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!!!