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Foot Woes

My feet were doing better for a while, but have taken a turn for the worse. My left, which I will hencefort refer to as "HurtyOne" was the one with the ruptured fasciia. The rupture is largely healed, but ultrasound confirms that it did not heal well, and the fasciia is attenuated. This explains why I'm still limping on my left HurtyOne, and why it feels stiff and weak.

As for HurtyTwo, he's in even worse shape. The pain is, at this point, as bad as it was when I started this whole damn process. Which means my first few steps whenever I've been sitting, or get out of bed in the morning, have a stabbing, searing agony which is perhaps similar to stepping on a bullet-ant with a rusty switch-blade. Ultra-sound confirmd - it's a boy! that the fasciia is badly inflamed - so much so that surgical intervention is probably called for. All other methods of therapy have been exhausted, at this point, so that's what's left. And while they're working on HurtyTwo they'll probably have a go at HurtyOne.

Ominously, the doctor recommends a treatment called "Extra-Corporeal Elecro-magnetic Shockwave Therapy". I'm almost certain it was invented by Victor Von Doom. Basically it's non-invasive, but only has about a 50% chance of working, is experimental (adding to the Doom factor) and probably not covered by my insurance. Because my insurance was designed by robots that hate humans and love money. It also has a month of down-time afterwards, though I'll still be able to walk, just ...nothing else. I'm not sure, in short, that it's worth the added expense for something that might not work. I go back in a week to re-examine the situation.

I can't tell you how it saps one's energy to have to endure blazing torture every time you get up and walk somewhere, anywhere. I know it could be a zillion times worse, and there are plenty of people out there dealing with worse and with fewer resources - but it's leaving me feeling more than a little deflated, even so. I am THIS close to inventing an invincible robot-chassis with which to wreak my bloody vengeance walk around in a perfectly ordinary fashion. Either that or I'll become embedded in some strange perambulation device, like Mojo, or an anti-grav harness like Baron Harkonnen.

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nixieq
Feb. 28th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
hey, just because other people have it worse doesn't erase the fact that you're living with pain. i'm sorry you're having so much trouble with your feet, hon, and i hope you find a speedy and effective cure, ASAP.
blanchemains
Feb. 28th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
This guy is a really good surgeon:

http://www.glendaleadventist.com/GAGCACMS/apps/physician.aspx?pgrnum=20&ph_id=fe6a56ff-09e4-499b-9df3-6893adba2921&ph_cmd=viewphys

I've scrubbed with him several times and was really impressed.
silvertongue1
Feb. 29th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
""Extra-Corporeal Elecro-magnetic Shockwave Therapy". I'm almost certain it was invented by Victor Von Doom."

So you will get super powers from the process, yes?
~Amanda
aghrivaine
Feb. 29th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
Or have the ones I've already got drained and given to the surgeon....
(Anonymous)
Feb. 29th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
But.. can you PICK the superpower?? Cause having that whipcrack-wink might be nice, with the effect of causing ladies' panties to fly off. Why not cut to the chase?
befers
Feb. 29th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
Perhaps you can convince your insurance that buying you a Segway to travel around on would be cheaper than paying for your surgery :)
aghrivaine
Feb. 29th, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
Your theories fascinate me. How can I subscribe to your newsletter?
befers
Feb. 29th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)
Just send a generous donation to...
vivesse3
Feb. 29th, 2008 09:05 am (UTC)
Well on the bright side, the next time you go to a theme park, you can get a wheelchair even if you don't need one and cut to the front of the lines.

But seriously, I've been in shoes similar to yours and it sucks having owie feet. Pre and post op sucked, so I feel your pain. I wish you the best and hope everything works out.
nephandi
Feb. 29th, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah Destro.
recoveredweasel
Feb. 29th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, that sucks. I hope you get this taken care of soon.
daogre
Feb. 29th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
Any chance your electro-gamma wave therapy will give you superpowers?
maeris
Mar. 1st, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)
What about accupuncture? When my arthritis was at its worst and my feet hurt so badly I literally could not stand, accupuncture really helped me. Maybe it could give you some relief in the meantime?
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