One of the side-effects my tendonitis problems is that I developed a rather pronounced limp. This happened because of uneven muscle development and because I didn't respond as expected to any of the physical therapies. At this point I've used all the therapy my insurance will allow for this particular malady and I'm sort of on my own.
I worked with three physical (they worked as a team) and one massage therapists. They were very careful to let me know what was going on with my body, why it was happening, and what I could do to help heal. My last appointment was two weeks ago. I left with a directive to call if I stopped progressing, and to continue running as tolerated, combined with pilates which, three years ago I loved, and now I hate because, let's face it, doing pilates with uneven muscle development hurts.
However, it also helps a great deal. Today my limp is less noticeable, I'm sleeping better at night because the pain is decreasing and my hips are staying in place like they're supposed to. My muscles are also responding better. It's rare that they spasm (and it used to be rare that they were NOT in spasms) and the strain on my knee is imperceptible when the spasms occur because they're pretty minor. All in all, I feel confident that I've learned what I must do to return to complete recovery.
However, I also have to say that I don't love the effort it takes and there are days when I feel sorry for myself and I just want to be able to run effortlessly again. When that happens, I take a day of rest, wallow in self-pity, and play Facebook games.
Adam and I made incredibly delicious peach cobbler tonight. He's a lot of fun, but I would like it so much better if he'd stop declaring random "sit around in your boxers" times. It's a little disconcerting to walk into the house in the middle of the day to find your grown up child sitting on the couch in his underwear.