Ok, so she's actually a physician's assistant. Good enough.
I went to the doctor this morning because I've developed some annoying rash. Well, it's moved beyond annoying. It's itchy.
And so I've scratched until it's spread over much of my arms and legs.
She actually gave me some Zyrtec, which is helping a LOT.
She thinks it might be a non-textbook case of Pityriasis Rosea. Don't quote me on this. It's hard to remember big, fancy medical jargon.She's wasn't exactly sure, so she had them swab my throat (to rule out strep) and draw blood (to check white blood cells).
In the meantime, it's Zyrtec and Benadryl.
Hydrocortizone, if needed.
While I was there, I decided I should talk to her about the pain I've been experiencing in my right knee.
Her first question? How are your running shoes?
My answer? Pretty bad.
I know all you runners out there are going to cringe when I say I've been running in the same shoes since July 2010. That's a long time for running shoes!!
She couldn't stress enough the importance of getting a good pair of running shoes.
So, I guess I *need* to go shopping. Ugh. I don't mind shopping - except when I don't have any money.
This also likely means no haircut for me. Running shoes (especially with my upcoming marathon training) are WAY more important, right?
She also suggested really focusing on strengthening my core.
So, I'll be taking a week or so off from running to focus on my core, do some cross training, and BUY NEW SHOES!
After how many miles do you generally replace your shoes? What have you had to sacrifice to be able to afford new shoes? How bad does something usually have to get before you go visit a doctor (or physician's assistant)?