Making the Most of My Weekend Post MRI Results Shock

Whelp, my MRI post was actually meant for today, but it went up a bit early! Chalk it up to crutches brain, lol. If you missed it (considering I rarely post on Sundays, I wouldn’t be surprised if you did!), please go back and check it out. Today’s post will be a little look at the rest of my weekend, which I tried to keep as “Suz” like as possible.

Thank you, Katie, for Marvelous Monday!


Friday started off mostly fine–I went to the gym and (painlessly) did my time on the bike, then headed to work. The cruel joke of all of this is the fact that Friday, my pelvic area actually felt pretty decent! I walked to a favorite lunch spot for a delicious spread, worked on a few projects, and basically just waited for my MRI results.

When my PM&R doctor called around 2:15 with my results, I’m not going to lie, I pretty much fell apart. I held it together as best I could while on the phone with him, then texted Alex as I waited to hear back from the doctor (who was going to get in touch with my chiropractor, who I was seeing at 4). After I talked with him again, I closed my office door, called my mom, and just let the emotions rush out of me. I think it is best to say that I was in shock, dealing with the frustration of wishing I had been on crutches the whole time (as I had thought that I needed to be), and processing what this would mean for Boston. 

Upset gorilla meme

To be honest, the last thing that I wanted to do was to go to my appointment, but the PM&R wanted me to talk to the nutritionist there, and so I knew that I had to go. But really, all I wanted to do was curl up into a ball. After picking up my crutches, I cabbed to my appointment (which I walked into, crutched out of) and then cabbed home so that I could get ready for my Brick Betty event. I’m actually glad that I went to both my appointment and the trunk show, as my chiro was so worried about me and the trunk show gave me a chance to see some friends as well as kept me from crawling into said ball.

I felt pretty funny, being at a Crossfit gym in gym clothes, selling gym clothes, and on crutches. I guess I should get used to it, as I have another event coming up December 14 at the Old Town Orangetheory location!

I had ice cream and wine for dinner. Don't judge.

Then I came home and had ice cream, wine, and peanut butter for dinner, but I did have a side of Kashi and egg whites, because yes, I am that person #nutritionisimportant.


This was my first day on the crutches and my first day of trying to stay 100% quiet. I would give myself a B+. I stayed quiet (no cardio or anything like that) but I’m still having trouble convincing myself that I need to use crutches in our tiny apartment, especially because it doesn’t hurt when I walk! So that is going to take some getting used to, but I’ve told Alex to be my enforcer. But sometimes, you just gotta pee!

I also took advantage of my new #lazy status, and when Alex stole my computer to use the internet (preventing me from writing my update, as many saw on FB), I took a nap 😀 Then we went to West Egg for brunch and stopped by the grocery store on the way home to pick up some things for dinner before I plopped myself back on the couch.

Netflix, Alcohol and ice cream, the things of dreams. 

I went to the gym and did some back exercises with lower weights. More than anything, I just wanted to start the practice of going to do weights rather than letting myself sink into the “I can’t do ANYTHING” sob story. Rather, I’m still being gentle with my body as I figure out what I can and shouldn’t do.

For dinner, we had chicken and the Autumn Root Vegetable Salad (requested by Alex!) before he disappeared to continue work on his big project and I got back to watching trashy TV. BTW, The Real Housewives of Atlanta… I can’t even.


Alex and I went out to lunch, then I crutched over to meet Sara for coffee while Alex went for groceries. Funny story, boy texted me while he was at the store to tell me that he had gotten lost (I know those stores, so he generally just follows me around. When I got back, I worked on some new client plans while Alex and I did some Christmas shopping from my throne (aka the couch). We also worked on some logistics for the week.

Crutches meme

I had originally planned to crutch around the city as much as possible, but let’s be real a) crutching takes forever and b) it’s exhausting. As much as I want to remain as autonomous as possible, I also have to be real: not only does it take forever to get places on crutches, it is tiring, and my walk to work is not necessarily crutch-friendly. There are areas where the pavement is really torn up (on the bridges), and there are a number of ramps and/or stairs. We do have a car, but the parking area for it is actually through my work, though not in that building and involving numerous stairs and ramps as well. Thus not only does it do me no good if I am at my apartment, but it does me no good when I AM at work! So today I am going to talk with my boss to see if I an get a parking space for the month that is actually in the building, and then talk to my apartment building about renting a space there for the month. As long as my car is at the apartment, I will be able to get to coaching, as there is plenty of parking there, though I might have to pay for it. 

Ryan Gosling Crutches Meme

Alex is going to be on service for the entirety of the time that I am on crutches, so we are likely going to outsource cleaning for the next few weeks, and we’ll do our best with groceries. I might finally have to take up those grocery delivery offers, lol. 

