Doing what you can with what limitations you are presented with.
Thursday, July 18, 2019
I am working on making this set back as productive as possible.
I injured the bottom of my foot back in the middle of May. It created a small hole in the bottom of my left foot. I have a bone deformity on that foot as it was often referred as "rocker foot" where the middle of the foot is more prominent that the heel/toe area. So I actually strike the middle of my foot before walking onto the ball of my foot. Hope that I am making sense here and not making it more confusing. There is a big fancy word for it that I do not recall at the moment. I fell out of my office chair and in doing so the bottom of the leg of the chair caught the bottom of my foot and ripped off a small part of the callus area. Creating a small hole the size of a dime. My podiatrist had to trim it up as it was kind of jagged and would of torn worst if he hadn't do done so. Now it is the size of a nickel or quarter I can't really see it well to judge it adequately.
I have been seeing him almost weekly trying to get this to heal. We are not at a stage of doing placenta graphs hoping that they will take and promote more healing. Being diabetic is not helping matters even though my diabetes in really good balance enough that I haven't had to take any medication now for the last 6 months. I check my numbers daily and have my A1c done every 3 months. I have never been out of control since being diagnosed almost 3 years ago after my mother died of complications from the disease. I caught it really early knowing that I had it and just went in and they did the A1c again and it was 6.8 I had been pre-diabetic for more than 25+ years.
Now with the sore we are being even more cautious. I have had nephropathy in my legs since 2003 and my feet have been really bad now for a number of years. I have always had bad feet since a child. I am supposed to stay off of my foot as much as possible if not all the time. I am unable to stay off of it at home as my home is not fully w/c friendly. You can enter the front door and then enter my son's former bedroom. He never liked using his w/c in the house so we never pursued making the rest of the door frames wide enough for a w/c. I only have to walk a very short distance to the restroom and my bedroom. I don't recall ever being this laid up or restricted. I was more active even after having both knees replaced at the same time back in 2014.
Since being so restricted I have tried chair exercise DVD's and it has caused the foot to really hurt even if just leaving it flat on the floor to trying to lift it up when doing other movement. The doctor said to not have it flat on the floor. I can't hold it up with my bad hip. I tried using one of my yoga blocks to prop it up off of the floor. It just stings a lot and I am not sure if it is my foot or the sore itself doing that so I have just accepted what it is and am doing other things now as to not beat myself up for the situation I am currently in.
I am looking at this as a minor long set back setting up for a major come back when I do get back to my normal activities.
It is not my driving foot so I can still go places but usually don't as it involves having to use the w/c to and from the van then also when out and about. It is just not worth having my family do all of that so I am only going out when I have appointments with the podiatrist on Tuesdays.
I have so many unfinished projects around here that I have been working on that would of more than likely never been finished. I have made a curtain, hair ribbon holder, several hand beaded pens and currently working on a crocheted blanket for a very dear loved one. I am feeling good about getting to complete these W.I.P.S =Work In Progress . I have never been good at consistency so this is why I have so many of them. I am working on de-cluttering with the help of my daughter Melissa. We have got so many boxes of things that we have sent to our local thrift store. I don't think I will ever be clutter free but it is getting better with time. We have been married 39 years last month and with that and 3 grown kids you accumulate a lot of STUFF. The whole family is working on this as we go along. It just feels good to be living in a less cluttered home.
All of these things may not be physical activity regarding exercise but it is mental fitness for me. I am proud of the progress made the past 2 months. I have several more months ahead of me as far as being totally healed so that I can again walk on my foot. I will have to be fitted for a crow walker since I am going to have to wear one on the left foot for the rest of my life he has said or this same thing will happen again now that it was ripped open it will never be the same. I am semi okay with that as I don't want to go through this again. I love shoes is what is making it hard to deal with! Many of perfectly good shoes have went to the thrift stores I just have heard about other charities taking shoes to give to women of domestic violence and I like this better as our local thrift store jacks up the prices of the shoes when they know that they are a more expensive brand and in good condition. It is called a thrift store for a reason people just can't afford to get new shoes. A lot of my shoes were Brooks, New Balance etc. I have 2 brand new pairs that I can't send back now because I have had them too long. I won't be able to wear them so going to give them to our local crisis center for women.
Have a great rest of your Summer everyone and remember when having to spend a fortune on shoes that you cannot put a price tag on your feet. They get you where you need to be and it shouldn't be painful.