February 13, 2008

Do I LOOK Like a Bear?

I went to see my doctor today. He is this HUGE Hungarian guy. Big. I feel very very… small when I shake his hand.

He pressed on my foot, which made me nearly peel out of my skin and said even though it’s swollen and I can’t walk, its tendonitis. It’s the tendon on the side of the foot that acts as a sort of stabilizer. I suspect now I know how I did it. I have flat feet. They are Fred Flinstone flat.

I wear orthotics in my running shoes and wear only expensive earthy crunchy sandals like Naots or Birkenstocks. I could never wear flip flops. They don’t provide the support I need.

Two months ago, I decided that I didn’t need my orthotics anymore.

Why would I think I no longer need the support?

I figured since I wasn’t really running anymore, just walking, that I could quit wearing them. Besides, with my new shoes, I was getting blisters with the orthotics inside.

Well… now I have tendonitis. I wear orthotics for a reason. They go back in the shoe tomorrow.

For now, my foot is wrapped until Saturday, with a dressing change on Monday, I’m icing 20 on and off, three iterations, every night, going for ultrasound treatments every 3 to 4 days, and have been told to take anti-inflammatories. I will take some… but not the amount he has told me to take. I like my organs too much and I just don’t see a reason.

Yes, I’m in pain… yes, I was up all night with my foot pulsing and I couldn’t walk… but I’m going to do it my way and it may take longer… but I don’t need an instant fix. I don’t do well with drugs.

I told him I was going camping and I wanted to make sure I could do the hike. I said, “Before you answer, I want you to keep in mind, I will do what *I* want to do… but will use your answer strictly as a data point. It’s my life.”

I think it all came back to him what a pain in the ass patient I am. He said, “Yes, go hiking, but you be the judge of the pain. YOU know your body… YOU know when its time to stop.”

I thought that was a very good good answer… and he is right. I know me best.

Meanwhile, Bones is extraordinarily concerned about this camping trip. He’s ‘Mr. Pee outside when camping’. He found out there wouldn’t be any bathrooms.

Now let me set the scene… I am camping with two tents and three boys (my Webelos... Bones and Ringo are not going), my foot is wrapped for the next 4 days, I am not walking well, and it is primitive camping. We’ve been discussing all of this.

Bones said, “Mom. There aren’t any bathrooms?”

Me: Nope, evidently not.

Bones: But Mom. Where are you going to poo?

I’m sorry, but that just cracked me up. I said to him, “Evidently I’m not…”

That’s his biggest concern. I can’t quit laughing…

And I am pretty much in agreement with Sugar Britches and what she said in the comments. I think I’ll go in the woods before I go in a daggum Port-o-let.


Posted by Boudicca at February 13, 2008 10:19 PM | TrackBack

Between your heels. That's where it goes.

Posted by: Angus of Jura at February 13, 2008 11:01 PM

I love your dad. I snorted coffee on his comment. And after your incident, I'll start wearing my birks around the house again. I have been going barefooted, but it would only be a matter of time. Say hi to his nurse for me... she'll remember the two blond boys.. .I'm sure. :-)

Posted by: vw bug at February 14, 2008 06:25 AM

Going in the woods is easy, just make sure the whole you dig is big enough. Wouldn't want to be non-eco friendly . . . *wink*

Posted by: oddybobo at February 14, 2008 08:21 AM

Minor Rant ...

I just don't get not taking meds when they will help you heal.

You are doing much more damage to your foot by allowing it to swell and walking on it. The first concern is to get the swelling down and it will heal.

I know your concern about drugs, but there is a point in which your actually hurting yourself more by not taking them.

Tendonitis is nothing to laugh at, and it can get to the point where surgery is required and that usually happens when people don't take the care to let it heal properly.

Been there, done that, am not paying for my past mistakes when it came to not listening to doctors.

/off soapbox

Posted by: Quality Weenie at February 14, 2008 09:47 AM

I feel you.... I've had IBS since I was born, but it seems different things set it off for different people... and then it goes off for *no* reason.
It's crippling at its worst and a major inconvenience at its best because you have to plan your life down to the tiniest detail... and then there are the drugs. [Holistic for me]

Happy V Day, by the way! Hope you have a great weekend in the woods. :)

Posted by: pam at February 14, 2008 10:55 AM

I'm confused. You and VW Bug NEED support and/or orthotics because you're flat-footed?

I'm flat-footed and am just the opposite, insisting on shoes with ZERO arch or "support." I have a hard time finding shoes that don't have an annoying arch in them, and even if you take out their little foam liners, it often feels like I have a rock in my shoe. So I'd go to work barefoot if they let me.

Posted by: George at February 14, 2008 11:50 AM

George: I like to run around barefoot most of the time too. Haile Gebrsellassie always comes to mind when people start lecturing on the evils of not wearing supportive shoes.

Arch support can't be that necessary to survival, since flat feet haven't been selected out. People had to run around barefoot until they evolved to the point where they began manufacturing shoes and orthotics. I think we are being manipulated by podiatrists and shoe manufacturers. ;)

Posted by: Peggy U at February 14, 2008 01:36 PM

When you go in the woods, watch out for bears. You do know what they do in the woods, dontcha?

Posted by: Denny at February 14, 2008 02:32 PM

Duh! I should have remembered the title of the post. Of course you know what bears do in the woods.

Posted by: Denny at February 14, 2008 02:35 PM

QW- I have IBS and cannot take the drugs he wants me to take and I cannot take the quantities he wants me to take. Last time he put me on one of those drugs, I was sick for 6 months and it took my internist that long to repair my stomach lining with... more drugs.

Its not feasible for me to do what he wants me to do without becoming very ill. I know what sets me off and makes my life nearly unliveable.

He does not.

I know what is best for my body... I have yet to find a doctor that completely gets it.

George- My feet were not always flat. They got flat through pregnancies, so I'm going to say it has been more of a structural failure. I have had problems since they went completely flat... while I was taking karate. I actually NEED the support because of the damage that's been done to my feet.

That said... Peggy... i LOVE going barefoot. I have found I can go barefoot w/out much issue, but I cannot walk in cheap shoes. No flip flips. Anywhere that there is a tough surface, I need good support. For instance, where I walk is very
'rooty' and has big issues. I need good support as my feet try to stabilize me. Its a stabilizing tendon I've messed up. My orthotics would have prevented it. :(

Denny- Heh! yes! We won't have bears though. We'll have wild boars... which also do those things in the woods. :)

Posted by: Bou at February 14, 2008 04:57 PM

On long boating trips, I've found the body just sort of adjusts to the whole poo issue, for lack of a more tasteful choice of words, LOL.
But if it comes to that, watch out for the palmetto plants! Rattlesnakes like to curl up in the holes underneath the branches.

And best of luck with your foot! I hope the tendonitis listens to you instead of developing a mind of it's own. ;)

Posted by: Laura at February 14, 2008 07:17 PM

Good luck - and remember with the pain thing, once you get to where you *have* to stop you still have to get BACK. Just sayin'...

And Oddy's right about poo in the woods - you'll be okay. ; )

Posted by: Richmond at February 14, 2008 09:39 PM

Pooing is a different story. I'll do it in the wild, but I don't like it. I agree with Laura. It seems the body just adjusts. Something about my constitution knows that I'll be away from a proper bathroom and adjusts accordingly. Weird!

Posted by: Sugar Britches at February 16, 2008 12:24 AM

Of course you know what bears do in the woods.

Of course. That's really why you don't want to go barefoot.

Posted by: Peggy U at February 16, 2008 02:53 AM