Beyond my recovery, it is most important to me that I not lose myself in this. I may not be able to tackle all of my Bucket List items, but I will be able to do some of them, and it is very important to me that I do so. I want to have lunches and brunches with my friends, to go to events (though I might not go to all of them). But I am going to need some projects to keep me busy, beyond going to all these darn doctors appointments! Anyone need a coach???

After dealing with the initial shock, @suzlyfe is finding her peace with her injury #runchat #fitfluential #sweatpink Click To Tweet

But I will heal, this will pass, and I have the most amazing people (you all are definitely included!) in my life to keep me on the straight and narrow. So thank you in advance!

Tell me about your weekend! Did you do anything festive?

For those of you who have spent significant time on crutches, how did you handle things like groceries, laundry, and getting lunch at work?

  1. I know I tell you this all the time 🙂 but you really do you have the greatest attitude.
    Your pause, you feel all the feelings, and you push through.

    I really admire that.

  2. I hate hearing that your results didn’t come back the way you hoped for. With time though you’ll be all back together again. Continue resting… and try to squeeze in as much fun as possible. Happy people just deal with tough situations better 🙂

  3. I was thinking the other day how lucky I was that I didn’t have to be on crutches for my fracture. I live in an apartment without an elevator so it would have made for a very interesting and humbling experience. But take advantage of the #lazy status and nap! Actually, I might need/want a coach. I’ve been thinking more about it and once I’m back to running it might be good for me!

    • I will email you so that we can discuss! Sometimes, we just need someone else to look at what we are going through on the outside and help us out.

  4. Thankfully I’ve never had to use crutches… but if the say comes when I need them, you know I’m heading back to your blog to find out how to survive with them!!

  5. Don’t even think twice and do the grocery delivery! I did it after having Drew for seriously a year and it made life easier. In a way I guess having 3 little ones hanging off of me was as good an excuse as crutches. Thinking of you!

    • I’m a little worried that I might like ti too much, haha. Like when I had a service do my laundry once. That happened for the next year.

  6. Oh Suz, I am so sorry! I cannot imagine that hearing such news is easy to process. You have a great attitude though and you’re a fighter. YOU WILL get through this! You know I am here if you need me! <3

  7. Aw Susie!! I love that you stay positive in every situation. Or at least put a strong face forward for us. You are an incredible inspiration! I know you’ll get through this, and we’re all here to support you. Just think about how strong your arms and shoulders are going to get after this!! You’ll pretty much be able to “run” a half on your hands!

  8. I love Wendy’s comment to think of the crutches as cross training! That is PERFECT!

    You can definitely wear your cute workout clothes when using the crutches!
    and, from one who has used them before for the same reason you are, running shoes are really a good idea. They help with balance and keep your gait even.

  9. So glad to see you staying positive! It always amazes me when something like that happens and how helpful people become to you! Really shows the community and how when there are hard times we come together!
    I finally did something festive this weekend and went out to Centinnel park to see the Christmas lights, although it wasn’t the zoo in Ohio it was still so much fun!

    • You definitely learn the value of the community! I love the Xmas lights in Centennial! Well, really, I love Atlanta. Give it a hug for me!

  10. oh I’m so sorry you ended up on crutches but definitely take advantage of those grocery delivery services!! and cleaning!! if I could predict the weather I’d totally hop on a plane and come see you! (not entirely out of the question of course…) and I hope one of those plans your working on belongs to yours truly 😉 <3 love uuuuu!

  11. Ugh, so crappy about the MRI results lady, and the impact with Boston. Nothing like a little fracture to steal ALL of the thunder! I like that you are looking on the bright side and making the best of it, at the end of the day we have a lot to be thankful for and focusing on that makes us stronger. Sending good vibes to those bones!

  12. one last Suzlyfe’s mommy’s comment–
    When my cell phone rang on Friday, even before I saw that it was you calling, I could just tell by the way the phone rang that this was bad news. When I answered it……….I got very hot way down inside……. even before you tried to speak through your tears.
    My phone used to do that when you’d call from school and, in that low voice, you’d say “mom, I don’t feel good.”

    Moms, that in-the-gut-FEAR doesn’t ever go away, regardless of how old your child is.
    That FEAR puts you in the place where you need to be–ready to battle the monster— whatever that monster may be.

    • I knew as soon as I called that you were going to pick up. And I knew that you would know, too. These types of things transcend space and time.

  13. Again, so sorry to hear about your MRI. I’ve spent very little time on crutches but can’t say I loved it. At least you’ll get a good arm and ab workout with those things. Rest well my friend.

