It’s not muscle pain

On February 17th I was out with Jeremy (or Mr Tall since the internet prefers this handle nowadays) and my leg had been hurting. I had been to the gym two days before so naturally I thought it was a cramp of some sort. It was right in my calf. When I first began running longer distances I would cramp up after 12k . I stretched and stayed off it.

By Tuesday the 21st it still wasn’t any better but I went and saw Hailee and we did a lot of stretching and rolling out and it finally felt a bit better. I wasn’t thrilled with how sore I had been feeling but it was starting to subside so it must be muscle pain.

Thursday…my leg had swelled up. I cancelled my gym session made earlier dinner plans and went home as fast as I could so ice my leg . I had quite the cankle going on. I must say.

By Friday morning the 24th I could barely move my leg let alone walk normally. My current temp job does involve a lot of sitting..but I couldn’t cross my legs. I emailed my mum and said “You need to take me to the clinic I’m really uncomfortable and I don’t think I’ll be able to work tomorrow at this rate” My other job as you know is running retail which involves a lot of standing. I couldn’t even put my foot down as it began to pull in the back and hurt.

My mum picked me up …by the 3rd clinic I finally saw a doctor I explained my symptoms and he proceeded to take my blood pressure and examine my leg

“Are you on the birth control pill?” He asked in a rather condescending tone.

“Yes…I am what does that have to do with anything?”

“You probably have a blood clot. You need to go to emergency and get an ultra sound to be sure”

My jaw dropped. A blood clot? No way. But I fit the bill. Pain lasting for more then 5 days..in my calf and severe swelling. I got the note from the clinic doctor , went home to use the washroom and drop off my work stuff and proceeded to Burnaby general.

I was there for about 2 and a half hours. I checked into emergency and was sent to an area called Supertrac. I firmly believe that going to the clinic first was the best idea since it allowed me to by pass a few things. Especially since my note says “ultrasound”

The nurse did a similar routine and had me try and bend my leg to which I winced as I tried to. Asked me questions if I smoke, any recent travel etc. They took my weight, did some blood work and gave me a blood thinner before sending me home. Which by the way was injected into my stomach and I did not appreciate.

By the time I got home it was about 9:30 I had a late dinner and proceeded to go right to bed. I was so sore and uncomfortable I was tearing up. I had the magic bag on my leg my dad’s bolster to elevate it and was even sleeping in my sisters room so I could avoid the stairs (I sleep in the downstairs of our house) but unfortunately there wasn’t much I could do for the pain.

The doctor I saw at the hospital said they had scheduled me for an ultrasound and were also confident it was a clot but needed the ultrasound to confirm and where it was exactly in my leg. They said they would call me around 9am. They called me at 7:30am…

I checked in at 12:30pm and proceeded to walk down to imaging. My technician was very nice and we had a lovely chat about the tattoo on my ankle. Ultrasounds aren’t that bad..but I did feel odd still wearing my shirt as she ran the wand up and down my bare leg.

“Yep it’s a clot we’re going to have you talk to another doctor about medication”

I met the lovely Dr Hertz and we proceeded to chat about blood thinners and the risks that come with taking them. I was told them to immediately stop taking the birth control pill. No one can say for sure that was the root cause but I don’t smoke and that’s usually the next one they focus on. So this means no blood donations and my birthday tattoo plans are on hold ….well boo.

I came home and then spent the weekend with my feet up trying to find ways to distract myself from the discomfort I was feeling.

. It’s been a month now and my leg is finally calmed down and I’ve been back at the gym for a few weeks now. My 100 days has obviously been derailed and I unfortunately had to back out of my first race ever because a week out I couldn’t guarantee that I’d be able to walk normally let alone run. I even worked a shorter Saturday shift just to avoid standing after a week of taking blood thinners.

So what now? I’m not sure. I’ve made progress since this lovely hospital adventure in that I’m down inches. I need to sit and think and look at my goals reassess and figure out a plan. The cogs in my head are turning as yet again try and find ways to stay motivated. Needless to say my depression has been looming over me as I job hunt AGAIN.

But I’m writing this to share the fact that sometimes your body is trying to tell you something and you may think it’s okay to ignore it, when in fact that’s the last thing you should be doing. Blood clots in particular can get quite scary if left untreated and I shudder to think what could have happened had I not gone in when I did.

Fingers crossed I can stop taking this medication in May!

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Day 22/100

Happy Sunday,

I ended my day with an hour yoga session. I felt relaxed and felt like I released a lot of tension that I had been feeling . Not to mention my legs from skating appreciated as well.

I have some interesting workouts planned for the week and I’m really happy with my eating habits of lately. I haven’t been emotionally eating as I normally do. As well I can confidently tell you since I got my drivers licence I’ve been feeling a lot less pressure and stress surrounding that.

