Run Runaway

I went for a run this morning. It felt good.

I haven’t been running in the last few months, because of plantar’s fasciitis(inflammation wherea tendon meets my heel) in my left foot. However, stretches and the liberal use of anti-inflammatory tablets during skiing mean that I’m feeling fine again. To celebrate, I bought a pair of Nike Air Cesium running shoes yesterday, and ran today. No pain in my foot, yay!

This is important because next week I have to start counting my kilometers. I’m taking part in a work fitness challenge. Nearly 250 volunteering employees from around the globe have been put into random virtual teams to see who can rack up the most running, cycling, and swimming km. It’s a good excuse to get me back into running as quickly as possible.

Well-heeled

Back in June I complained of foot pain. It didn’t go away, although it did improve (mainly because I took care not to stand for long periods). I went to the doctor and they told me to continue with the stretches. They helped more, but the pain in my foot has never gone away completely.

In the last few weeks I’ve been back to the doctor and tried a few more things. I had an x-ray a couple of weeks ago; it confirmed that there’s no abnormal bone spur on my heel inflaming the tendon. That’s good. I’ve also been doing new stretches that have helped a lot. I can barely feel it now. Yet it’s still there, and the doctor confirms that it sometimes takes many months to eliminate this sort of tendon inflammation completely. So I’ll just keep on with my exercises and acknowledge that my body’s not as quick with the healing as it used to be.

I had a blood pressure check whilst I was there, though, and that was in perfectly normal range. It’s good to see some things are still working.

Touching in

As I mentioned earlier, I went to the doctor today. I got there on time, but saw that there was a queue of several people ahead of me, and it would be some time before I could even let the receptionist know I’d arrived. This happens a lot there: not everyone is just arriving for an appointment. Some people are picking up prescription notes, getting paperwork, arguing over file details, etc.

Then I noticed something new on the wall beside the queue: an electronic touch-screen for appointment check-in. I walked up, entered my last initial, sex, and birth date, and it brought up my listing. It asked me to confirm that I was there for my appointment at time X with doctor Y. No need to queue for the reception desk! Within 30 seconds my doctor came out and called me in. I noticed for other people the screen even indicated how far behind their doctor was running and when they were likely to be called in.

Efficiency on the NHS! Who woulda thunk it?