Thursday, January 20, 2011

Good-bye Chuck!

Today was the big MRI reveal with the foot and ankle specialist and decision day on what do to with "Chuck" the gross ganglion cyst on my ankle.  The build up was killing me.  The ominous voicemail from the orthopedic office sounded like I may need an amputation because this cyst was taking over my foot. Today was the day.  I sat in the waiting room, waiting to see the foot and ankle specialist to schedule my surgery.  I saw it as  scheduling another set back for my running.

The doctor came in and went over the MRI with me and checked out my ankle.  He looked at me and told me that I have two options.....drain it or have surgery.  He went on to say that I could go under anesthesia, take time off of work, and then recover from surgery OR he could pull out a needle, drain it, and be on my merry way.  He told me that if he drains it, there is a 40% chance of it coming back.  If he does surgery the odds of it coming back are only slightly less.  He peered into the MRI very closely and told me the cyst wasn't causing harm.  As far as the extra bone in my ankle he told me to leave it alone (exactly what I wanted to hear!)

My decision was a no brainer.  I told him to STICK ME (hahahaha, I have been waiting all day to write that).  So he did....stick me.......in the ankle with a needle.  In 30 seconds, "Chuck" was gone.  Done and done. 

I am so over the moon happy that I do not have to have surgery!!  I am signing up for my March race today.  I will say that even though I am happy about today's outcome, I am very irritated at the other TWO clinics that would not even consider this option.  I had to have two doctor visits, an x-ray, a MRI, and ultimately a trip to a specialist all to drain a damned cyst.  I wonder what that bill will be?  *sigh* 

In other good news, I lost .6 today at Weight Watchers.  A loss is a loss....no complaining here.  Also, I did run on the treadmill the other night.  Ouch....running and I need to be come friends again.  It helped posting about getting on the treadmill before going because I would catch hell if I didn't. 

Now I am gearing up for the weekend.  Can you guess what I will be doing?  If you guessed hockey and laundry, you would be correct!  It is a great weekend to stay indoors here as we are all coughing like 2 pack a day smokers and the weather will be about -40 below zero.  Yay Minnesota!!!

22 comments:

Mary said...

Wow Carly--I am so glad you are hving that taken care of!! Good for you and yay for the march race, we will be thawed out by then!

Lisa said...

yes, it's frustrating how long it took to get to a point where a simple 30sec procedure took care of it. But....this is good news!

Jamoosh said...

Well that is good news. Let's hope you are part of the 60% group and never have to deal with Chuck again!

Kim (Book Worm Runs) said...

So glad you don't have to have surgery!! And don't even get me started on health care in this country...ugh! Happy running!! :)

Lesley said...

Good news on both the cyst drain AND the weight loss! (They weren't related, right?! LOL Joking! Sometimes I do threaten to go donate blood when my scale is stubborn! LOL)

Good deal on the March race!

Carly said...

Glad you got that taken care of in a much easier way than surgery! And congrats on the loss!

Jess said...

Glad it could be taken care of in an easier way!

termite said...

wonderful news! but you still want to take it easy.
forget the laundry and watch tv on the sofa. :D it's going to be a snggly kinda weekend.

xo

Al's CL Reviews said...

That's awesome it was taken care of that way!

Congrats on the .6!

Lily on the Road said...

Whoot, adiĆ³s Chuck!

Staying indoors this weekend will be the smart thing to do, mind you, if your laundry room is in the basement, all those stairs will be considered cross training...

works for ME!!! Have a warm weekend...

Stephanie Anne said...

hooray!
Good for you on the loss & avoiding surgery!

akjenniekt said...

Glad that you didn't have to go through surgery!! It is too bad that you had to go through all of that but at least, in the end, all you had to do was get it drained.

I understand the cold- here in Anchorage we had a cold snap that lasted a few weeks (not quite 40 below but a good 10-15 below) and it finally snapped. I didn't go much of anywhere during that :)!

bobbi said...

YAY for no surgery!!!

Diana said...

"coughing like 2 pack a day smokers".....hahahaha, that cracked me up!!
Good riddens to "Chuck"!

Charbelle said...

I am SO GLAD you were able to find a doctor who is going to drain it instead of surgery!!! Wow I couldn't handle your kind of cold!!!

Stacey said...

Yay! No surgery! Too bad you had to have Chuck around as long as you did..glad he is gone!
Have a great weekend!

Marci said...

Goodbye "chuck" and that goodness for no sugery!!

James said...

Awesome!!!!!!! No surgery is always good words to hear.

Cathy said...

So glad to hear that Chuck was taken care or so easily! Good choice! I ran my first 4 miles yesterday after a few weeks off - thought I was going to throw up! How you get back in to running easier than I did!

Way to go on .6 pound loss!

Jacques S said...

Awesome! Glad the MRI was clean! It's funny how one thing can get you motivated to do so much. Ride the wave and don't slow down. However, do focus on safety, I overdid it too many times when I tried to get back into running after a long period of inactivity.

Delane said...

awesome glad to hear you don't need surgery

FruitFly said...

So long, Chuck! I'd have gone with the needle, too!!