MRI Results. #bringitNYC (Recipe: Congo Bars)

I have a love-hate relationship with sidewalks.  I love that they allow for pedestrians to get places without dealing with as much traffic.  I hate that they are not well-maintained.  And I hate that I tripped over the uneven sidewalk on Six Forks Road.  Stupid sidewalk.

Anyway, you can probably tell I’m not very happy with my MRI results.

Have you ever had an MRI?  I had my appointment last night at 8:30pm.  I can see how it would be awful if you are claustrophobic.  But for me it wasn’t bad.  I just closed my eyes and listened to the radio that they had piped through my headphones.

The machine was super loud.  Apparently the woman in it before me fell asleep during her MRI!  I don’t think I could do that!  And you can ask A, but I can fall asleep pretty much anywhere…including loud concerts while standing up.  It’s true.

So, the MRI itself was painless.  Today I get an email from my doctor that said the results of the MRI showed tears in my rotator cuff and a non-displaced fracture in my shoulder that did not show up on the X-ray.  I was to call her so that we could make an appointment with an orthopedic specialist as soon as possible.  (Please note that it has now been a full 3 weeks since I fell.  THREE weeks.)

I called back and of course I get put through to voicemail.  It has now been 5 hours and her nurse still hasn’t returned my call.  Luckily, I have amazing friends in high places.

T is a radiologic technician, so I messaged her immediately about the results.  Because she is awesome, she was able to access my report even though I had my MRI done at a different clinic.  She showed them to her PA who thinks I should be in a sling for 6 weeks with minimal movement so as to not displace the fracture.  (Awesome.  Especially since I have 4 races to run in the next 6 weeks.  I’m guessing running in a sling would be difficult since you are kind of off balance.)  She then proceeded to get me an appointment with her orthopedic for next week!  I think I owe her dinner.

And have I mentioned that I still haven’t heard from my doctor or my doctor’s nurse?  Yeah…

AND I messaged my friend Jen who is in ITALY on vacation as I’m typing this because she tore her rotator cuff and loved her orthopedic.  While across the pond, she emailed me a PDF of her physical therapy exercises (which I will hold off on until I see the ortho because of the fracture) and said she could help me to get in with her ortho if I wanted.  I pretty much have amazing friends.

There you have it.  I’m not pleased with the MRI results.  But I WILL be running the NYC Marathon in 6 weeks.  I ran the Boston Marathon with an injured IT Band.  I ran the Sugar Land Marathon with intestinal issues and cramped quads for the second half of the race.  I ran the San Diego Marathon while being completely out of shape.  I was really looking forward to having a good marathon.  But this is the hand I’ve been dealt, so bring it NYC!  I’ll take on your 26.2 even with an injured shoulder!

I have run 64.15 miles since I fell on September 4.  I ran 3.25 of those miles on September 6.  I ran 16 miles this past Sunday.  I’m still in this game.  (Thank you for listening to my pep talk.)

Speaking of running injured, here are pictures from my morning runs in Italy:


The path along the Tiber!  I bet it is gorgeous once the leaves start turning!

The path along the Tiber! I bet it is gorgeous once the leaves start turning!

Oops! I'm going the wrong way according to the arrow on the sidewalk!

Oops! I’m going the wrong way according to the arrow on the sidewalk!

I took lots of pictures of the Tiber

I took lots of pictures of the Tiber

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And lots of pictures of the bridges

And lots of pictures of the bridges


Fountains galore!

Fountains galore!

The North Gate of the city

The North Gate of the city

Such quiet streets!

Such quiet streets!

Quote of the Day:

“I like myself better after a run.” -Bart Yasso

I can’t even remember when I made these Congo Bars.  I feel like I made them for some type of event–flyball maybe?  Now, I can’t recall.  It has been that long.  But I CAN recall that they were super tasty.  And that I want to make them again.  You should, too.  And send me some if you do.  I appreciate it.

Congo Bars

Congo Bars


– 2 3/4 cup all purpose flour

– 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

– 1/2 teaspoon salt

– 2/3 cup butter, softened

– 1 lb. light brown sugar (this is why they are so good!)

– 3 eggs

– 1 teaspoon vanilla

– 11.5 ounce package chocolate chips


By mixer:

– Sift flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.

– Combine butter and sugar using a mixer until blended.

– Add eggs, one at a time to sugar mixture, mixing on low in between each addition.

– Add vanilla and mix.

– Add flour and mix until combined.

– Stir in chocolate chips.

– Coat a 13 X 9 pan with non-stick spray and spread batter evenly into dish.

– Bake at 350* for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown. Make sure you don’t over bake.

Courtesy of Bakerella

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