Thankful Thursday – Needing happy prayers for Hubs

Every week I don’t have a hard time noting what I’m thankful for … even though it is really easy to take many things for granted on a daily basis. This week I’m thankful for Hub’s recovery from his surgery this morning & just ask for happy prayers for a healthy recovery for him to be back on both feet soon. By the time this posts, he’ll be waking up from his anesthesia and oblivious that I am carrying a man twice my size him into our house and to rest after having his ankle operated on … again.
Oh snap…back up a second {rewinding}
Yes, Gar bear had surgery. I forgot to preface that, didn’t I? I kept it kind of on the DL because it was making me kind of nervous all week and I was quiet about the whole thing because it was stressing me out to even think about it.
 Way back when, we actually met at the gym, and he was the one who originally got me back into running after I’d taken a hiatus from it for a couple of years.  It helped since he was my buddy – always by my side to push me past my mental blocks and self-doubt.

Many of you know that I haven’t been able to run with my husband for almost a year now.

Last year, he hurt himself multiple times whether it be tripping over a stair, a curb, or a softball field plate and eventually his ankle started to be in pain consistently. He went in for [what we thought would be] a minor surgery in February of this year in order for the Orthopedic surgeon to remove the damaged tissue from around his ankle. Unbeknownst to us, the recovery turned out to be the most difficult part; we were under the impression that the surgery was the beginning of the positive turnaround for his activity level. In reality, the healing from the surgery impacted his ankle’s overall mobility.
After multiple PT sessions, Gar still experienced so much pain that he was put on an Ibuprofen drip … not really … but he was dependent on Ibuprofen just to take the pain away enough to walk around. That’s when we knew something wasn’t working right. After more extensive evaluations it turned out that his ankle ‘over healed’ limiting mobility & he’d also formed Achilles tendinitis. So, when he tried to run on it or jump rope when the PT asked him to, he just couldn’t push through that range of motion. (We’re not sure if this was due to his own healing abilities or something that didn’t go right in PT.)
So, after 8 months of barely any progress, Gar decided to have another surgery that the Orthopedic said should break that strained tissue and allow for him to be aggressive (more-so this time) with PT almost immediately post-op to avoid the stiffening and incorrect healing.
I don’t like any of this surgery mumbo-jumbo. I’m just being honest. I mean, we just got married in May. We got to enjoy that and our Honeymoon of course, but I’ve had to watch Gar get super frustrated with his inability to be by my side. I don’t blame him. If I had that bad of an injury, I’d be a stubborn, bullheaded, aggravated Kat. I just wish I could make it all ok with the snap of my finger. But I’ve tried, and I can’t.
I think back to when Gary used to run a 5k a day on his lunch break every day at work around a track we have that goes around a pond behind our parking lot. It even makes me laugh to think that people who knew we were together would say “Do you care that your man is out there jogging every day shirtless??” … “um…no! Why would I?” And I think back to when I ran my fastest 5k – in a time of 24:30. It was freezing cold and we were just doing a 5k on that same track for an on-site fitness event – it wasn’t a ‘formal’ race. Maybe that’s what took the pressure off, but Gar was right by my side pushing me to go faster (I was around a 10 minute/mile pace gal at the time) and before I knew it I’d ran the fastest short distance run I’d ever run…ever.
I know he supports me and loves that I am on this new journey to run more and run farther. He knows that I have a great support system of running pals and even those online who push me harder every day. But I always let him know that I want my O.G. running buddy back too still.
I pray every day for him to not only not be in pain, but for him to get his stride, his cadence back. He loved running and misses it so much – I can just see the hurt in his eyes.
This post may be unlike most of my others, since I’m actually being more serious & and maybe because I’m letting a bit of my guard down –

so no pics …. just my thoughts

I just want my buddy better. I am thankful that this surgery was an option but I’ll be even more thankful when he’s outside running and has his “runner’s glow”  back.

xoxo, Kat

43 Comments
  • Mindy Bobe
    October 25, 2012

    I am definitely praying for his recovery girl…and that one day soon he will be able to run with you again! Thanks for opening up to us all!

    • KatSnF
      October 25, 2012

      Thanks Mindy, it helped to get it all out ;)

  • jennifer
    October 25, 2012

    Awww, Kat!!! Sending so many positive thoughts your way!!!

    I can’t imagine what you must be going through, and how he must feel, both of you being pretty helpless in this situation. You seem like a super positive person, so just keep your spirits up and help him to keep his up!!

    Sending lots of <3!

