Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Moving Along

I was back at the doctor's today for try two at fixing my leg since physical therapy wasn't all that helpful. I'm now going to try steroids, as well as get an x-ray and see a physiologist (I think that's what they're called, it's like a doctor of physical therapy) and perhaps a chiropractor as well. If all that doesn't help, than an MRI is next. Apparently, and MRI is a big deal and I need to jump through lots of hoops first. Another possible treatment is getting an epidural, which sounds very strange. I was under the impression that those were just for pregnant people? In any event, hopefully the steroids will do good things.

I just recieved an email from the AR5o race. It's in three weeks, and needless to say, I won't be running it :(. I am missing running, but making peace with it. Maybe when I've done the steroids for a bit I'll start up again. I just worry that if I go back to running, I'll just prolong the injury further. I'd rather start all over again with my running fitness than never be fully recovered.

For now, I have plenty of other things to think about as the end of the quarter looms ahead an my first job fair is this weekend. The suit is purchased (a gray suit with maroon pinstripes) with an accompanying pink blouse and some new silver hoop earrings. The last thing on the list are shoes :). And, of course, getting the resume and cover letter polished and printed! As my new student teaching placement has been somewhat frustrating in the lack of teaching (they are doing a play, so it's all play all the time- a great endeavor, to be sure, but not condusive, necessarily to learning to be a teacher) and so I am looking forward to, even more, having my own classroom. I got to guest teach a lesson today in my friend's class, to show a power point that I made on the missions for a class project. It turned out really well, and it was so much fun to teach again. Part of me wishes i could just be a guest teacher for the rest of the year, floating into classes and teaching lessons :)

I am planning to teach a unit on The Giver, by Lois Lowry, in the spring. I loved this book as a child, and still think it is amazing, though it definitely leaves you with lots of questions and concerns. If anyone has any good overarching questions that are good for this book, let me know! If you haven't read it, do. It is amazing and really makes you think hard about what makes a "perfect society"

signing off, to dream of running and teaching


Backofpack said...

We listened to "The Giver" one summer during a long drive to Montana. It enthralled Eric and I as much as it did our boys, and conversations about it came up many times over the years. Good luck at the Job Fair!

rick said...

So I heard the steroids make you feel great and it's always a bummer getting off them. Are we gonna get pictures of you all corporate and professional looking with this suit on? Well running teacher I hope you get to do both soon.

runningtwig said...

The Giver is a great book...good luck with the job hunt.

I've been on steroids before and like Rick says, when I was off of them the pain came back. I had a girl on my soccer team get an epidural - what they do is give you that to numb you, then they inject you with a strong steroid. So if it's your back, they would numb you with the epidural, then shoot cortisone (probably) directly into your spine (eek!). But it worked for her! I hope you get things figured out soon!

Sarah said...

Hang in there! I know what you mean about just wanting to heal, even if that means totally starting over with the running fitness. I'm at that point too. Good luck with the job fair!

Phil said...

I loved The Giver. Since it was first published in '93, I certainly didn't have a chance to read it as a kid; however, I really enjoyed it as an adult. For children's literature; especially in this hyper-paranoid country of ours, the ending is great. Most kids, I think, take it at face value ... Jonas and Gabriel sledding down the hill to a new life; everyone lives happily after. Of course it isn't at all clear if that this is literally what's happening or if they are simply being "released" on their own terms. The book really give kids a chance to think about freedom; especially the basic question as to what it really means to be free. Without dwelling on our current political climate, this book forces the reader think about the meaning of "safety" in society. Just how far do we want our leaders to go to ensure that we are 100% safe? Just what are the trade-offs between personal liberty and safety?

Man, you're going to be a great teacher.

Hope you get your leg figured out soon. I'd suggest you get a second opinion from another sports physiologist before going the steroid route. You don’t want to simply mask the problem while searching for a solution. You’ve got a life time of running ahead of you.

Donald said...

How have I missed that book while raising three kids? Not to mention being a kid myself once. I'll have to check it out.

Sucky news about the leg being stubborn to heal. Hopefully it will get on the right track soon.

Abbie said...

yeah they make you go through everything else before you can get a mri... i hope you are feeling better soon - i know it sucks to be hurt for a long time...

Jean Pommier said...

Good luck with the steroids, hope they work for you. Glad you have the excitement of teaching and the coming fair to maintain your balance.

Quick recovery,


Journey to a Centum said...

Well, the next thing we know you will be running for Governor against the "Governator"! Pump me up!

Sounds like Twig has the epidural procedure described properly. Hope it won't come to that.

We need to see pictures of your job hunting clothing!

Trail Scat