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Stress fracture update

This past weekend, when I was working at the National Track Championship, I got a lot of questions from my former competitors, teammates, coaches and parents about why I wasn’t competing, and how I my ankle was holding up. So I realized I might as well just write a post about it.

As you might remember, I got a “stress reaction” in my ankle earlier this year, and missed out on the entire outdoor track season. I was told that I’d only have to be in the boot for two weeks, and that I could resume to full training within six weeks. Things went according to the plan, until I suddenly started to get the same “toothachy” feeling in my foot again in June…

 

I went to the doctor here in Norway when I got back for the summer, and explained everything the American doctors had told me, bla bla bla. So I finally managed to convince them that I’d need a new MRI scan to see if the fracture had healed at all. But I didn’t get an appointment until September 2nd – which is AFTER I’ve gone back to the US. Apparently there was no way I’d get another appointment before then.

But I suggested I should at least get back into a boot or use crutches to let the bone heal while waiting – because the pain was just as bad as it was in April. Then the doctor just looked at me as if she didn’t understand why I’d even suggest such a stupid thing BEFORE I got the MRI. She followed up by telling my to wrap my ankle up with tape in the mean time. I almost got embarrassed on her behalf. Since when does some tape heal a fractured bone? **The Norwegian health care system** Don’t even get me started…

In the US I got an MRI appointment in less than 24 hours after the physiotherapist called. Two days later I got the results, was put in a boot, and got an eight-week rehab plan handed to me.

Well, on the bright side, I’ve had lot more time to work towards my goals as a filmmaker. I’ve also spent so many hours in the pool that I’ve become a pretty decent swimmer 🙂

God has a plan, and all I can do is to trust it.

Be blessed,
Maria Lavelle

Summer work

I’m absolutely flattered by the nice response I received after the TV interview yesterday. I even got several “good job” and “good luck” messages from people I haven’t seen in years!

Now I’m in the middle of editing the second and third part, and then I’ll head to work in two hours.

As I’ve mentioned before, I work at Meny Karmsundgata this summer – the very same store I worked at for two years saving up money for college. I’m not gonna lie and say that I loved every minute of those two years.

I think it had something to do with the fact that last time I was at a very uncertain stage in my life. My dreams of going to college right after high school had been crushed by a bad leg injury. I had also been told by the doctors that I’d have to give up the love of my life – track. The world as I knew it had just fallen apart. And because I didn’t have anything else to go to, I HAD to work there at the store. I think deep down I was just very frustrated, and “blamed” it on the job, when in reality it had nothing to do with the job itself.

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Luckily, things worked out and I got accepted to Augustana college in SD, where I even got to do track! Wow, who would’ve thought that’d be possible?

Therefore, this year I CHOSE to go back and work at Meny, to make the rest of my education abroad a little more affordable. There’s a big difference between being forced to do something, and wanting to do something. And you know what? I really like it this time around !

Now that my sister also works there, my productivity went from good to great – because we’re both so incredibly competitive towards each other. We compete in who can “face” the shelfs or complete the tasks on the list in the shortest amount of time etc. Pretty nice!

Track is not healthy

In that case I think we can all agree that my Track & Field “career” has been a success… haha. In the post “It ain’t all sunshine” I mentioned that I missed out on the entire track season of 2010, half of 2012, all of 2013, 2014 and now at least half of 2015. I then received some questions about what exactly happened. I know this might be of zero interest to most of you, but since this blog already contains a great deal of track material, I might as well share it with y’all.

Well, I began my track and field adventure in 2004, at age 11. The morning after I’d done my first practice ever, I woke up feeling sick. Very sick, in fact I was so sick I got hospitalized for the next eight weeks. Turned out it had nothing to do with the practice itself, but rather a mysterious infection that made my organs shut down. I also lost one third of my body weight during the stay at the hospital. However, I recovered extremely quickly, which according to the doctors was nothing short of a miracle. Thank God! I decided to give track another try the following year. Things went great, and I jumped an inch higher than my own head at age 14, which to this day probably stands as one of my best sports performance xD Anyway, I placed top 3 in most competitions all the way through 2009.

2010
This time I was forced to sit out 90% of the season because of an ankle injury which ended my “career” as a high jumper. During that time, I discovered a new passion in Olympic Weightlifting. After a cortisone injection I was able to save some of the track season with a bronze in the triple jump at Youth Nationals.

2011
Was amazing, both on the track and the weightlifting platform. I became the National Champion in Olympic weightlifting for both Seniors and Juniors, got to represent the National team on the track as well.

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2012
I got a stress fracture in my shin bone. Read more about that HERE

2013
I wasn’t able to return to jumping until September 2013. And since the season ends in September I didn’t get to compete at all that year. Then, literally a week after I had done my first practice, I managed to run a milk trolley over my foot at work, so I was back on crutches.

I have the tendency to make weird videos when I’m injured.. to cheer myself up and kill some of that extra time I have when I can’t work out..

2014
Leading up to 2014 I had trained very well and was planning on doing a “comeback” that season.. but then I tore parts of my meniscus. So I had to wave goodbye to yet another season.

2015
First season in America, and my ankle decided to get a “stress fracture” So I only got to do one triple jump meet.
On the bright side I got to work on my handstand skills.

Now that I’ve had a couple of weeks off, I’ve had some time to think and ask myself: WHY IN THE WORLD AM I DOING THIS TO MYSELF? Well.. I don’t know.
But I guess some place deep inside I’m hoping I’ll be able to let it go someday. Knowing that I did my best, I worked hard, I kept going when many would have given up, and that someday I can close that chapter without feeling that I lost something. On the other hand.. I guess what I’m really hoping is that all this work will pay off someday, so that I can retire with the feeling of some kind of accomplishment.

But either way, I’m excited to see what God has in store – whether it’s on or off the track.

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