Control the Controllables

My surgery has been cancelled/postponed.

Turns out that I can’t have massive surgery while on Prednisone. Prednisone inhibits inflammation, which in-turn inhibits healing.

The biggest risk factor with this surgery is not healing properly.

So – no surgery on Feb. 9.

The surgeon I saw on Thursday said that they’ll try to get me in for surgery in the middle of April. By then I’ll have finished the Prednisone taper and have had a couple of weeks to recover from any taper side effects.

Thursday afternoon was very very hard. I cried a lot. But I understand the decision. I appreciate that the surgical team are doing everything they can to make sure I’m as ready as possible for the surgery.

I was listening to the Morning Shakeout podcast on Thursday while walking to and from yoga – this episode featured an interview with Des Linden, a top American marathoner. She said something that struck a chord while I was walking and it is still making a lot of sense:

“Control the controllables.”

She said this in reference to how she approaches her training, racing, recovery, and life in general. I like it. I’m borrowing it.

This is exactly what the surgical team is doing – controlling the controllables. And this is all I can do – get myself as healthy (physically and mentally) as possible to be ready for an April surgery date.

 

5 thoughts on “Control the Controllables

  1. I’m going to steal that one too!! Control the controllables! A good motto for everyone but especially for people who have no say in the limitations put on them by their health challenges. Take care!

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