  14. Oh, Suz! I get it girl. It sucks. It’s horrible. It’s not fair. Be sad. Be as sad as you need to be.First of all, don’t pull a Megan. Stay on the freaking crutches!!! I am convinced people like you and me heal faster than the average person, but that only happens if you stay on crutches. Can you do any swimming? That would seem like something you should be able to do to stay sane during this time. Secondly, yes being on crutches is EXHAUSTING. Try doing it for 3 months! The good news is it does get easier. I promise. Last, my best advice for overcoming the mental hardness of this is to throw your heart & soul into something you’ve been meaning to do, but have been putting it off. You WILL get through this. Remember nothing happens without a purpose.

    • I’m not supposed to do anything that will twist my spine, so swimming is out for the next few weeks. I’m hoping that I will get the ok when I go in two weeks. I can’t imagine how strong you are. I know how strong you are mentally, but girl, you could mess someone UP, I’m sure!!

  15. I know how hard this is to stomach and I’m glad you’re trying to keep yourself busy and maintain a somewhat normal life. I’m so, so sorry Boston probably won’t work out. I know how important it was for you but I do love that you’re keeping your long-term goals into perspective throughout this whole setback. You WILL get through this with tons of support from those in your “real life” and those online. HUGS! xoxo

    • Yes I will get through it. I’m still holding out a modicum of hope for Boston, but I know that I have to be realistic. So I will probably have another emotional crash later on, but for know? HASHTAG DETERMINED

  16. Awe, shit. Okay, first of all, you have an amazing attitude. Hopefully you can get that parking space so you don’t have to crutch so much. You prob already know this but do your best to put your pressure on your hands, not your armpits almost to the point that the top of the crutches don’t touch your armpits at all. And I promise you I will entertain you. I’m sending a picture as an answer to your question that you asked me about my cat’s vagina this morning.

    • That picture was too much. TOO MUCH. But I loved it. I am one of the rare few that know to put the weight on their palms–but now my hands hurt (wwaaaannnhhhhh)

  17. Getting around on crutches sounds hard enough, but I can’t imagine trying to do it in a crowded city like Chicago. On one hand, they can help you move people out of the way…They can also serve as a elevator button pusher (because who likes to touch those buttons that everyone else and their mom has touched).

  18. I spent a lot of time on crutches when I was a teenager (broken ankle/growth plate followed by repeated sprains and strains), but never as a grown up. My heart aches for you right now for all that you have to deal with. HOWEVER, if anyone is strong enough to go through this and STILL kick some serious ass, it’s you Susie!!

  19. Ugh, I have never been on crutches (knock on wood!) but my friend’s daughter was a few times last year with soccer injuries and over time, she got real good at using them and getting around like nothing. I bet within the week you will be so used to them that you fly around like normal. Sort of. You know what I mean lol

  20. I have not been on crutches but was in a boot for a badly broken toe. Not the same but I do know how frustrating it is to not be able to do your stuff, you know. Especially for an active person. You will get your routine though and it is ok to ask for help. Such a hard one to put into practice.

  21. Ugh crutches are seriously so much work to use! You might end up getting a serious workout just using them! Also, if Ryan Gosling actually ends up giving you piggy back rides around town you need to take lots of selfies 🙂

  22. I’ve only been on crutches once and it was when I was in 6th grade so I didn’t have any real responsibilities. I do remember them hurting my armpits like woah though! Your arms are going to look even more awesome than they already do at the end of the month. On the bright side is anyone is rude to you, you can just take them out with a quick swing! 😉

  23. Oh man, I’m so, so sorry to hear that you didn’t get good news. I can definitely see how frustrating it would be to be on crutches around your house when nothing feels bad! Girl, so eat all the junk, drink all the wine, watch all the Netflix – you deserve it.

  24. I was on crutches for 2 weeks after I had hip surgery in 2010. I stayed with my parents for the first week because I was living in my apartment at the time which had 2 sets of stairs to get inside. I’m sure it will be tough without having Alex around much to help you out, but definitely try to give yourself a break and just relax!

  25. Sorry to hear that you are on crutches. I don’t have any words of advice since I have never been on them. I’m sure it is frustrating not to be able to do the things you normally can do. It’s the simple things we take for granted sometimes. At least it is the holiday season so that should bring you some joy:) and know that it could be worse.

    • It could always be worse–that I have no problem reminding myself of! And don’t ever get yourself on crutches, it isn’t fun.

  26. Bitch sticks sound legit. :O I’m so sorry, and I do hope you can do at least some of the things on your bucket list! I’m glad you’re keeping busy and getting to spend time with friends and family. You have an amazing attitude! <3 Much love, and I'm just going to think of this as the world deeming you too much of an awesome badass unicorn, so it wanted to give everyone else in the world a chance to think they could catch up with you!