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April 29, 2010

Graduation Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 15:43

And no I’m not talking about graduation from college. I mean graduation from the IV.

Cool nettting so the IV doesn't catch on anything. I was going to post a pic of the actual IV but my friend told me that not everyone is fascinated with this stuff!

Yesterday when I hit up the ER the doc (who had seen me before luckily so he had a baseline of how it had been previously) told me that even though we were “fighting and winning the battle” (legit his words and he’s a short little man with fuzzy hair haha) he wanted to give me another 24 hours of the IV.  Annoying but I can’t argue with his logic.  Annoying though because it meant another 1300, 2200 and 0500 (this morning) treatments.

So I got up at 0430 (after going to be after midnight! ugh!) and went to the ER.  As much as it sucked getting up with so little sleep and having the extra 3 treatments, the good thing is that I had a hot nurse to take care of me. And lack of sleep sometimes makes me a bit punchy so there may have been some flirting haha. Too bad that the only time I’d ever see him again is if I get sent to the ER.  Bummer

But I got cleared to stop the IV.  I’m on a 7 day oral form of the IV antibiotic in addition to the other oral I’m on.  And since antibiotics are time sensitive in dosage I had to write out a schedule of when to take the drugs and tape it to the bottles because there are so many that I have to take over the course of 24 hours haha!

I did ask when I could return to running.  My body is really recovered from Boston and I’m itching to go. The short answer is not soon.  The infection was really really bad and the doctor told me to wait until the open wound on my toe (from draining the fluid Monday) is completely healed.  Bahhh.  And double bahhhh because I’m a slow healer in general (always have been). But as the nurse told me “You’re young so why risk messing anything up?”

SO TRUE.  Which is what you guys and people in my “real life” keep reminding me of.  And to be honest, I haven’t forgotten it.  I know that my body is still rebounding from the 16+ weeks of intense high mileage training so this downtime is going to be amazing.  I can almost feel myself  getting stronger in fact.  And I can feel that I’m getting back in touch with my bodies needs.  I totally think that my mind and the goal of Boston took over for awhile and I lost that ability to be tuned into my body.

But it still sucks that I have this pent up energy so I did also ask about other activities and the short answer is: not yet.  There is still some redness in the leg and toe, very faint but it indicates that the infection isn’t 100% gone.  I’m hoping that within the next day or so my leg looks 100% normal because, as much as the rest and “relaxation” (because relaxation just isn’t in my vocabulary with < 6 days of classes left!) I’m getting a little stir crazy.  I’ll be able to do anything non-impact or anything that doesn’t pinch/rub hard my big toe (aka the one that this all started with).

On a different, yet still not running related note: this weekend is SPRING WEEKEND! The weather, which has of late been highs of 40* (we even had frost the other morning!) is going to be upper 70s to low 80s.  Perfect for sitting outside and celebrating spring.  There are live bands, games, face painting, inflatable jumping thingy.  Basically a carnival type thing.  AKA drinking from Thursday night and not stopping until Sunday night.  I know of quite a few people who don’t have a sober moment over those days.

Unfortunately this year I will be unable to participate because I get violently ill when I mix alcohol and antibiotics.  Boo.  Not that I’m a huge drinker anyway but having the *option* to taken away from me is a bummer.  And it’s not as though I can go easy on the stuff and be okay.  Literally one glass of wine is enough to make me very unhappy.

But it’s okay because I’ll still have fun.  Assuming I can finish all the work I have in front of me.  Because, with no more ER trips, I don’t have a set time where the only thing I can really do is homework.  I had been so productive during those trips.  Both on the school work front and fun reading.  I read 4 books over the course of the 4 days I was there.  I know I’m a fast reader but I think the fastest of those books was due more from the waiting time 😉

….Okay so I wrote all that this morning then went and finished my work. Yippee! Off to go enjoy the blustery weather.  The physics club is going to a pub in about 20 minutes because an alum (and one of my good friends) is visiting…so duh on the pub hahah.  Obviously I can’t drink like I said but it’s still going to be a blast 🙂

Enjoy the rest of your Thursdays and the upcoming weekend!



  1. OMG just now reading your Boston Race report and I didn’t cheat, so wasn’t sure what your final time was while reading. I LOVED this report. You are so strong both mentally and physically. My favorite part by far and the part that brought tears to my eyes was when you talk about your dad yelling your name. My parents will be at the finish line of my marathon next week (they’ve never been at the end of one of my races) and it gets me all choked up. I also LOVE the jacket and you look so good in it. Congrats to you!! And sorry about the infection. Ick. But glad you are in good hands with treatment and getting better!!

    Comment by ShutupandRun — April 29, 2010 @ 15:57

  2. I am so behind on blog reading…sorry I had no idea you were having so much difficulty with your toe! That is terrible. I really hope that you recover quickly with minimal ER trips and more warm weather!! Hope you feel better soon. 🙂

    Comment by Ameena — April 29, 2010 @ 16:03

  3. You should have asked for one of those arm thingies made out of chainmail. That would have been hardcore. Glad you’re feeling better. Let the countdown to summer begin.

