Wednesday, June 10, 2009

One More Thing..

.. before i get cut i figured i'd post an update on what is exactly up. i haven't been blogging lately for two reasons. first i now twitter, which is micro-blogging. so i simply don't feel the need to post as often. i figure if i post on big topics and adventures that is sufficient. but it's mostly because i've been battling with this foot injury, so there haven't been any adventures. it became obvious after an epic 13hr backcountry ski tour in the enchantments that i needed to make a tough decision. i finished that tour in a great deal of pain. something drastic needed to be done. so i took 7 weeks completely off. 5 of those weeks were in an air cast.

now i'll try to make this quick. i haven't raced or trained since after the transrockies race, august 2008. i've been suffering from what intelligent people think is a neuroma, which is an inflamed nerve between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal. i've tried metatarsal pads, new shoes, no shoes, cortisone injections, alcohol injections, acupuncture, physical therapy, no running (then no cycling or skiing), complete rest, orthotics and finally a boot. bone scans, mris and xrays didn't show anything. sometimes neuroma's don't show up in mri's, so after the conservative route dr. neal roberts is "confident" he can fix me... with a knife. so tomorrow at 9:15am he will cut the top of my foot open and try to find a neuroma to excise. he'll literally cut the end of nerve and take it out. then he'll tuck the nerve into the muscle so it doesn't regenerate. if there is no neuroma he will "release the transverse metatarsal ligament".

for the following two days i'll be on my back at the fraser's house on mass quantities of drugs. i can't thank them enough for taking care of me. after two weeks of crutches, i'll be able to start walking around normally again, although likely with a new boot on. this is perfect timing as i'm headed to tahoe for the western states 100 miler exactly 2 weeks post surgery. i'll be there to take some promotional video for my sponsor montrail. after 3 months i should be able to start running again. that puts me out until thurs september 10th... but it's progress, something i haven't had in 10 months.

i will admit to being injury prone at this point. why is that? no idea.. maybe it's poor genetics, poor biomechanics, or both of those coupled with overtraining on rugged terrain. who knows?

either way i can't even tell you how much i appreciate everyone that has sent me a message or information on treatments and drs. most amazing to me are the "i hope you get better soon" notes from those that don't even know me. unfortunately, or fortunately i've seen some friends just disappear because i'm haven't been able to "get after it" with them. true friends are there whether you can hammer out 100 miles or not even run a step - i hope they know how much they mean to me.

i'll be twittering updates through the whole process tomorrow.. while i'm conscious of course.

19 comments:

Devon said...

Good Luck Matt! You need a sidekick to be in surgery with you take action shots/video as they cut you open, lol.

Wishing you the best, see you at WS!

garobbins said...

Yeah who's gonna twitter live updates and pics while this all goes down!
Best of luck Matt, I'd love to get out there on some trails with you later this year. My thoughts are with ya dude!
GR

saschasdad said...

Just reading that your foot is going to be cut open makes me want to throw up in my mouth a little bit. I hope, hope, hope this is finally going to get you better, bud.

Laura H said...

Good luck Matt! I'll be thinking of you. I'm just around the corner (at least from your place) so yell if you need anything.

olga said...

Lets hope it's the final treatment and you are done with it! 2 weeks ain't nothing if you can come back!!! See ya at Squaw!

Peter Lubbers said...

Sorry to hear about the foot. I hope you'll recover soon!

ajones said...

Good luck on the surgery. I'll be watching the twitter with bated breath.

Jeff Grant said...

I'm pulling for you Matt -- hang in there and you'll be back soon!

Luke said...

Matt, good call on the surgery, I share the optimism that dr. Neal has, this will take care of it. Good luck, I'll be sending good vibes your way all day. See on the trails in the fall!!!

Brad Mitchell said...

Best of luck with the knife and heres to a speedy recovery!

HappyTrails said...

Best of luck Matt and heal quickly!

cathi said...

wishing you much success and a speedy recovery!!

Cands said...

Hey Matt, just stumbled across your website only to find you going under the knife, bad times...
Looking forward to a long-term relationship with your blog (and Twitter) and whatever crazy things you manage to get up to - so good luck with your slightly gross sounding operation!!

From one ultra distance addict to another...

Bob - BlogMYruns.com said...

he'll literally cut the end of nerve and take it out. then he'll tuck the nerve into the muscle so it doesn't regenerate. if there is no neuroma he will "release the transverse metatarsal ligament"
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Sounds pretty intense Matt, best wishes and AFTER all you have done prior no doubt seemed like surgery was the best way to go!

Recover well and I will see you at WS in a few weeks !

Will Thomas said...

Good luck with the surgery Matt. This is one heck of an endurance event you have dealt with and I hope this surgery brings it to an end.

Meghan said...

Doood, I'm sorry, man. This story is sad and I'm wishing you the best of luck. Yikes!

You and I can be in pedestrian, injured style together watching WS100. I hope to see you there. :)

Meghan

Missy B. said...

I know you like the Twitter, but I really like reading your longer contributions!

Sunshine Girl said...

Good luck buddy. Good thoughts your way.

Aaron said...

Hey Matt,

I hope the recovery is going well. I just got a copy of Born to Run and I was thinking it would be the perfect book to read as someone was heading out of an injury and pounding the trails again, so if you haven't already I highly recommend picking up a copy.