As I mentioned last night, this morning marked my much-anticipated appointment with the orthopedist to discuss my nuisance of a hip injury. My short meeting with the doctor yielded a few interesting nuggets of information:
A stress fracture is unlikely. After being stretched in a million different contortions and having a few X-rays taken, it appears that my bones are in good shape…BUT I have been scheduled for a bone scan at a local hospital, just to be certain. X-rays often fail to detect tiny hairline fractures, particularly ones that have had an opportunity to heal for several weeks (as in my case).
I have the bones of teenager. While analyzing my X-rays, the doctor noticed something slightly irregular about my pelvis. My iliac crest (remember anatomy class?) is not yet completely fused, a phenomenon that usually occurs with the conclusion of puberty in females, between the ages of 16 and 18. I’m 23. Call me forever young. In all seriousness, this skeletal abnormality is likely the result of my experience with anorexia nervosa. Yet another reason to maintain a healthy weight, people! Your bones will thank you.
The final and perhaps most important finding from today’s appointment: I am asymmetric. I know, I know, I’ve talked about my left leg’s inexplicable greater circumference before—but today I was told that it’s longer too. Yep, lefty is a full centimeter longer, which likely has been causing excess stress on my left hip. After hearing the news, I did a little Google search and found this little bit of advice from Cool Running:
“If your doctor confirms that you have an uneven pelvis or unequal leg lengths, the solution will likely be to try to correct the problem with a heel lift on the short side. This may be as simple as putting a piece of 1/2″ foam rubber into your running shoe; a makeup sponge would probably be just right.”
I already have a few makeup sponges waiting for tomorrow’s run:)
Have you ever had a sports-related injury? Did you seek professional advice to treat it?
Alright, enough talk about me. Let’s get onto the grub.
Before heading out to my appointment, I made myself a batch of delicious Coconutty Carrot Cake Oat Bran. If any of you are Duke students, you can find this recipe (and many more) on the Cook’s Corner page.
Today’s lunch was an Ellie recipe, the Carrot, Green Apple, & Mint Salad.
-I used vegan mayonnaise instead of regular, as that’s what I keep on hand.
-Agave nectar went into the mix instead of honey.
I really loved the flavors in this salad; the mint added a bit of an unexpected twist. It was a tad too sweet for me (I added more agave nectar than called for in the recipe), so next time I’ll cut down on the sweetener. Also, this salad just begs for a different kind crunch action—it would be phenomenal with the addition of walnuts!
This recipe is available online: Carrot, Green Apple, & Mint Salad.
For dinner, I made a quick BBQ tofu pizza, featuring that pumpkin BBQ sauce I found a few weeks ago. I had intended on adding some avocado chunks on top once the pizza came out of the oven, but apparently I was so hungry that I forgot!
Off to work on a stats test. Nighty night.
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