December 02, 2008

Not Even Venus Mars. We’re Talkin’ Mercury Pluto.

Good Grief.

I went to my doctor’s today. The one who told me I was healed last week. I took ‘healed’ to mean… you know… back to normal, like nothing ever happened.

His definition and mine… are not the same.

His definition is along the lines of ‘not quite as injured as I was’. Or so I gather.

Healed to me meant ....if I wanted to run this marathon, I could.

Healed to him means… my goal is completion.

Healed to me meant.... I was going to ask today if I could start running… more.

Healed to him means... I’ll be walking with a lot of people.

Healed to me meant no more taping, visiting once a week to make sure all was well, and moving on.

Healed to him means… I’m frickin’ wearing compression socks now.

No sh1t.

He said to me today, “You still have edema. I need you to get some compression socks.”

Me: *blink*


Me: Where do I get compression socks?

Him: You can get them in CVS. Don’t get them too tight. You don’t want them cutting off circulation.

Me: Compression socks.

Him: I want you to wear them when your legs are… below your waist. When you’re standing.

Me: Do you… want me to train in them?

Him: Actually, that would be perfect.

Me, mentally, not saying out loud: Like I’m not enough of a dork. I have to wear compression socks when I train.

Morrigan’s response to this story was, “This is a sign you do not run anymore after the Marathon. He’ll have you in Rockports next.”

My girlfriend’s response was, “You’re too old to be a dork. Don’t worry…”

I bought a pair.

They are white.

Not nude.


They come up to my knees. I’ll be wearing them under all my clothes and when I train. (Washing them at night as they’re expensive.)


Running shoes, white compression socks, and running clothes.

Good Lord.


Evidently I’m not healed. I made a leap that was not to be made. I am healed enough that I can complete this marathon. I’m not healed enough that I can run it.

And if any of you are doubting me, TRUST ME, when I say, I have run the numbers and know what ‘minute mile’ I have to do for 26.2 to complete in 5.5 hours and its not happening. I’ve run the numbers… I ran them last week when I thought I was completely healed… and now I’m back down to… completing.

And I’m fine.

I am.

Just trying to wrap my mind around the fact I’m not really healed… and that I have to wear compression socks when I train now and when I stand for long periods of time.

A day walking in NYC, 2 hours waiting in the Empire State Bldg line, 18 miles on Saturday (YES! I did 18!) and all that flying took a toll.

I can’t believe I have to wear frickin’ compression socks when I train.

Good Grief.

Posted by Boudicca at December 2, 2008 10:27 PM | TrackBack

MO,what's wrong with Rockports?!? I'm wearing them to Atlanta tomorrow. BOU, don't worry about the compression socks. You'd look young in anything...yes Mo even Rockports :) You realize with luck the two of you will be old one day. Lord help us...

Posted by: h~ at December 2, 2008 11:16 PM

Bou, with your running clothes, does that mean shorts? Just, you know, so I can get the picture, 'cause compression socks with shorts would look great ... not. hehehe

Posted by: Amanda at December 2, 2008 11:37 PM

I had to wear a compression sock when I broke my ankle/leg ten years ago. Major bummer.

Posted by: Jim - PRS at December 3, 2008 03:35 AM

Amanda- Yup. Shorts. And knee high compression socks, which I guess is better than full length compression hose.



Mom- Give her hell!!! Heh heh heh...

Jimbo- I'll be wearing them today under my jeans. I'm catching a cold and couldn't train yesterday. Major bummer is right... Now lets hope they frickin' do what he wants them to do. (Edema is still an issue...)

Posted by: Bou at December 3, 2008 06:14 AM

Hmmm... I'm not sure I want to run with you on race day... compression socks and shoe boxes. LOL! I love you, Bou!

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at December 3, 2008 07:15 AM

I am so trying to wiggle out of wearing them on race day. If I do, they could at least be purple! It'll go with the whole TNT theme...

Posted by: Bou at December 3, 2008 04:31 PM

Get some RIT dye and make 'em any color you want! :)

Posted by: Richmond at December 3, 2008 06:19 PM

need an eye patch?

I say tie die these compressions socks for all it is worth.

I will also add here, that when I was working the floor as an LPN, I worse support hose, even in my 20's.

They always made my legs feel great, and although I know they are not compression socks...

try it, they make your legs feel delicious.

Maybe you could wear Mo's hot chillis, your big shoes, purple tie die compression socks?

You would look hawt

Posted by: awtm at December 3, 2008 07:00 PM

That outfit is not complete. If you want it to really pop, you need one of the several tshirts we have here ... all celebrating the release of various and sundry extinct software products. Many are in loud colors like lime green. That would go well with the socks and the shorts. If you will be moving slowly, may I also suggest an orange safety vest, as well as a crash helmet in case you trip over the marshmallow shoes? ;)

Posted by: PeggyU at December 3, 2008 08:22 PM

Think to yourself, "Compression socks are just tight leg warmers". (You look just like Jennifer Beals in Flashdance -- trust me.)

Posted by: Bob at December 3, 2008 11:54 PM

Or Jamie Lee Curtis in Perfect...

If it makes you feel any better, when I injured my shoulder doing military presses, they had me wear a harness for my upper body under my clothes and it basically looked like a man bra..

Talk about embarassing, try being my size and going to the gym in a man bra.


Posted by: P'cola Titan at December 4, 2008 12:18 AM

I think that's called a Bro . I saw it on Seinfeld. ;)

Posted by: PeggyU at December 4, 2008 02:26 AM

Thank you, I needed a good laugh this morning!

Posted by: vw bug at December 4, 2008 06:21 AM

After the skin sores I got on my feet on my Wild Wild West Tour, I'm supposed to wear compression socks when I'm driving to keep my feet from swelling. Even got a prescription. Haven't gotten around to it yet. I just drive less miles and take off my shoe and brace on my left foot.

Posted by: Denny at December 4, 2008 01:44 PM

I'm like AWTM - way back in the day... late teens early 20's I wore support hose when I worked at the hospital. I was on my fee all the time and it would've killed me otherwise. I don't know about feeling delicious - but they really helped keep my legs from getting too tired.

Tie dye - that is the way to go. I love it. LOL.

Oh yeah, you have to be VERY clear with doctors when they tell you something. As you have found - your thoughts are not at all the same as his. Heh.

Posted by: Teresa at December 4, 2008 05:45 PM

I've worn compression socks...I think they were made out of latex.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at December 4, 2008 08:40 PM

Although I snickered though your post I have to tell ya... even in compression socks you are way tougher than I will ever be. You rock.

Posted by: Jody at December 4, 2008 11:46 PM

Heh. Ribbed compression socks.

Posted by: T1G at December 5, 2008 08:42 PM