Well, I accidentally ended 2015 with a BANG! And by that I mean I banged my toe so bad twice yesterday. The first time was on the leg of a heavy wooden chair. Then, I was at the house by myself and heard a noise and got up to check on it and hit my toe on the edge of the big old wooden coffee table.
It actually looks worse now. It got progressively got more swollen and more purple as the day went on. It’s not the end of the world, but it’s the end of my happiness since I live to run. I am devastated.
I put it in a big bowl of ice water for a while. I took some Ibuprofen.
Then, I did the obvious next thing call 911 go to Instagram and ask for help. You did not disappoint because I got a ton of helpful advice.
Helpful advice included:
kathm31Ice….in a glass….with alcohol. And maybe throw a little on the toe as well, can’t hurt
rafitarrue Eat tamales in the morning, pizza for lunch and tacos for supper, for 3 days. That’s a very good treatment
mish_sloan Ice, ibuprofen, some wine, and wear protective shoes just in case you accidentally stub it a third time today? But most importantly wine
alisonfarageBuddy tape it to the next toe for support (put a Lil cotton ball in between to prevent any skin issues). Ice and elevation.
megan.little.50Ice and arnica. From an almost real doc…4 more papers to go!
You are the best!! Thank you.
To distract from the pain Ben and I headed over to his sister’s house for dinner.
She got a huge bag of fresh clams! We had clams in garlic butter sauce, noodles and some super healthy greens from her garden.
Dessert was cotton candy courtesy of the boys’ new cotton candy machine they got for Christmas. (It’s in the background.)
Frasier is such a friendly kitty!
I hung out with Alyda and Doug the dog while they made cotton candy.
Ben tried to do the Run Eat Repeat with the baby. Baby Eat Repeat?
And on the way home we stopped for supplies to help my sad broken toe. A lot of the advice said to “buddy wrap” it, which means you wrap it to the toe next to it to keep it straight and stable.
I tried the Toe Wraps this morning, but it didn’t work very well. Since it’s my pinkie toe it’s small and the toe wrap is a little long for it. The toe wrap sticks out a bit and I thought it would hurt even more to have that additional cushion since my toe is already so swollen. I used the tape to wrap it instead. The tape worked okay, but even though it’s waterproof it’s not ‘Florida sweaty foot trying to run’ proof. Read: It ended up moving around a bit, but did the job.
So, yes I was able to run on it this morning. It still hurt for the first mile, but either the pain went away or it went numb (totally not sure which).
I do think it’s dumb to run on it if it hurts (or to run on any hurt body part) but I desperately needed the endorphins. Desperately. Trust me.
Now I’m going to ice it for 10 minutes and elevate it while replying to emails. If it gets worse I won’t run tomorrow. If it gets better I probably still won’t run since it’s a rest day. Ha!