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Meeting with Doctor

My doctor revealed new information about my health this week.  He gave me the results of the x-ray of my right leg.  The x-ray revealed that my leg does have a fracture.  The x-ray also revealed that there are bone fragments in my calf.  The bone fragments are causing the majority of the pain.  I was surprised when I learned about the fracture.  The pain began over three months ago.  That meant that my leg was fractured that entire time.

The doctor told me that I should not run for the foreseeable future.  He said I could exercise in other ways.  He suggested that after a few weeks, I could try to walk on a treadmill because the treadmill would have more give than walking or running on a sidewalk, street, or even the ground.   He scheduled an MRI and said I would probably need surgery.    If I undergo surgery, it will not be for several months because the bone fragments are still moving.

Additional Challenges

Since I have run an average of five miles a day, six days a week, for my entire life, the sudden stop of that activity has caused me major challenges.  The most obvious is a 25-pound weight gain during the three months.  My energy is lower, and it is much more difficult to focus for long periods.   These challenges are affecting my work, family, and social activities with friends.

Initial Plan

My initial plan is to continue to work on a diet and daily planning.  The doctor is monitoring the medical challenge.  I must focus on weight and accomplishing planned activities every day.  My wife Charity is very helpful with the diet.  She prepares the fruit I eat for breakfast every morning, and then she prepares a meal for around 2 pm.  It is a challenge not to eat snacks or additional meals.  Planing enough activities for the day reduces any boredom. 

Prayer and Meditation

It is important to commit time for prayer several times a day.  I noticed that when I have a desire to eat or not be productive, a prayer helps several ways.  First, asking for help from God is always a good thing.  Second, I noticed that I gain energy and have a quick desire to complete tasks.  The meditation helps me focus on my progress and evaluate the plan for the day and week. 


I was disappointed about the fracture in my leg and the physical limitation that entails.  However, I feel added energy in adding new challenges and working harder to complete a plan.  I will continue to post updates in the Blog weekly through this process. 

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.

2 replies on “Witness 032 Health: My Own Health Challenge II”

  1. Once my rehabilitation teached a certain level, my therapy expanded to include aquatic exercise. after nearly a year of ‘dry’, I discovered my recovery improved rapidly in the water. Since I lost the use of my left arm, swimming was not going to work but running laps in the pool was so beneficial. Even after 24 years I continue to use aquatic exercises to maintain my mobility. All the best to you and your recovery.

    1. Rosalind,

      I appreciate your comment on my Blog. I am going to try your advice. I did not think about training in water. You are very nice to take the time to help me.

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