Cherrij--I took Japanese Popular Culture, Genre Studies of Comic Books, and Psychopathology. It has been an interesting summer, for sure! (: And I do really appreciate the sentiments <3
Sue--That's so funny! I wish I could hop around like a kangaroo. When I was little, my friend and I would set up "jumping courses" in my living room with the furniture, and gallop around pretending to be horses. It was so lame... but soooo fun xD Unfortunately, jumping is a bit out of the question right now Dx So, I'll have to settle for videos of kangaroos, instead. (:
Roux--He really is the best medicine <3
gunslinger--I always get happy when I see that you have posted! (That's true of everyone though, I suppose xD) News on the CT to come...
Mini Update. Tuesday, July 29th, 2014.
Ugh. Where to start.
Well, got school and such. That's just... going.
As I posted earlier, I had a CT done, and a visit with my surgeon. The news is equally as good as it is bad.
The good news (because the good should always come first :>) is that I don't need surgery! Though the pain is pretty extreme, my surgeon wants to avoid it at all costs, because it will be highly invasive. While the last surgery was a matter of removing bone fragments and putting in the hardware, this would be a matter of taking out the old hardware, temporarily removing my achilles tendon, fusing the joint, and putting in new hardware. o,O Yeah, not something I want to go through, so that's great news.
Now, the bad news... In order to avoid surgery, he's essentially hit me with every possible option. I had joint injections (which will probably need to continue in the future on a bi-monthly basis), I had orthotics put in my skateboarding shoes, I have gotten an ointment to help with the pain/swelling (this is 3-4 times a day), and I am going tomorrow to get a bone stimulator and learn how to use it--that'll be 2 times a day.
But that's not the worst. Absolutely NO riding and NO work. o.O WHAT
I know that I haven't been riding in the past month or so because of the pain, but this is still awful to hear. I don't know what to do. Should I call it good and give Gator an early retirement (that seems too final), should I lease him out (I had such a bad experience last time, that doesn't sound like a good option either), should I just wait it out (that doesn't seem fair to Gator). I absolutely will not sell him... That's probably selfish of me on many levels, but he is one of the few things getting me through all this.
And... work. Ugh, what? I know that I will be finishing school soon, and likely moving to another state to go to grad school, but that is still jarring and upsetting. I have worked in restaurants since I was 15 (my parents are wealthy, but always pushed me working for my own money and my own things). I don't know how to do anything else o,o So... for now, I'm waiting on more information on both of those things.
I also need an MRI done, and will have yet another chat with my surgeon, so I'm not out of the woods yet... *sigh*
I so appreciate all of you reading this thread/blog/thing. You have all been so encouraging and so positive. Thank you <3 I just need to remember, things could always be worse...