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This is a Stress Fracture and These are Super Delicious Meatballs!

Posted Sep 09 2011 10:10am

Honestly, after naming this post it seemed kinda gross to have MRI pics and meatballs on the same page. I am so sorry.

I’m gonna warn you now… I have posted pictures of the MRI I had of my leg to illustrate what a stress fracture looks like.  The pictures are in black and white but you can see muscle, blood vessels and so on. SO, it’s really not gory or anything but I know some people are weird about that stuff so I figured it would be best to give a heads UP.

So YUP. I’ve got a stress fracture in my left Tibia. Honestly, with all the pain in my calf that has radiated up and down my leg I am surprised that something smallish like this could be SO painful! When I asked the Orthopedic doctor how serious it was he said: “Eh, if you were in the military it would just be as minor as a nosebleed”. He told me although very painful, it will heal in a bout 4 weeks. Ice and anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen will ease he pain but only time will heal the leg.

Just so you all know I have been obsessed and newly fascinated with sports injuries lately! It’s probably pretty obvious. It’s just we are all so unique and sports related injuries can be extremely dynamic. I’ve really enjoyed learning about it all :)

So yeah I’ve got a stress fracture. But this issue has a ROOT. Why was my left leg affected while my right leg has remained strong and completely unaffected? There are dozens of possible reasons. It could be a body mechanic issue… my pelvis may be higher on my left side which would shorten my left leg ever so slightly. This is called a lateral pelvic tilt. I have always joked that my left leg is shorter than my right. Maybe I was right! haha Or, I may just be running ‘wrong’ and have bad form or maybe the sneakers (Mizunos) I was training in were all wrong for my feet. In any case I will be seeing a physical therapist AFTER my stress fracture is healed to make sure I am running properly so that an injury like this doesn’t happen again!

In the meantime I am allowed to use a stationary bike (boo!!!!!) and SWIM! I am so excited about swimming :-D Andrew was a life guard for years and really knows his stuff. I am sure he will be able to show me a thing or two!

I had the MRI on Wednesday and the follow up appointment yesterday morning. After the MRI they actually gave me a CD of all the images. How cool! I really love this stuff. I am completely fascinated with the human body and its mechanics. So, naturally I obsessed over all the 300+ pictures though I really had no clue what I was really looking at. When I saw this picture, I told Andrew that I thought that little black line/smudge at the bottom of my Tibia (top larger bone) was a ‘crack’. But what do I know, I mean I have no clue what a normal MRI looks like. I couldn’t wait for my follow up so the doctor could explain it all to me!

THIS is the image that shows the stress fracture. In a ‘normal’ MRI, the bone would appear completely gray in this image. But if you look, you’ll see white splotchiness towards the top of the bone and a white line in the middle. That is the stress fracture. The white indicates inflammation and micro-fractures inside the bone from prolonged stress. Eventually, stress fractures can become full fractures if the leg is not rested. This type of injury is not detected on an X-ray UNLESS it is an old stress fracture that is healing. In that case, the new bone is visible on the X-ray.

The doctors were SO informative about the MRI and what I should do now. They really took the time to explain it all.

They gave me crutches for long walks but I have zero coordination. I think they just thought I knew how to use them and I didn’t think to ask because they look easy enough, right!? Nope… I have no clue. I feel pretty ridiculous and awkward so I think I am gonna save them for like REALLY long walks. As long as there is no pain and I walk in supportive shoes I am good to go.

Whew!! I am glad I know now! I am super bummed I won’t be able to run the 10K and half I have coming up with my Sister but I have my fingers crossed that if I am diligent with letting my leg heal that I may perhaps be ready for the cape Cod half marathon on 10/29. Probably not but anything is possible! :-D

Meatball time! After visiting my Grandparents Sunday I have had a hankering for an Italian inspired dinner… that includes meatballs. Meatballs were a MUST. My Sister and I grew up eating our Grandmother’s fabulous Italian cooking. I think she thinks I am crazy when she sees pictures of green oatmeal… like ‘where did she go wrong?’ hahaha It’s so interesting how tastes, preferences and eating habits have changed over time, no? I think a lot of it has to do with increased knowledge of nutrition along with the huge abundance of food and information. So, this one is for Rosie and Papa <3

I always use all-natural beef.. meaning, meat from humanely raised cows that haven't been fed anti-biotics or hormones and are preferably grass fed. Did you know grass fed beef has a sh*t ton of Omega 3's!? Grass is a normal diet for cows. Not corn, which just makes them fatter more quickly. And of course, fat tastes good, no? So grain (corn) fed animals are generally preferred by cooks over grass fed because of the fat content. My concern is the quality of the meat and the animals life. I was vegetarian for some time and vegan for a couple years as well. I did NOT thrive on a veggie diet. I absolutely still lean more towards a veggie and seafood centered diet nowadays but I now incorporate high quality beef, lamb, and turkey when I crave it. Wednesday was one of those nights!

These are a gluten-free version of basil parmesan meatballs :-D

I always spray the top of the meatballs with olive oil cooking spray.

Andrew had his meal with spaghetti and I had Shirataki noodles.

It all looks so organized!

The olive oil for dipping had about two cloves of chopped garlic, a dash of crushed red pepper and pinches of salt and pepper.

This dinner totally hit the spot!! Thank you Rosie for all your amazing meatball tips! <3

'Modernized' Basil Parmesan Meatballs

- 2 pounds all natural lean ground beef.
- 2 slices of gluten free or whole grain bread.
- 1 half of a large red onion, diced.
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese.
- 1 egg plus 1 egg white.
- one large handful of fresh basil, chopped.
- 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil.
- 1 tablespoon of crushed garlic.
- 1/2 – 2/3 cup milk or water.
- salt and pepper to taste.

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. While the oven is pre-heating, rip the bread up into very small pieces and let soak in the milk or water (preferably milk)toss the olive oil, diced onion and crushed garlic in a skillet and let caramelize about halfway. While the onions are caramelizing and the bread is soaking, whisk the eggs. Once the onions are done combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix with your hands. Mix well but not TOO well. If you mix the meat too much it will be super tough. Add a bit more olive oil to the meat if you like.

Form into golf-ball sized balls and line them up in a greased glass baking dish or cast iron skillet. Bake until they are still a little pink in the middle but golden and toasty on the outside.

YUM!

Andrew had the written portion of his Jiu Jitsu instructor test last night! He has been studying like crazy and I am sure he did a fabulous job!

Please ignore all the camping clothes on the floor from this PAST weekend ;)

I have had to miss A LOT of work for doctors appointments this past week. I am so thankful my boss has been very understanding and supportive! I am glad I am through all that and can really start the healing process :)

Back to my normal routine today and SO ready for the weekend!

Canyon Bakehouse gluten free San Juan 7-grain bread with 2 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter and a banana.

This bread is SO fluffy and reminiscent of corn bread. It makes fabulous French toast and I am obsessed


A little Green Vibrance to get my day going!? Never fails ;)

I am giving a wine tour on Saturday and Andrew will be away for a wedding. Other than the tour I plan on swimming and relaxing!

My friend Lexi is back in town after living in working in Korea for what seems like FOREVER! Welcome home Lexi! We have all missed you and I cannot wait to see you! <3

Do any of you swim for exercise?

How are your eating habits changed over time? how are they different from your Parents/Grandparents?

Fun plans for the weekend!?

Happy Friday! :-D


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