I also managed to finally get a good nights sleep. Which ultimately makes a huge difference

I’m looking forward to the week ahead.

It’s my last week off before I start a new temp job! Can’t wait to rock it

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Day 21 /100

Today was a yoga day.

BUT I also did some ice skating!

Yes I took Jeremy’s adorable nephew Ice skating and I had intentions of taking photos but I was busy trying to teach him to stand up on the ice. I’d say we skated for about 35 minutes. A good chunk of the time I was either racing his nephew or pushing him on a chair….and believe me that’s a workout.

Ice skating was so much fun for me in high school, I can still see myself on a friday night with my friends and we would all get together and do the drop in free skate. In fact I’m pretty sure it’s in my long term goals/bucket list to formally try ice skating lessons since..although I can skate fairly well I wish I had more control for stopping and could do some different things while gliding on the ice.

Either way I felt the ice skating in my legs when I got home that night. But in a good way of course.

Also it’s hard not to feel pretty while on the ice

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Day 20 /100 (Another slip up)

This was another day in which I did not do any excersise and for that I only have myself to blame. Although it was great that I ran yesterday and worked out with Hailee I feel I may have pushed myself too hard.

I woke up stiff and my head was killing me. So I spent my day hydrating a lot and taking it easy.

Like any workout regime it’s about planning and what I’ll make sure to do next time is to have an easier run. Hailee’s workouts are quite structured so that’s harder to alter but ultimately I can control what kind of running or cardio I can do if I am adamant about working out twice in a day.

Day 19/ 100

Training day with Hailee .

We squatted. Pause squats , standard squats mixed in with some arm work. Hooray for pull ups.

I also went for a run today with Emilie. We did hill repeats. We broke Royal Oak up into 3 separate hills and repeated them 3 x. Making the 3rd repeat to go all out till to hurt. Needless to say I felt winded at the end…but hills overall make you a stronger runner! Activating different muscles, training to run harder as well was it’s great race prep . Emilie and I are running a few races together which I’m really looking forward to !

Hills are crucial to that but are substantially easier when you have a friend pushing beside you. I should also mention that it was raining hard…and dark when we did this making it all the harder to get our feet out the door but I’m grateful we accomplished it.

Not to mention I had a great water intake today and eating day . Minus a donut. SO CLOSE I’ll get better I promise.

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Day 18 / 100

Today was another yoga day . Followed by headaches and general discomfort. It also doesn’t help that I had a strange nights sleep. I’m hoping it will pass soon..since well I like sleeping . I also managed to go on a brisk walk today it felt good to be outside and getting some fresh air.

I’m enjoying the yoga routine and at some point plan to attempt to try and take photos of myself while holding poses.

Not sure how I’ll accomplish that but it’s in the works.

Trying to relax. Trying to focus. Water content is good…could have eaten better but it didn’t help that I wasn’t feeling great come dinner time. But that’s ok.

There’s always tomorrow.

Day 17/100

Today was personal training with Hailee .

I can’t get over deadlifts and how much has form has changed. I really can feel all my muscles in my back activating and it seems like two seconds ago I was just training with the bar.

We also began doing pause deadlifts. This is where you use a lower weight , pull to your knee hold it for 3 seconds (Hailee counts this down) and then finish.

We all began doing good mornings in which you hold the bar on your back and try and move so that your back stays flat while your knees your slightly bent.

It’s hard to explain so I’ll see if I can find a step by step image of it. Or better yet get a photo of me doing it.

Either way…my arms feel like jelly today.

mmm jelly.

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Day 16/100 (The First Slip up)

So today.

I had plans to run.

But turns out I wouldn’t do any exercise today. It’s the first day since I started my goals that I wasn’t active for 30 minutes.

I was initially mad that the day seemed to slip away from me but ultimately I wasn’t feeling a run or yoga or even a brisk walk. I knew this was bound to happen at some point in my challenge. We all feel this way at the start of the year when we set a workout goal and as soon as something goes wrong..we just give up instantly . Even most 100 day challenges encourage a rest day. But like anything my goal is to TRY and exercise everyday if I can. Life happens but if I can even hit 75 days out of 100 at this point…I’ll take it.

So going from here…it may happen again..but like anything I need to keep trying!

I’m happy to share however that I managed to avoid snacking late and drank water like it was going out of style.

I’m hoping for a better week ahead.

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Day 15/100

Today I worked again so I managed to work a longer yoga session before driving into work.

This was a great benefit since being a New Driver I’m experiencing a bit of anxiety still but the meditation and relaxation of yoga allows me to clear my head and enter the car a lot more calmly!

The healthy habit of water was accomplished today and although my stomach was still bothering me. Jeremy and I managed to have a semi healthy dinner while watching Netflix.

I’m hoping my stomach and nerves settle soon since it’s getting to be a bit of nuisance.

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