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…
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.
He 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.
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”.
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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.