I thought I had already posted this a few days ago, but I might have missed the button!!
So I went to the fracture clinic at the hospital a week ago. The good news is that there is no sign of osteoporosis so it looks as though my stress fractures (both ankles!) were either caused by the wrong trainers or not being used to running. The doctor said I could ask my GP to arrange a bone density test if I was worried, but she didn't seem concerned.
I've been given air cast boots and crutches for balance and sent on my merry way till mid-Dec when I have to go back. I'm not allowed to drive, and I have to sit with my feet up at home (where I don't have to wear the boots). I'm waiting to speak to a physio from my doctor's surgery because I wasn't really told at the hospital how much I should be trying to move around in the boots and how much I should be staying put, and I don't know where the fractures are, if one foot is worse than the other (left is far more painful) or anything more about them than I did before. I got zero advice about work - they said I can work, but didn't seem to appreciate that it is hard to get there without a car, and I work in buildings some distance apart from each other so now I can't drive between them, I will struggle. They weren't interested - that is for me and work to sort out, they said, but they didn't suggest what help I would need.
My boss has been really good, and we have rejigged my teaching to a mixture of online and cover from a colleague for a couple of weeks, and I am waiting to speak to Occupational Health to see what support I can get after that or whether it is just going to be too difficult to arrange things so that I can go in. So it is incredibly frustrating - I'm a lecturer, and it is really hard to arrange full cover in my subject, plus I hate messing the students around. I'm working from home with my feet up and just doing the best I can, as it is not in my nature just to go off sick if I can help it. I can lose the boots when I am no longer in pain, which will help a bit, depending how far I can walk.
I was told I shouldn't run until well over 3 months have passed as it takes that long for the bone to laminate - perhaps longer. I don't think my family wants me to try again ever, and I can see their point, so I probably need to go and get some advice from somewhere when I am better. I'm not allowed to do any exercise at all using my legs till mid-December (even Aqua aerobics or Pilates), but I have my eye on an arm cycle at the gym!!
To say I am gutted is an understatement, but I know this is for 6 weeks, not 60 years, and people put up with far worse. I've got smashing support from friends and family and work, and had kind emails from students so it is not all bad, and I am trying very hard not to feel sorry for myself.
I will come on the forum from time to time to see how you are all doing, and wish you all happy running. In spite of my current predicament, I would recommend this programme to anyone - and the forum - you are all amazing, supportive and inspirational. I really hope I will be able to join you all again on your journey sometime in 2017!