    Comment by Chelsea — April 29, 2010 @ 16:12

  4. Aww, that sucks, but I’m glad you’re getting better.

    Comment by Kim — April 29, 2010 @ 16:24

  5. Omg antibiotics + alcohol = the worst!! I don’t get ill but I literally had like one drink and was on the floor it was nuts!
    Anyways, instead of focusing on how you can’t run I think you should think about how awesome it is that you just ran Boston : ) I totally feel for you, not being able to run sucks and you must be antsy by now, but at least it didn’t happen before Boston, right? The timing was actually pretty good (not that there is ever a good time for an injury) and maybe it forced you to take the rest that you need? Sorry, just trying to look on the bright side, I’m sorry this happened! Sending positive thoughts, feelings, vibes! Good luck and I hope you feel better!
    ps. so excited for the 80 degree weather!!

    Comment by BostonRunner — April 29, 2010 @ 17:09

  6. I guess with the flair up of the infection, no chance for a post-Boston massage? I can’t remember if you did that already or not.

    Comment by a marathoner — April 29, 2010 @ 17:19

    • I had a semi-massage during PT on the Wednesday after Boston. The whole session was soft tissue work rather than exercises which was nice. But no to a massage now, I actually had PT today and my therapist didn’t want to go do much work because of the risk of circulating the infection. Major bummer for me!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 30, 2010 @ 21:27

  7. Nice netting! Sexy! I would have loved to see the IV, but then again I am one of “those people”……..

    And PLEASE don’t stop bloggin, even if you aren’t running for a bit! We will all miss you too much! 🙂

    Comment by tmart — April 29, 2010 @ 17:29

  8. Yay no more IV!!!! That sucks you can’t run yet, but SUCH a good point- it’s better to wait it out and rest now rather than risk something that will make you sit out longer or permanently. Hopefully your muscles enjoy the rest & you don’t go too crazy 😉

    Comment by Heather @ Side of Sneakers — April 29, 2010 @ 21:04

  9. Oh and I totally would have dug the picture of the IV… 🙂

    Comment by Heather @ Side of Sneakers — April 29, 2010 @ 21:04

  10. awwww yuck about the early morning hospital trip! glad that’s done with. HAVE FUN with all the senior year festivities as well!

    Comment by kristinschleicher — April 29, 2010 @ 21:24

  11. I, for one, AM fascinated by *that* stuff, but I’m a physiologist so it makes sense. Glad that the IV antibiotics seem to be working. Maybe this was your body’s super sneaky way of making sure you actually take some downtime after Boston. Hope it clears up quickly so you can get back out there!

    Comment by runningmanz — April 29, 2010 @ 22:16

  12. This weather sucks here in LA, too. SO blustery. The wind is just chapping my face away.
    All that ER trip…I would have gone crazy. Kudos to you for keeping the light mood!

    Comment by sophia — April 29, 2010 @ 22:42

  13. Hope your infection heals soon. No fun having to rest and recover when I know you’re probably itching to get back to running. And that you know all the reasons behind your care with your background. I know I would be a very hard patient to have in the hospital…I’d probably sneak out of my room and steal my chart, hahah.

    Comment by Emily — April 29, 2010 @ 23:39

    • I’m such a bad patient too. I kept harassing my nurses for information, like technical information!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 30, 2010 @ 21:29

  14. I know that there are many good reasons why NOT to run, but relate. The high you get from running equals that of a DRUG. That release is what you crave. No matter the rational explanation, when you get tht itch, immediately no thoughts matter. I find that mental imagery works in that moment. I perceive myself at age8, furry and round like a little critter, eating a popsicle with fructose running down my arms. I think of that internal freedom. I remember the Ponds smell cream of my grandmother. Iremember all the loss, death, failure, abuse, I have lived through.
    And I forgive myself, my body, my mind.
    It doesn’t always work. Sometimes I needt to write, bitch to a friend, listen to sad music for 30, before the itch goes away.
    But it does.

    Comment by specialkphd — April 30, 2010 @ 01:15

  15. Glad you’re off the IV! Sounds like you’ve been having a rough time but it’s good that you’re seeing the positives of having a rest. When you do get back to running the rest will probably have done you a world of good and I expect you’ll come back stronger! Shame you’ll probs never see the hot nurse again, was it the same hot nurse as last time?

    Comment by Laura — April 30, 2010 @ 01:56

    • Yes the same nurse. And he remembered me haha! Total major bummer I’ll likely never see him again

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 30, 2010 @ 21:28

  16. Noooooo! No drinking during senior week festivities?! Blasphemy! But really, if you needed something to celebrate, it’s your body being able to bounce back from something that would have been a huger pain in the neck in the Victorian Era. Yay for modern medicine too!

    Comment by sarah — April 30, 2010 @ 12:42

  17. Oooh, so sorry about the infection, but yay to graduation day!!! Hope you’re back on the road and running soon! And winter has returned to Denver….suppose to snow some tonight. UGH. Sooo tired of this crud. Hang in there, girl, and happy weekend!

    Comment by Jill — April 30, 2010 @ 16:26

  18. Holy crap girl I’m so sorry to hear about the cellulitis! The IV pic stunned me. Glad you’re getting antibiotics and hopefully that infection will be knocked out ASAP. Feel better!

    Comment by teamarcia — April 30, 2010 @ 22:46

  19. I think a blister on my foot may be infected from my long run yesterday and I thought of this post from way back. I don’t really know if it’s infected but figured I could come here and ask you how you knew your toe was infected. I unfortunately don’t have insurance and am concerned about what I have to do if it is infected and if I could get by with just using over the counter products. It kills like a mother. I have read online about blister infections. Seems like i have to pop it to know, but am too scared to do that. Please help any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Comment by run4may — July 5, 2010 @ 01:49

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