Dr. P called me his "bad penny" when he walked in. Awww, it hurts a little! He was super pleased about my shoulder recovery and was surprised to hear where I'm at in the pool (for those of you joining us late, I do have other body parts), so I was glad to have something positive to report. I explained everything ITB-related to him, including my last two runs designated "seriously?!" His solution? He put the prescription for my surgery in my file, so at ANY MOMENT I can just call up & schedule it - no more dithering around appointments necessary. He told me to give it a few weeks to shake out any chance of this being a fluke, but if I've had two decent runs, I just might be on the tippy top of the yellow recovery brick road.
He offered to give me another cortisone shot, the point of which is to hopefully help it over the last little ouchie hump, and I took it. He said: run Friday. Give it a few more weeks. Keep doing everything you're doing. And my own prescription: healing and peaceful thoughts, directed right down that leg.
This feels like the right thing to do. I felt light and happy driving home.