I went to the Sports Medicine clinic yesterday afternoon about my gimp ankle. The last time I saw the Doctor was on Monday, November 23 — so I had a game of indoor soccer, a bone scan and an xray on my ankle before I got to see him again. I went in there yesterday expecting to be told that I would get some physio and/or massage therapy and I’d be able to continue on with my soccer.
He gave me good news, and bad news. Let’s start with the good because that’s always fun.
It’s just a fibula bruise that is on its way to being healed. As I was on the table getting my bone scan at the hospital, I could so tell that the bone scan was going to give great results, and it did. I don’t need a CT Scan, or an MRI as the bone scan results showed a few dark spots, see in the photo? That’s my ankle! So it’s almost healed, right? I can get a few appointments with my “name twin” massage therapist and be off.
Wrong. The bad news is that this Doctor of mine, has advised me to stop playing soccer immediately and come back in March/April to see if it has fully healed and then he can give me the go–ahead whether or not I can play outdoor soccer. Taking 8 weeks off during the transition between outdoor and indoor soccer wasn’t enough. I even missed a few extra days because I was in B.C.!
See, the thing is — soccer is the only sport that has my heart right now. I hate the gym, but I’ll go because it’s good for you and it thanks my waist line, and I don’t climb as often as I wish to because the local wall is the tiniest closet/room whatever you want to call it ever, and they don’t change the routes or holds as often as I’d like them to. So yes, soccer is the only sport I enjoy right now. I told him I’d think about it. Pretty bold of me, but I guess the news made me a bit angry. But then he re-assured me that if I don’t take this time off, it could very well become a permanent problem which will never get fixed. A permanent bone bruise. Great!
I had a night to think about it and contemplate what I’m going to do. At first, I was upset because I just dropped a couple of hundred bucks to play this super long indoor season (beginning of October to the end of April) much longer than our outdoor season, and then I thought of just playing left wing, instead of right.
Still don’t know what to do. I don’t want to stop altogether because I love scoring and I’m totally going to pat myself on the back here, but in last 6 games I scored 9 goals. So awesome right? I don’t know. I’m not exactly asking for suggestions, and would definitely take the opposite advice of what someone gives me because I’m a stubborn ‘taurus’ like that. I guess I’m just disappointed of the outcome.
I have decided to stop playing, for the better of my health.