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I’m pretty sure that is not news y’all don’t already know.  😆 Part of what I deal with as ongoing issues are body weirdities. There is usually something strange going on, and yesterday was no exception.

Much of the time, I have skin weirdities. I seriously have not figured this one out, and really, I’ve stopped trying. When I changed to my Vibrams, there was one spot on each foot that would stay all red, on the inside of my foot. Those spots looked terrible, but they didn’t hurt and they didn’t itch.

I thought maybe it was detergent; maybe it was the seam in the shoe. Nope. Not the detergent, and not the seam, because the location of the spot changes to places where there is no seam……

Magically, one day, they totally disappeared. After that, I’d have times where that spot would splotch on one foot or the other, no matter what I did. No idea why. I’ve been splotch-free {knock on wood} for a while now, but I’m pretty sure at some point it will get weird again.

If you were around me yesterday, you probably noticed that I wasn’t all there upstairs. Yep, you guessed it. I was pretty swollen. It’s been creeping up on me, getting progressively worse as the week progressed. Today I have great plans to stay in bed as much as I can this afternoon after I get my errands done.

My biggest complaint with the swelling is that I can feel it. I can feel my hands swelling, and I can feel my toes becoming sausages. It’s a really familiar sensation, but I still don’t like it.

Another one of my weirdities is bruising. I’ve had extensive testing done for all kinds of obscure diseases, courtesy of my local cancer center’s fantastic hematologist. He’s one of my favorite doctors, and it’s good to know I can call him up and he’s willing to help.

Tuesday, after my normal run, the ball of my foot hurt for some strange reason. No idea why; didn’t hurt when I was running; I didn’t knock it into anything. But it wasn’t comfortable to walk like I normally do.

Wednesday when I got up, that part of my foot was still tender, but once shoes were on, walking was fine and there was no pain. When I got home in the afternoon, I noticed I was getting a bruise. But the bruise was not where the pain had been. Nope. This bruise was on the outside of the ball of my foot.

Thursday morning, I was feeling pretty rotten. If I hadn’t taken nearly an entire month off of running, I would have skipped my run entirely. Last month, I managed to lose 56 miles. 😯 

I know. That totally put me way behind, which means that I can’t cut myself any slack until I get caught up. By the end of this month, I’ll probably still be about 25 miles down from where I ought to be, and I’m hoping to get caught up by the end of next month.

So, when I woke up and had pitting; the bruise on my foot and I felt like crapo, I debated about whether or not I should even bother trying. I figured I would give it a shot and see how I felt. If the pain in my foot was bad, I wouldn’t push it.

 

Just in case you’re wondering- yes, that’s a dent in my ankle. You can have edema which is firm (which is what I have in my hands, arms, and legs) but when it hits my ankles, I can usually mash my finger in there and this is what it looks like. And no, it’s not “normal” to wake up in the morning and have pitting. That amount of pitting is what I consider “moderate.” It’s a bit past “slight” and “mild,” but nowhere near “severe” or “obscene.”

Obviously, it was hard to get a really good picture of the bruise, because the contrast was more evident when the light was lower, but then I couldn’t get a decent picture of it. What was bizarre about this one, as you can see, is how it wrapped from the outside ball of my foot all the way to the actual ball, all that side. It’s almost like I had my foot upturned and whacked it with something cylindrical or stepped on something and rolled my foot. I am pretty sure that I would have remembered doing something like that.

Because of the swelling, I knew it was really important to get running and get as much of it flushed out as I could. Even though I knew I’d be pitted again by the afternoon, some reduction is better than nothing. So I had to give it a shot and see how long I could go before the bruise became a problem.

Darn it anyhow, but my foot felt totally fine while running. And even though it remains very clearly bruised, that spot doesn’t hurt at all when I press on it, even though it was a little bit tender yesterday morning.

It’s a daily adventure, I’m tellin’ ya. What weirdities will I wake up with today?! What weirdities can I develop during the day?!

Meh.  I am convinced, however, that it has something to do with heat. Wednesday, we hit 102, and I have noticed that the increase of heat has brought an increase of swelling. It’s going to be a long summer……… *sigh*

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