud of my 3:11:37 time. 🏁🏃🏻💪🏼🏅#pittsburghmarathon — Time to sign up for an easier course for the fall. Thinking of Erie or Toronto. #swtm — Im extremely grateful to all the volunteers, support crowds and organizers for delivering an awesome event and for getting me through the hardest miles. Kudos to those who showed up despite the rain!! — #gameOnPGH #marathon #marathonrunner #medalmonday #26point2 #bostoninmind #pr #newtonrunning #finishline #pittsburghbride #runnerofsteel #hellobetter #beatyesterday #bqtraining #pr #trilife #roadtoboston #triathlete #swimbikerun #beattheblerch #instarunners #runnershoutouts #runnerscommunity #progress #youvsyou #postrace #proudrunner #happyrunner