Running in High Heels

I’m still here. It’s not like I don’t have the time to write, because I do, and I do love my blog. It’s more that I just don’t have the blog mojo these days. I think about blog posts and then I think, ‘Nah, that’s boring, I’m not writing about that’. So all the time goes by. I guess it’s best to not force the issue.

Time is flying, how do I have an 8th grader and a 5th grader? It’s our last year in the elementary school. I’m working on transitioning out of some of my volunteer jobs. I did find two moms to take over my head librarian duties, so that is a relief and they’re awesome so I’m leaving the library in good hands.

For this year, I’m still heading up the Healthy Ever After nutrition program at the school. I’m super excited that this is my only volunteer job this year, and I’m looking at not just the students, but their parents, as well. I really need to spark some enthusiasm for the program so that I can find someone to take it over next.

I went back to the orthopedist last Friday. It’s been 5 weeks since my first visit. The Lidoderm patches seem to be helping the nerve problem in my ankle. The irritation is getting a little better, but it’s still there. Luckily, it never hurts when I run or workout. The Dr. said that nerve issues are tricky and it’s hard to know how long it’ll take.

My toe is a different story. I mentioned in my last update, that I’m thinking surgery might be the way to go, as it turns out, there comes a point of no return in dealing with a bone spur on a joint, that the best treatment is to fuse the joint together. That sounds bad. I asked a few questions at the doctor’s this time and he said that since my pain isn’t that bad, I’m not close to that point. Walking quickly and flexing it hurt. But, surgery is surgery and there are always risks.

What hurts the most is wearing high heels. I don’t wear heels very often. But, my daughter is becoming a Bat Mitzvah in one month. I’d like to wear high heels. I wore low heels a few weeks ago for an evening and my stupid toe throbbed and ached for 2 days after.

Which brought up the oddest conversation with my doctor. In discussing the pain, the next step of treatment prior to undergoing surgery is to do a steroid injection. He seems to think that it’ll lessen the arthritis inflammation in the joint and help deal with the pain, and I should get it a week before. So, I guess that’s what I will do.

I found a nice pair of silver sparkly heels to wear and as a backup plan, I bought a sparkly pair of flip flops in the same color that will come along for the day and probably get worn a lot if my toe acts stupid.

We did discuss my surgical options. He said that this type of surgery would require a couple of days off of the foot and then I’d likely be able to resume running within 4-6 weeks. I’m pretty sure this is where this is going, but for now, I can run, I can do whatever. I just can’t wear high heels. I guess it’s going to be surgery. I really want to wear cute shoes.

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