Last week, with only one day left to wrap-up week 6 of my beginner’s running program, my body had different plans. My husband and I have been trying to have a baby for the last two years. For a few months now I’ve been following a regimen of fertility drugs: clomid, estrogen, and progesterone. One of the risks involved with these drugs is ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. It seems that I am one of the rare lucky ones to get this and it put me in the hospital after causing me pain so intense I was unable to stand up straight.
Needless to say, I had to put that planned run on the back-burner.
I was in the hospital for a day and grateful I didn’t need surgery. Since I was released last week, the pain has waned and I haven’t taken any percocet for two days. Yesterday I had a follow-up appointment to check on my progress. I had a feeling I knew what the answer was going to be, but had to ask about when I could run again. I’m really missing the routine and bored with sitting around. The doctor said that I need to hold off on running because the jostling could just add to the problem and bring the pain on again. All I can do now is continue to rest and hope for the cyst to shrink on its own. I have another follow-up next week and I am very hopeful I’ll get the green light to get back to my running routine. Now I know how it must feel to be injured!
As I anticipate my comeback I’m left wondering how much of a setback this is. I would love to just pick-up where I left off and do that last day of week 6 that I was planning to do before cyst-ageddon. But, that may be more idealistic than realistic. Being on bed rest and then having to just take it easy has made my legs feel weak and shaky. Also, my knees are starting to get stiff. I am up and moving a bit more these days, so I don’t think my legs have regressed to jiggly gelatin despite how they feel.
When I get the go-ahead, where should I start? If I have to start all the way at the beginning, then I’ll have to accept that. I can’t give-up all together and throw-up my hands. I know how good I was feeling before all this happened. Feeling that way again is not impossible. Getting back out there has to happen. I’m in desperate need of some endorphins!
Patience has never been a strong suit of mine. I know I need to be, especially with something like this. The anxiousness is not going to help the healing; it may even hinder it. Who wants that??? As eager as I am to get back into the swing of things, giving my body the time it needs is important. If I jump in too soon or too intensely, I could make things worse. Why would I want to take the chance of being on the DL longer than I have to be? So, I will take this time to plan a safe and healthy return to the routine. Oh, and maybe I can design some kind of protective gear for the ovaries to protect them from the jostling running can bring. An internal jockstrap of sorts.
So Salties and Salty Readers, how would you recommend I go about figuring out where to begin when the doctor says I’m ready to run again? Do I have to start back at square one?