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My tennis team stages a DRUG INTERVENTION

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Jun 07, 2011

My team staged a drug intervention for me, last weekend.

We participated in a tournament that, if we won it, gave us a wild-card seat at our Districts playoffs in August, without having to win our division. By Saturday at 7 p.m., I’d played three matches in less than 24 hours, and won all three. We also had three team wins. That put us in the finals match against Sports Mall, whom we have always considered our fiercest competition.

Our captain, Pam, had me slated to play singles in the final match, and she was strategizing the lineup to be able to count on 3 wins and 2 losses—I was one of the wins she needed to bank on.

I’ve been struggling with Plantar Fasciitis for over a year. It went away for a few months in the winter, but when I’m playing tennis almost daily, it comes back, and it HURTS.

Plus two of my toes were banged up and bleeding, with a nail threatening to fall off, from so much high-impact in the summer heat, in the same shoes. My bloody sock was draped over my armrest, and I was sitting there icing my foot after the 3rd match, when the little army of my 7 teammates confronted me.

Them: We want you to take these. [They point at 4 Ibuprofen they’ve laid out on the table.]

Me, laughing: You guys, I never take drugs. If I take those, I’ll probably have to go curl up in the corner of the court and sleep it off. Or it might make me loopy. Or something. Who knows.

Them, sternly, hands on hips: Take TWO then.

Me: [long pause] All right, okay, how about this: I’ll take ONE!

So I did. I won my singles match easily, in two sets, as darkness fell, and my team pulled out the 3 wins that we needed to take the tournament and go to Districts.

I guess I’m not that extreme even though I don’t have any Advil or Tylenol in my house. There’s a time and a place. Like, when you’re being pressured by a bunch of mom-athletes ganged up on you with their hands on their hips! You’ve heard of “interventions” to get someone to STOP taking drugs? I wonder if what happened last weekend is the first time an intervention has been staged to make someone TAKE them!

The photo is of the four of us who played every match and didn’t lose any: Shelli, Meagan, Pam, and me. GO TEAM!

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17 thoughts on “My tennis team stages a DRUG INTERVENTION”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations on your win, with plantar fasciitis no less! I suffered with this horrible affliction once and wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Hobbling out of bed in the morning was the worst. All better now but the thought of it coming back sends me into a panic :).

  2. Great story. Sometimes drugs can be your friend. Recient note from my own experiences. I have been on a drug called cumindin for a blod clot on my lung (pulmanary embolism). Nasty little thing that happened after surgery 9 months ago, that can kill you if not disolved. Just got off it last week . Whoooopii. It is gone. One of the things I couldn’t do for months was play TENNIS. Now I can fully enjoy tennis again.

    Speaking of challenges, my husband and I have a goal to lose 40 lbs by September, then we go to Italy tba. On my way with smoothies, and eating a lot more healthy and not skipping meals. I’m vegetarian mostly vegan.

    One other note, thanks for coming to Bakersfield. Enjoyed your presentation. Love the website, and your blog.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Shaaron! You got of Coumadin! Nice! I love to hear that because people come to me all the time and say, “My doctor says once I’m on Coumadin, I’m on it for life.” I’m so glad for you. I hate Coumadin–since people have to eat very little GREEN food. Same people who need green food the most! Go enjoy your tennis game!!

  3. Congratulations on the wins! My first thought is that you’re so healthy – how healthy are you? – that the drug was probably pushed out of your body rather quickly.

  4. Even before I quit gluten, I recently had to do a danish intervention on myself, after a trip to a Danish-themed village in California. It was clear I couldn’t eat just one, so I can’t even start. I had to threaten to cut myself off from all of my money and change the locks, if my behaviour didn’t change. Fortuanely, I straightened up.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Here’s a weird suggestion for you Robyn but I have plantar fascitis too and it has been WAY better since I started doing two things, 1) sleep with a little boot thingy that keeps my feet stretched out all night and 2) started wearing skechers shape ups. i imagine you can’t wear them playing tennis, but maybe walking around? they’ve really mysteriously helped. but you are probably doing stuff like this!!

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Megan, yes I am…..sigh. That boot thingy I did for months till it drove me nuts. It felt better in the a.m. but overall, not. I am currently wearing plantar fasciitis-specific shoes, 24-7 except when I’m in bed or HAVE to be more fashionable than that (or wear specific sports shoes), never ever barefoot. Sigh.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, what kind of shoe is plantar fasciitis specific? I need to know for obvious reasons.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      I don’t know, it’s this guy who is a friend of a friend who designed them. I will ask him to come on here and tell you! I have also heard you can buy them at walking/running stores?

  7. Anonymous says:

    I had plantar fasciitis in my left foot – but found that doing Yoga made it go away. I think the pose that helped the most is ‘Awkward Pose’, also known as UTKATASANA.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Dear Robyn, Have you read Born to Run? It’s kind of a crazy book but now that I’m done reading it I think a lot of us with running or other injuries should really consider our footwear. According to this book it’s the shoes that are causing the injuries! Shoe business is big business – kind of like the food industry. The book talks about going back to the basics barefoot running, running in the 5 finger shoes that are really water shoes, and of course Nike now has their line of Nikefree to follow this trend. Just a thought.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Cherilyn, I have read part of it, and I see all the neoprene “barefoot” shoes around and have been thinking of trying them. Both the podiatrist and phys therapist I consulted totally mock that, and the PT demands that I wear shoes 24/7.

  9. Plantar Faciitis. I too had this and the #1 thing I firmly believe you need to do, and I only say this because it’s seems the consistent remedy, is STRETCH! And I mean every half hour to an hour. I don’t care if you’re walking around all day long, you need to do those lunge stretches that stretch the back of your calves, and thus all the way down to the achilles and that silly facii that has been aggravated. They told me this and I didn’t do it often enough, and I suffered for over a year. Within two weeks of actually stretching at least once an hour, it was virtually gone. I can’t promise the same results, but try it and see if it helps. I stuck with the boot too and tested every once in a while to see if it still got tight by morning, but the boot was ‘booted’ at the end of those two weeks.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Gwen….I’m on it! I pretty much stretch for 10 seconds in the morning…and I do yoga 3x a week…but I’ll do that! It’s a low effort, easy thing to try! If THAT works, after a year of pain, I might just owe you my firstborn child.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I too stay away from the drugs. But once about 1-2x/year I will take Ibuprofen for when I feel like I’ve been hit by a big Mack Truck (occasional cold or flu) & I need to help my body rest & heal quicker. I even gently force (oxymoron, I know : ]) my dear husband to take one to relax & sleep soundly about once a year. Grateful for the rare occasion, but definately not one to run to the pharmacy : )

  11. The shoes Robyn has been wearing are Kuru Shoes. They’ve helped many with foot conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis. You can check out our page here: http://www.kurufootwear.com/plantarfasciitis about plantar fasciitis.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Hey Bret, thank you! Am I supposed to put my orthotics in these shoes?

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