Catching Up Again….and Ole Oiselle Volee!

I can’t even make excuses except to say that I’ve been busy researching information and wanted to make sure I had all my ducks in a row before posting.  It’s been a disappointing time because (even though I knew things weren’t progressing), I finally heard the word’s from my doctor’s mouth….”surgery didn’t work.”

I had been eagerly awaiting the month of July because that is when (assuming things were going well) I had been told I could start running/jogging again.  I had been diligent in my workouts and was anxious to start some sort of training for the Marathon Du Medoc.

I went back to my doctor in July and he wasn’t thrilled with what he saw (I was/am still having trouble with stairs, still have swelling in my knee and now have a popping/cracking sound when it bends, and have not been able to strengthen my quad at all).  He thought it made sense to try a Monovisc injection to see if that would help with swelling and reduce the pain in order to help me strengthen my quad.  So, he submitted my claim to insurance and I waited….and waited….and waited.  Over a month later (and after me harassing both my insurance company and my doctor’s office), I was still waiting for this claim to clear and I decided that it wasn’t worth continuing to wait when I could get Synvisc injections without the wait (Synvisc is a series of 3 injections done a week apart, where Monovisc combines the three injections into one).  So I started on my Synvisc injections and again had hope that this would be what I needed to get me over the hump.

During this time, one of my favorite brands (and favorite Running brand :)) Oiselle opened up spots on their team (Oiselle Volee), where runners from across the country connect and support one another through racing and community events.  I had been introduced to the team a few years back when I ran on a Hood-to-Coast team that included a bunch of Oiselle team members.  They were a fantastic group of people and I was excited to get back into the running community and race again.  So I applied and got a spot on the team- very exciting!

Flash forward to the end of my three weeks of Synvisc injections to no improvement.  I met with my doctor again and was essentially told that the surgery did not work and my options going forward were either to live with where I was at or have more surgery….and the surgery he was/is recommending is very invasive and the recovery is long and hard.

It is devastating to be almost a year out and to find myself worse off than I was before the surgery.  I know that I can’t live with where I’m at- I can’t go up and down stairs normally, can’t play any sports with my kids and my knee still gives out from time to time.  I feel like I’m an 80-year old trapped in a 40-year old’s body.

About Paige

I am a runner, wife and mother of three. I've been running since I was a kid and had my first taste of victory when I beat all the boys (and girls) in my grade at a school run. Since then, I've had a love/hate relationship with running....I love to run but hate how the training can sometimes monopolize my time and prevent me from doing "fun" things. So, I try hard to find the balance between challenging myself with running, while still having lots of fun on the side.
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