Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A what? Oh, can I get one in pink?

My Doctor: You're going to need to wear a walking boot.

Me: A what?

My Doctor: An air cast. I know you've seen one before. It's a plastic boot that will help your foot and make walking less painful.

Me: Oh, can I get one in pink?

Unfortunately, air cast/walking boots don't come in pink. They only come in this UGLY gray color that looks like it's a part of an astronaut's suit.  It does however come with a cool hand pump so my son really enjoyed pumping air into mommy's cast this morning.  I guess it's a good thing that I wear a lot of black since my walking boot will be a permanent part of my wardrobe for the next few weeks. The doctor's exact words were "You have to wear it until we figure out what's wrong with your foot!"

So now let me explain. Oh, about 15 years ago, my left foot started swelling up. It would be fine in the morning but by the end of the night it would be huge and a little stiff but nothing super uncomfortable. So I would casually bring this up at doctor's appointments and most times, it was dismissed as nothing major. Well, last week my foot started to swell in its normal fashion but then it started to really hurt to walk and by the end of the work day I was limping down the hall to my car. Thankfully, we were off from school on Friday so I had the entire weekend to rest. I soaked my foot in Epson salt, took a few Tylenol and all was well. So on Monday morning, I was "fine" and had decided to postpone visiting a doctor until spring break. Since by then I would have a little bit more time on my hands. Well, by around 9 a.m Monday morning, I was back to limping and promptly called my doctor. I had an appointment yesterday morning. Somehow I thought she would just give my some medicine and send me on my way. Boy was I wrong! I had to get blood drawn, x-rayed, and pick up my walking boot. Needless to say, I didn't make it to work yesterday and am off today and tomorrow. It's actually a very weird feeling because since I'm wearing a moon boot and now my ankle is killing me, I'm stuck sitting in my recliner with my foot elevated. I keep trying to figure out how to use this "extra-time" wisely. I thought I would scrapbook but it's hard to do with your foot elevated. I have of course been reading but hey I need something else to do. Most every one I know is working so I can't really call anyone. I guess this means that I can catch up on all the stuff I recorded on my dvr.


Charla said...

OMG! So you know I'm wearing one right now as we speak! I broke my two over the Thanksgiving Break and have been doomed to wear one ever since. They do come in black by the way. Mine is black. I went to the doctor today and have 3 more weeks with this contraption, lol. Anyhow, my foot swells, like what you described. Especially after a long day of teaching. The doctor(s) have not been able to find anything wrong with it, and it's been doing it now for about four years. When I'm done with all my toe drama, I'm going to see a cardiologist because my mom fears that it may be a circulatory problem.

schwamommy said...

i had to wear one in black! TWICE!

joanofalltrades said...

How cool would it be if you could get one in pink though? I'm sure you have enjoyed your time off even though it's with a moon boot on. And look at you...blogging up a storm in your free time.

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Christie-The ChatterBox said...

Oooh! A Storm Trooper Boot! I love it! Maybe you can get out your scrapbooking supplies and pimp it out?

jada said...

I had my tour of duty late last year, mine was black though. Actually, the doctor's said that I have to do another round of being in the boot and I posted for vanity to be more fashionable around the holidays. True story.