It Sucks to Get Old
I went to the doctor, Wednesday afternoon, to talk to her about my Achilles Tendinitis. Previously, I had talked to the physician's assistant, and after following her advice for a year, I was still suffering pain in the tendon. I was hoping that the doctor would have a definitive fix in mind, after 14 months of trouble with the tendon...acupuncture, or something. I don't know...
Anyway, she pretty much just told me to not expect to do a lot of big rides, this year. And, she has me off of the bicycle for another two weeks (on top of the two weeks previous during which the tendon was bothering me so much that it hurt while I was riding, not just afterwards), taking huge doses of ibuprofen in order to try to get the inflammation to go away.
After that, home PT (stretching exercises). If that fails to take care of the problem, then I have to go to a professional physical therapist, and maybe to an orthopedist to get a cast on the ankle to completely prevent movement of the tendon, so that it will heal from whatever is wrong.
I am unclear as to whether or not I am supposed to ride the bike during the home PT stage. I will have to check in with the Doc and see, when the time comes. I hope I can, because not riding is making me a bit grumpy (and a bit fatter, every day, too, I might add).
I have pretty much always been able to ride through whatever was wrong with me, until it either went away or was fixed by medical intervention. I tried with this, but it just got to be too much...which makes me feel like I am getting old and weak.
One of the things that really sucks is that I will end up driving the truck to work, if it rains. I can't ride the bicycle, and commuting by motorbike in the rain is just too dangerous.
I guess that just means that I will have more time to work on the music project and ride the motorcycle. That's the upside.
But, I miss riding my bike, dammit!