A Case of the Nerves…

Okay I have to be honest – I am a little nervous about my pending foot surgery.  It’s not the surgery that has me scared its the fact that I will be expected to stay off my feet for the most part for weeks afterward.  Now, I haven’t been good about exercising recently, but I make sure to move quite a bit during the day.  With this surgery I will be only able to be “active” sporadically for quite sometime and its not like I am going to stop eating.

I am contemplating the physical activities I can participate in that will keep me from putting pressure on my feet.  I know I can do upper body work, and probably some ab exercises and leg lifts.  Once the stitches are removed and I can get my feet wet I think maybe I could swim for some cardio (although I pretty much suck at that). Maybe a recumbent bike would work? I dunno, but this will be the first time in a LONG time that I will basically be unable to easily burn calories on a daily basis.

The surgery I am having is for bone spurs in my toes which have basically made wearing almost any shoe at all painful.  And… its both feet.   Its a form of Hammer Toe surgery.  Here’s a pic of one of the toes to be operated on.

My toe... yes it hurts!
My toe… yes it hurts!

Needless to say, I am nervous about eating and not moving.  I will keep everyone updated as I try to figure out ways to move everyday so I don’t just put weight back on.

But, I have to realize that even if I do have a setback, it will just be that, a setback and I will just jump back on that proverbial wagon and start moving again.

I don’t think the director or choreographer of the show realized truly how much pain I was in during all the dancing we did.  As one of the oldest cast members I was bound and determined to give it 110%. So while I paid a price for the effort, I wouldn’t change a thing.

It seems that is how most things in life which require you to put forth all of your effort are.  You may suffer some, and it wont be easy, but it will be worth it.  The journey and the pain make you appreciate the destination, and the goal entirely; more than you ever would have had the path been simple, easy and painless. It also makes you keenly aware of what it took to you to get where you are, and more likely than not, you will not want to make that same journey again, or move backwards along it.

Surgery is not scheduled till next week.  I am going to spend sometime researching things I can do to stay active off my feet. Post some comments if you have any suggestions… I would love to hear from you.



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