I spoke to the doctor today and in layman's terms my foot is seriously fucked up. It's not a matter of if I need surgery but when. The rehab requires 3 months of no agility so the best time to do it would have been 2 weeks ago since I have a 3 month layover between trials. But the earliest he can get me in to surgery is Feb. 25th which means I definitely miss the April USDAA trial (double snooker too, I was really looking forward to that) and probably the 2 May USDAA trials. It means Lola can't be in Regionals this year unless I drive 8 hours to Utah the week before Regionals and try to qualify her there. Or mayyybe if rehab goes well I can sneak in a run or 3 at those May trials. Or I can wait until July after Regionals but yeah, there goes my summer. Best thing would be to wait until October, then I wouldn't miss any USDAA trials except Nationals which I had no plans to go to this year anyway. Trouble with waiting is that the foot will get worse and I'll be worrying about when the terrible pain is going to strike next for the next 9 months. The main reason not to wait though is my health insurance. If I lose it in the next 9 months I'm screwed. Sure Jonny's will take me on but will they pay for this rather significant existing condition? I think not. Also with medical costs skyrocketing it seems a better choice to do it sooner rather than later. Plus I won't have to spend the spring & summer with it hanging over my head. I'm bummed though, this will put Strummer's training back and Cody will almost certainly not get his champ. title. He needs 3 Super Q's, 2 standard, 2 pairs and 1 gamblers and if he misses those 3 upcoming trials he won't have another chance until August and he'll be 10. And the next trial after that is Jan. 2009 then April, etc., the only way I could have a hope is to drive to trials 6-8 hours away and I don't care that much about a stupid title. Oh well. I don't want anyone else to run him either because I want to earn that title with him myself. If somebody else runs him and gets the Q's what's the point? The title is meaningless to me unless I earn it myself.
I meet with the doctor in person next week to look at the x-rays and discuss timing but they've scheduled me for surgery Feb. 25th just in case I decide to go through with it then. Ugh, I'm off to mope.