Answer: both require patience. and lots of it.
(I thank and credit grumpyfan.wordpress.com for the above)
It will be five weeks tomorrow that my orthopedic surgeon told me that I had a femoral neck stress fracture, and that I had to be on crutches, "for a couple of weeks...". Well, even though literature suggests that it often takes at least 6 weeks on crutches, I became a bit impatient, and after only one week I started to weight bear, and I came off crutches for a week ... limping badly.
Limping so badly that I aggravated it, and my orthopedic surgeon said "two more weeks."
Well, this past weekend, my wife and I went out to dinner with some friends, (at Daniel's Bistro in Point Pleasant, which was phenomenal by the way), and I did not like the prospect of hobbling in on a crutch and attracting attention when I wanted to have a nice night out. So, exactly like someone who did not learn his lesson before, I left my crutches in the car, limped a couple of blocks to the restaurant, and needless to say, after dinner, one of my friends had to literally carry me back to the car. Literally. As in pick me up carry me back like a load of laundry. Great, how's that for attracting attention.
Two days later, today, my groin still aches.
I had planned on resuming my training for the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon on July 1, next week. Because I wasn't patient enough, now I have to be more patient.
Life has a way of teaching you a lesson over and over until you learn it.
And patience is what I need, given that I move around slower and get to places later. On the plus side, being forced to slow down actually forces you to slow down! Look around. Appreciate things. A couple of weeks ago I went on a Disney Cruise (see my trip report) on a crutch. Looking back, it wasn't a hindrance, or a pain. It was relaxing actually. I did not feel I had to rush to get anywhere, because I knew I couldn't run there. So my wife would stroll leisurely with me, and I got to actually see the ship, and experience the atmosphere.
In a few weeks we will going to Walt Disney World. Will I be on crutch? Maybe. But if so, I will be happy to slow down and look around. Really look around. I am always telling people about Disney's attention to detail, and the intricate theming of everything from the streets to the garbage cans to the smells to the attractions. Now instead of running to Space Mountain, I will be able to really appreciate Main Street USA.
But while I'm contemplating doing that, let me pull out my obsessive-compulsive touring plans!