When I last updated Weight and See I mentioned some issues I was having with my right foot. Long story short, I went in to see a specialist and she ended up putting me in one of these . . .
A foot cast. In the above photo my doctor was wrapping my foot in something (the plaster cast wrap) cold, wet, sort of slimy, that got hard really fast.
It turns out that I’ve probably had RA a lot long than I thought, based on extent of damage to my heel and Achilles tendon and the foot joint in general. There’s the huge nodule on the back, more bone spurs than I could count, and all sorts of other damage she pointed out on the X-Ray that overwhelmed me to the point of not really understanding anything she said after she pointed out all the spurs. I asked her if it was strictly due to my weight and she said no. The damage done to the joint is consistent with RA, in addition to the bone spurs. She said that the bone spurs go hand in hand with plantar fasciitis too. Because apparently all of that wasn’t enough, she threw in Achilles tendonitis at the the end. Sort of icing on the cake. The point of the cast is to completely immobilize my foot while the swelling goes down, get the joint and tendon to rest and heal for a while, and just keep me off of it.
At least that explains all of the excruciating pain I’ve been in. Once the cast comes off (I’m not sure when that’s happening but I’d pay any amount of money to make it happen sooner rather than later because THE ITCHING! MY GOD THE ITCHING! I’ve never had a cast of any kind in my life and getting my first at 45 is annoying as hell!) there are more steroid injections, physical therapy and then surgery this summer. Oh yipee.
I know I know, first world problems and all, but I’ve gotta tell you, while I am pretty lazy, that laziness does not extend to my house and not being able to be up and around taking care of things is making me crazy. No driving, no nothing unless it’s vital to getting through the day. In other words, I now have a doctor’s note that gives me permission – no wait, it demands that I sit on my ass all day, every day, for the next however long. I like to be lazy on my own terms, dammit!
Oh but hey, look, I’m so trendy with my medi-sock and boot . . .
And the kids are endlessly fascinated with my cast. Gaby keeps begging me to take my sock off and let her write on the cast. I told her I’d let her do that right before I got it taken off. Did I mention how I’d like that to be SOON? Kennedy has an older cell phone of mine that doesn’t have service but still functions and she couldn’t stop from taking what ended up being almost 100 photos of my foot, amidst the other 50 or so selfies she had a blast taking.
Did I tell you how badly this thing itches? Because of how it was fitted to my foot, there’s no “sticking something down there” to scratch it. Besides, with my luck I’d end up impaling myself with whatever I used, and end up needing stitches. Oh but hey, if I had to have stitches, they’d take the cast off, yes? Nevermind, I hate needles more than I hate the damned cast.
Oh and to add to the indignity of it all, look at this super-trendy thing I have to wear when showering.
My daughter, Meg, wasn’t kidding when she said it looked like a urine collection bag . . . for a HORSE!
So, because I’m rather annoyed right now, I thought I’d do something to get myself back into the Christmas spirit and give away a couple of Amazon e-Gift cards!
Entering is easy:
- Leave a comment on this post telling me what your most memorable and least memorable holiday has been – whether it’s gifts or just the entire holiday itself.
- Tweet the link to this post (are you following me on Twitter? Why not? @Barking_Mad) and be sure and cc @Barking_Mad for another entry.
Rules: You must be a resident of the US or Canada (if you are in Canada, you have to be able to use the cards on Amazon). Giveaway is open now through 10PM on 12/18/13. Two winners will be drawn and announced on Twitter and here on the blog shortly thereafter. You have TWO HOURS to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to claim your winnings. The cards will be sent via Amazon eMail immediately. ALL TAXES ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNERS. For more on my disclosure and contest policies, please read this.
This giveaway has not been sponsored or brought to you by any outside vendor. It’s all me, myself and I.