Diagnosis: torn miniscus. Solution: arthoscopic surgery. I could have done it on New Year's Eve --- Dr. Hurt, bless his heart, is operating that day --- but since my hubby gets home only a few days after that, and it would kind of suck to start 2013 hopped up on pain meds and limping around.
The surgery doesn't upset me. The upsetting thing is that I am not supposed to run any more. Long walks and hiking aren't supposed to be on the agenda, either. I'm guessing plyo is out, though it wasn't specifically mentioned.
Swimming is just not my thing, so that leaves the bike. And I do love cycling (real cycling, not the stationary bike, which I cannot stand). But what I love about walking and running is that you can do it anywhere, with no fancy equipment whatsoever. It's a great way to really get to know a town or an area. It's not like I was ever a great runner, but I do like it, and it does make me sad to have to give it up.
Walking and hiking, I just can't give up. I know I'll pay a price for it but I can't see not trekking through Central Park or along a trail in whatever city I find myself in. In April, I'm going to sing in Bozeman, MT, a beautiful part of the country I've never visited. Are you kidding? All I want to do is hike!
And meanwhile, I guess I'll have to save my pennies for a lightweight, good quality folding bike that I can take with me on my travels.
So, yeah. A little bummed this holiday season. Hubby's in France, I'm so tired from my travels that I'm almost sick, the extended family with all the kids isn't visiting this year and I don't feel like cooking anything special, although maybe that will change. I'm actually really happy to be home and not to have to go anywhere, but I am not feeling the Christmas spirit. In addition to all of the above, I can't stop thinking about the Newtown families. How Christmas will never be the same for them, let alone the rest of their lives.
To counter the seasonal blues, I'm singing at a friend's church on Christmas Eve, and thinking about doing something like make a bunch of Christmas cookies and drive around handing them out to everybody I see. And enjoying my silly puppies.