I keep getting asked, "You aren't really quitting running because of a couple of sprains?" so I guess it's time for a bit of disclosure. It'd be fair just to say it's just the last straw... plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinitis, retrocalcaneal bursitis, three ligament sprain of the left ankle, medial collateral sprain of the left knee, strained piriformis, exercise induced asthma, chronic bronchitis, chronic sinusitis (plus nasal polyp... can't forget that treat) and a bunch of other stuff that's just part of getting old.
But, wait! There's more!
After the sprains, I found a couple of blisters on my toes. They were oddly placed, but blisters are the least important injury. After a couple of days, they and the skin around them were red and inflamed, so I had a minor infection; again, no big deal. It looked like I had jammed my toes in the accident that led to the sprains and the nails might be ingrowing, so I started soaking them and treating them with various ointments.
Then, one night as I was going to bed, I saw red streaks running up my feet from the sores, so the infection was getting worse. I decided I'd have to get treatment the next day. The next morning, however, the toes were black and the ones next to them were swollen and now I had an emergency.
Bacteremia. Discussions about whether the toes could be saved. It was grim.
Now that the antibiotics are working and things are improving, I feel I can mention it.
But I won't be running any time soon.
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