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My Left Foot

And my right one, too, for that matter -- both of them generally suck. Because of that toe problem, I'm trying out wearing sandals all the time, and honestly? I don't just collect socks because they're nifty, I have a HARD time finding shoes I can wear without socks, and I will NOT wear socks with sandals (I haven't gotten THAT old). But with three new pairs of sandals have put blisters in a number of places, including a really nasty deep blister caused by foolishly wearing brand-new Birkenstocks on a two-mile walk the first time I wore them. This because I remembered the awesomeness of Birks from my college years, and I haven't had a walking pair in a long time, and they were SO COMFY when I put them on, I forgot about the breaking-in period.

So, Birkenstocks and the "Shape-Ups" Skechers seem to be the only shoes I can now wear that provide enough support to keep the ball of my foot from hurting, and some of the swelling on the toe seems to have gone down, which has led me to wonder about the "hammer toe" thing, because it doesn't look like or act like any of the symptoms I've seen online, and I suppose I should ask my doctor if she can recommend a good podiatrist so I can have it properly diagnosed and see if there's actually anything more I can do about it other than splints while I'm sitting down and open-toed, wide shoes when I'm walking on them.

And the bunions I had removed are coming right back again; hell, the right foot already looks almost like it did when I had the surgery.

It's been a busy week; I took off early on Monday so we could sign the paperwork for the house refinance, and it took far longer than I thought it would, so I forgot to get to the post office to mail Mom her Mother's Day present, and then I didn't have a chance to read email or LJ because Barb and I decided to celebrate by going out to see Iron Man 3. TOTALLY ROCKS. And really worth sitting through the credits for the final scene.

Then came home to find out the cooling coil in the truck is leaking into the cab -- last time this happened, it cost a LOT in labor because they have to remove the engine to access the coil (and that may have been with my old truck, which means about 20 years or more, which means it's no doubt far MORE expensive than it was then). So we got her home and she's tucked up in her old spot, when and if I can afford to fix her. I suppose this would have happened anyway, eventually, but there was a reason I bought a new car and put her out to pasture.

So I never got a chance to so much as look at my email or LJ or anything, so I spent all of Tuesday catching up on THAT. And am only just now getting to THIS, and watching my shows from the last three days. ARGH.

Work is making me tense, although I will say it's none of the people I actually share an office with -- it's members of our "virtual" team in Atlanta and Dallas who are making me tense. The people who are here actually respect my experience and want my suggestions, instead of doing something which is actively harmful to our business partners while at the same time calling it "remarkable customer service." (Filled with annoyance regarding corporate thinking.) I had to take several deep breaths several times today.

Tense. I am tense, and tired, and I tore the fingernail of my pinky too close and now it's infected and hurts, especially since it's the pinky I use to press the shift key.

There is some good: we finally finished making the grape arbor in the back, and bought some more plants, and generally had a pretty great day on Saturday.


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May. 9th, 2013 04:09 am (UTC)
obviously without seeing your foot and/or x-rays, I can't tell you much but it sure doesn't sound like a hammer toe. A hammer toe is a boney deformity where the toe joints are contracted. Bunions can definitely come back especially if the underlying cause isn't addressed (i.e. the muscle imbalance which means orthotics and a much sturdier shoe than a sandal). If it is a hammer toe the only real cure is surgery.

I'm glad Iron Man was fun. I need to see it yet

Edited at 2013-05-09 04:11 am (UTC)
May. 9th, 2013 11:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's why I should really see a podiatrist. But I will say it's still very flexible, if it is.

It is fun. Almost as good as #1, and much better than #2.
May. 9th, 2013 03:11 pm (UTC)
well that's good. I agree, that is what you should do

good to know. I didn't much care for #2
May. 9th, 2013 04:11 am (UTC)
If you lived up this way, you wouldn't have any problems wearing sandals and socks. It's kind of a thing here:

May. 10th, 2013 01:08 am (UTC)
Hee. It looks good there, but it would look odd here...

I can never figure out women who wear so many different shoes without SOMETHING else on -- I can never find any "dress" shoes I could wear without at least hose or something.
May. 9th, 2013 12:37 pm (UTC)
Ack for foot and work woes! Hope for better days for you. [hugs]
May. 10th, 2013 01:05 am (UTC)
Hugs! "We persevere"!
May. 11th, 2013 01:46 am (UTC)
I'm way behind in my commenting, but I wanted to say I hope work is looking up. And I'd heard that bunions often come back, and I'm really sorry yours decided to behave typically.
May. 11th, 2013 02:09 am (UTC)
I probably should have been smart and started wearing orthotics immediately, but losing my bunions meant I could wear Pretty Shoes for the first time ever, so I did... (and a lot of other Cool Shoes I never got when I was younger).

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