Sunday, January 25, 2009

Roller Coaster of a Week

First: I don't have a stress fracture in my hip! YAY! This is great news. I'll probably be going for a second opinion just to make sure but I'm pretty confident in the news. The doctor said there is fluid and inflammation around the joint so this is probably what is causing the pain and restricted movement I'm experiencing. I have to see him next week some time and he'll probably be sending me for physical therapy.

The rest of this week has been nuts. 2 photo shoots, some great sales on etsy, and my aunt Doris passed away. The day after my boyfriend of over three years and I broke up in a single phone conversation. Oh well.. life goes on. The next day I was out again with my friends and probably had a little bit too much to drink (but that's allowed right?) and I sit here writing this a tad hung over while my mom waits in the car. Going upstate to see Renee & the baby & get our hairs cut!
Hows that for a quick update! I'm so behind on blogs I promise I'll read and comment sooon!!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

please please pray that I don't have a hip stress fracture

I went for my sports medicine appointment this morning and the news is even worse than before. There was some good news though, the MRI came back negative on my ankle! So that's good. But the reason I really needed to make it back in there was because my hip has continued to bother me and has not improved at all over the past month and a half. Upon further examination he determined that I do not have a hip flexor strain, that it was something else. He x-rayed my hip & came back in the room shook his head and said "Shannon, this really doesn't look good. Thank God you've not been running on land for the past month." He said based on the x-ray it looks like I have a hip stress fracture & if that wasn't bad enough its one of the worst kind I can have. He told me it looks like a femoral neck stress fracture, of the tension kind. If this is what I really have, if I had continued to run, he told me, the stress fracture would have been completed & my hip would have collapsed. He told me we'll see what the MRI says but I may need surgery to put a pin in my hip if I do have a fracture. He asked me a whole bunch of personal questions & then said he thinks he'll send me for a bone density test after the MRI results are back.

I'm devastated. I'm 25 years old & might need hip surgery. If I continued to run I may have even needed a hip replacement... I'm the kind of person that will say "it'll be okay, you'll be better soon & there is nothing to worry about." but it has really hit me that this could be serious. I am beyond upset. :(

No more running, can't even water run. Can't walk a whole lot, can't do anything that puts stress on my hip. Guess I'm going to be focusing on my upper body! He did say I can cycle if it doesn't hurt so we will see. I wonder where this leaves me as a photo assistant. I can't believe this. I really am turning into an old lady.

Here is more information on FNSFs:

Ladies, please please be careful. Don't do too much too fast. Do your cross training & listen to your body. I'm glad I listened or I'd probably be a lot worse off right now.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Brief update & Cover Shoot for Runner's World is on stands now!

So.. I'm sorry I haven't posted and update but my doctor canceled my appointment again & then I find out he's not working at the practice anymore. Figures. I have an appointment this Saturday though, so we'll see what this new doc says. My dilemma is whether or not I should sign up for this marathon. I want to run it so badly. Even if I have to walk half of it. I don't care. I want to run with Lydia and Jocelyn & we'll probably cry when we cross the finish line & I don't want to miss that. I am tired! I have to wake up and water run tomorrow.. first time in a while! I am bad.

Anyways, I have something cool to share with all of you runners!
Back in November we did a shoot for the cover of Runner's World & the cover hit stands this week! Lolo Jones was amazing & incredibly sweet. She worked so hard to give us the best shots possible & really was a class act. Not to mention she is GORGEOUS. Absolutely beautiful. Check out the video of behind the scenes and an interview with lolo. I'm in the video too, see if you can spot me!