One step forward, two steps back

Do you ever feel like for every step you take forward, you take two backwards?  That is the best I can say to describe the events happening in my life right now.  I did think of using a hurricane or other storm as an example, but while those things ONLY cause disaster the things happening in my life are only causing me grief, and I haven’t given up just yet.  So what’s been happening here….

Instead of re-writing, or copying and pasting things from previous posts, I am going to add links to my previous posts if you want the back story.

Walking a minimum of 4000 steps a day

On July 13th, in the post let’s get moving.  I talked about making it a point to walk everyday to increase my endurance, strength, and stamina, even though I am afraid to walk alone and have had some pretty bad experiences.  The positives are that I have finally reached my goal of walking for a full mile at a time, and have had some days that I have reached more than 8000 steps (not at one time though).  I was doing good with the whole weight loss thing, ( I haven’t written about that yet), until Birthday week hit….yah cake?  My neighbor (who works nights) even started setting an alarm to wake up at 8 am and walk with me everyday.  I bought a rollator walker to help with my balance, which I used in the evenings to try to get a few more steps in.

One day after getting lots of steps in, I came home, took off my shoe and saw this…foot oww

Awww, shit. I had broken my foot a couple years ago, and had attributed the pain to “an old sports injury”.  The fact that it was so discolored told me that I couldn’t ignore it any longer.  I reluctantly called the podiatrist I had been referred to in the past.  I don’t want to be “one of those people” that claim that doctors treat patients without insurance differently, but after the office visit I have to be.

The doctor physically examined my foot, said it felt warm to the touch and was obviously very inflamed, but since I hadn’t suffered an actual injury “this time” he was going to call it GOUT.

reallyHe sent me to the lab for a uric acid test, gave me a prescription for indomethacin, and told me to keep ice on it for a a couple days, then to start doing stretches for it.

NO Xrays?!?!?!?  That’s it?!?!?!  Not even an order to stay off of it…..

I went to the lab and had the uric acid test done, which came back as negative for gout.  Ya think?!?!  I did not take the prescription because NSAIDS, cause my blood pressure to go through the roof, and make me sick to my stomach.  I instead have been living on advil and tylenol.  (also not good, but the pain got to be pretty bad even at rest).

Yesterday, I broke down and went to an immediate care center.  The first step while there was to do XRAYS.

GUESS WHAT

It’s broken AGAIN!!!!  Is anyone really surprised?

So now I am back in a boot, yah that it’s a short boot this time, but a boot nonetheless.  I have an appointment Monday to see a surgeon. If I end up spending any real time in the boot again, I will be ordering an “Even Up” from Amazon this time.

I don’t have the time or the patience to figure out why the link to amazon isn’t working, but if you want to see what I am talking about please click the link below or google “even up”.

<a href=”https://www.amazon.com/Procare-EvenUp-Shoe-Balancer-Small/dp/B00YBP7N9Q/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&qid=1534367535&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=even+up+womens+shoe+balancer+for+women&th=1&linkCode=li2&tag=gracefullnot-20&linkId=b708949e806607bddd4b94e1c2521092&language=en_US&#8221; target=”_blank”><img border=”0″ src=”//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B00YBP7N9Q&Format=_SL160_&ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=US&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=gracefullnot-20&language=en_US” ></a><img src=”https://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=gracefullnot-20&language=en_US&l=li2&o=1&a=B00YBP7N9Q&#8221; width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” />

Basically, it’s something you attach to your other shoe to help not cause further injury by walking “crooked” or unevenly when you are stuck in a cast. IMO well worth the $20.00.

When I began writing today, I had envisioned telling you about all the fun ( said very sarcastically) I had trying to switch to self hosted, and updating you on Me and my shadow, but this post is pretty lengthy as it is so I will write separate posts….later.

It’s good to be Back…. I have missed interacting with everyone and feel like I have alot of catching up to do.

27 thoughts on “One step forward, two steps back

    1. actually self hosting was a bust… I wont claim total failure, because I did learn alot, unfortunately most of what I learned is what NOT to do. I will write a post about that soon, but I am giving myself a bitching limit of 400 words or less

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  1. You just need an matching boot on the other foot. Then when your foot finally heals you can put spikes on them to use during the winter months for walking.

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  2. Here’s one to help you feel heard… When I was little I fell in one of those cheap-o metal frame lawn chairs that have probably been outlawed by now😉. My mom rushed me to the Dr. They said I broke my collar bone and put me in some archaic contraption from the dark ages and sent me home. A week later when I still couldn’t move my left arm my mom took me back. Turns out my arm had also been broken the whole time. I told them it hurt when they took an xray of my collar bone but they didn’t listen. So I get it, I feel you. Glad to see you on the other side of it! Wishes for speedy healing!

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  3. From that first picture I thought–even kind of hoped–that you just had a blister, which some people consider a badge of honor. Yeah, those people are weird and too into exercise, but still that would be better than gout.
    Anyway I’m glad you keep putting your best foot forwa–oh, wait, that might not be the best thing to say…

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  4. Ouch!! I’m so sorry, and infuriated on your behalf that x-rays weren’t done in the first instance, how stupid were they! Glad at least you’ve been diagnosed properly now. But still, you could definitely do without this. I would say ‘rest up’, but I imagine the boot prevents anything anything too exciting. No tap dancing or tightrope walking for you this week! Sending hugs, and hoping the rest of the week and weekend goes a little better for you ♥
    Caz xx

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  5. First, I am sorry for my late comment. I have been feel awful lately. I am SOOOOO sorry about your foot, I imagine this is difficult and frustrating, but you are Grace and amazing!
    I am sorry about the self-host thing, but I am beyond happy to see your posts again. I have missed my sweet and sassy Grace!

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    1. Sorry about your mood :(..yes I am very upset with the doc but trying to focus on the positive the surgeon made room for me on monday already…im kind of nervous though..but happy to have some hope that the pain will be gone soon

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