Tuesday, October 27, 2009

webmd - friend or foe?

My friends will tell you that I am a bit of a.. hypochondriac? Yes, that's the word for it. I once insisted that my doctor fit me in for an appointment because I had convinced myself that I had diabetes. My doctor asked me a series of questions and do you know what she offered as her diagnosis? That I drink a lot of water and have a tiny bladder. Oh. Okay. She sent me on my way and told me to stop self-diagnosing via the internet.

My paranoia isn't always unfounded. My junior year of college I had a nasty sinus infection as well as what was a "mystery sickness" for about a week. My doctors were baffled, but I was convinced that it was mono. They said that I wasn't showing the classic symptoms and refused to give me the blood test. A week later my doctor saw the tell-tale white spots in my throat and said, "mono it is!". Then there was the time when I injured my knee and was bedridden for about a week. In that time I did a ton of research on knee injuries and diagnosed myself with a torn ACL. Was I right? Yes, indeed I was!

So the moral of the story is that sometimes (okay, most of the time) I'm an irrational mess when it comes to sicknesses and injuries, but sometimes I'm actually pretty in tune with my body. That leads me to my latest malady..

My foot has been bothering me since the morning after my half marathon. I assumed that it was just the normal ouchies that you get after running for 2 1/2 hours in the freezing rain. However, the pain hasn't gotten any better. I'm afraid to work out and am terrified that I have a stress fracture and will spend the winter months in a medical boot. I'm clumsy enough as it is, but if you add a boot and some ice to the mix, I really just don't see how I'll be able to leave my apartment without slipping and cracking open my skull on the sidewalk. So at the insistence of basically every rational person I know, I decided to suck it up and make an appointment with a spots medicine orthopedist. Soo, yea. That's what I'll be doing on Monday afternoon at 2pm. Can't wait!

Oh, and I'm supposed to run a 5k on Sunday morning. I'm sort of hoping that if I take some aleve and wrap/ice my foot that I should be okay. This is probably a stupid idea that will aggravate whatever injury it is that I have. This is the epitome of what we call "spinning the wheel of bad ideas".

I think this picture sums up how I feel pretty nicely, both physically and emotionally:

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