    • KatSnF
      October 25, 2012

      thanks Jen! I’m definitely trying to keep a positive attitude to hope for a great recovery! <3

  • Beka
    October 25, 2012

    I definitely didn’t see that second surgery coming! I hope he has a speedy successful recovery! Sending you + Gar my thoughts and prayers :)

    I can even barely scratch the surface to empathize with his frustration knowing how long he’s been down and how much he wants to be pain/injury free! <3 <3

    • KatSnF
      October 25, 2012

      yea it kind of came out of no where really…with the holidays it was best to do it earlier rather than later. Thanks :)

  • Jennifer
    October 25, 2012

    Praying! I understand it’s hard when you can’t make it better and it’s someone you know is strong and they just can’t do what they want to do. I’m excited to see an update down the road with him healing successfully and able to have more range of motion!

    • KatSnF
      October 25, 2012

      I will definitely keep you guys updated, thank you Jennifer

  • Jenna
    October 25, 2012

    Praying for the surgery and his healing as well as all of your fears and nerves! Love ya lady! Here’s one big virtual hug!!! Xxoo

  • Ang
    October 25, 2012

    I understand how hard it is to wait and watch as someone goes through a traumatic injury/surgery/recovery. I’ve had to do it too many times. I’ve been on the other side as well, going through the actual surgery/recovery. It’s hard on everyone. My best advice, take time for yourself when you need it, ask for help from your friends and family, and try to stay positive. Sending lots of good energy your way.

    • KatSnF
      October 25, 2012

      Thanks for the positive thoughts and comments Ang!

  • Heather Wilson
    October 25, 2012

    I love this post, onlky for the serious side of you. It’s nice to read a serious post every once in awhile on top of your fun and super motivational ones! On the other hand I really don’t like that it’s about gary and his surgery! I pray he gets to feeling better, I know others including myself can tell he misses being able to do these runs and share that time with you! The best part is hopefully this will be his last and final surgery and will be able to progress better with his PT this time! In a few months he should be right beside you and we will have all kinds of awesome posts to read about you and hubs running together! Can’t wait! <3 Hope he feels better soon! We love you both!

    • KatSnF
      October 25, 2012

      Thanks Heather! We love you guys too

  • Kierston
    October 25, 2012

    Wishing him a speedy recovery! Sending healing vibes his way!

  • Courtney @ JourneyofaDreamer
    October 25, 2012

    Praying for you both! Sometimes its just as hard to not be able to do anything to help them!

    • KatSnF
      October 25, 2012

      Yes it is! Thank you Courtney!

  • Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes
    October 25, 2012

    Aw, I’m sorry, Kat. I’m keeping both of you in my thoughts and prayers today.

    • KatSnF
      October 25, 2012

      I really appreciate the thoughts Carrie ;)

  • Michelle
    October 25, 2012

    I hope his surgery goes well and he’s able to heal quickly! Thinking of you both.

  • IronGoof
    October 25, 2012

    What a story. What comes through your writing is a very deep love you have for your husband. You don’t have to say it, because you can just feel it in your words. That is very rare. I wish a rapid recovery for your “Hubs”, Kat. I am sure you two will be running together very soon.

    • KatSnF
      October 25, 2012

      Thanks Brad, it is nice to know my honesty is appreciated – he’s already read all of these wonderful well wishes :)

  • Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife
    October 25, 2012

    i hope your husband is getting better! I hate surgeries!

  • Abby
    October 25, 2012

    Oh my goodness. He is in my thoughts and will be in my prayers tonight!

  • Run DMT
    October 26, 2012

    Oh my. I pray he heals quick and back running with you again.

  • meghan
    October 26, 2012

    I hope that he recovers quickly and correctly this time. I saw on twitter that he’s doing well, and I’m so happy. I read this earlier but didn’t get a chance to comment then and forgot to come back until now. I hope he’s able to run again with you soon!

  • Saph@frugalwifeblog
    October 26, 2012

    Praying for a speedy recovery and everything heals up correctly!!
    Forgot to say I’m visiting from Tampa Bay Bloggers group! :)

  • Shannyn @frugalbeautiful.com
    October 26, 2012

    Thinking of you and wishing him effective recovery… that’s tough. :(

  • Melissa
    October 26, 2012

    Awww, so praying that he will recover and be able to work through any scar tissue and pain :(

    When I had foot surgery, I knew many people who had surgery similar to me and didn’t regain full range of motion. I was determined to push through and get that movement back, so I’ll be praying the docs are a bit more aggressive with his recovery this time around.

    What a blessing to have your hubs be your brf (best running friend) as well, definitely something to be grateful for!

    • KatSnF
      October 26, 2012

      We hope for the same! Or I will start a rukus! ;) thank you ;)

  • Jina
    October 27, 2012

    I hope he heals fast! Ankle injuries are no fun. Wishing you both the best.

  • Christine
    October 27, 2012

    Thinking of you and your husband!! Wishing for a speedy speedy recovery and that he will be out running with you soon.

  • Jessica
    October 31, 2012

    Sorry I am just catching up. Hope the hubs is recovering well!

  • CarolineCalcote
    November 6, 2012

    I’m sorry too that I’m so far behind in my blog reading. I’m catching up and hope to hear that he’s doing great!

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