Thursday, June 2, 2011

It's a good thing they're cute... and Things I Hate Thursday

Because they really put a hurt on my running!

Well, it wasn't really the pregnancy that caused my issues... it was the surprise C-section that did me in.

This is what my PT told me:

I sustained some nerve damage during the surgery.  Boo.

Well, time out.   I did know this because about a week post-partum I literally couldn't get out of bed without crying out.... this led to my OB performing a "trigger point injection" - a HUGE needle attached to a HUGE thing of saline that she repeatedly stabbed into my incision area - (side note, when your doctor asks you to lie down for a procedure and then gets two nurses to come hold your hands, you know you're in for a very un-fun experience)

ANYWAY.  The damaged nerve(s) apparently supply my right quadriceps... and because they got all funky, it caused my quad to atrophy.  So actually my right quad is about 2/3rds the size of the left one.  Not sure how I never noticed this. 

So because my quad is puny on that side, I don't have proper shock absorption when I run, which leads to my foot/ankle/lower leg taking a POUNDING.  This caused the posterior tibial tendinitis, which in turn caused me to become whiny and mopey for a few weeks of no running.

Weird, right? 

This is why I love my PT.  I hate going to doctors because they just treat the symptom and don't address the underlying problem.  This guy takes time to figure out the root of the issue - he said that 90% of the time, whatever the symptom that people come to him with is not the actual problem.  Super interesting stuff guys.

So not only did I get stretch marks, crappy eyesight, bigger feet, and pigmentary demarcation line of pregnancy (look it up, it's funny), but nerve damage too!  ha

I'd do it again in a heartbeat.. have you SEEN how cute my kids are?  :)

And now...

I hate when you're talking to someone, and they keep glancing right above your head.  Does anyone else get that terrifying panic that there's a big spider descending on your head?  ugh.  I can't even count how many times I've done that involuntary freak out move... you know, the duck down, while simultaneously backing up, covering your head, and looking up to see what is attacking you.  Try explaining that maneuver when you meet your future father-in-law for the first time.


  1. They are ADORABLE!!! So so cute! I have nieces who are twins about the same age and love it. I am so glad you have a PT who is on top of it! Medical issues are sooooo STUPID :)

  2. YIKES! So sorry for your quad trouble - that really stinks. And who knew??

    How funny...but I hate that too!

  3. I WANT THEM!! Cutest kids EVER!! Sorry about the nerve damage but good that your PT knows what to do!!!

  4. This totally reminds me of my mom! I'am a twin myself, and she had to get a C section too. I agree that going to a PT is very beneficial...I'm going to college to hopefully become a PT or PA

  5. Love those kiddos!!! and I can't wait to see YOU In 8 days. Yahoo!

  6. ummmm so crazy! who would have thought that was the cause?? so glad you have an answer. PTs really are amazing. I loved the one I was going to...he always took the time to explain everything to me.

    Have a wonderful night! your twins are SOOOOOO cute.

  7. That sounds incredibly painful! I'm so sorry to hear about the nerve damage and your forced running hiatus. BUT it is very lucky that you have such a great PT. And even luckier that you have such beautiful kids!


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