Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Given the Boot


Yes, I have been booted now, which is a definite improvement over the crutches and Ace bandage. I taught today -- up and down to the third floor a couple of times -- so my foot was quite swollen by the time I got to the orthopedist. Crutches are painful! It was easier to limp up the stairs. But he looked at the x-rays and said very bad sprain, torn ligaments (insert Marge Simpson noise, which is what the doctor did as he pointed at all my bruises), calcium deposits from previous injuries to the ankle and, yes, it's true! A heel spur and plantar fasciitis, but only coincidentally.

So, I have the boot for walking around, I'm back to elevating and icing (or will be in a minute or so), and will be starting physical therapy to begin the healing process so I won't be lame for ever. It's a relief to know what is wrong instead of guessing, but it's still painful (and inconvenient). On the plus side, my students and colleagues were very helpful to me today and I have already Sanrio-fied the boot (well, duh!), Hello Kitty on the left and Badtz-Maru on the right.

6 comments:

Cranky Yankee said...

Better a boot on your foot than on your car tire...

Get better soon and milk the sympathy for all it's worth!
:-)

Chuckie58 said...

Do I win a prize for being right?

I should be a doctor. Especially if I can work where four days for a diagnosis is fine. *grrr*

Well, I'm happy to see you're on the boot, and yes crutches are wretched, but man they'll make your healing process a lot quicker. At least people don't roll their eyes at you when you're on crutches, like they do with me. (And my friends wonder why I tend to downplay injuries as much as possible...)

K. A. Laity said...

Cranky,

You bet I am milking it for all the sympathy I can get ;-)

Chuckie,

Yeah, ain't American health care a scream? My shoulders are stiff from using the crutches all day yesterday (that's right, I have no upper arm strength!), so I'm really happy that I can use the boot without crutches.

You need more sympathetic friends, Chuck. Or um, fewer injuries...? ;-)

Gene K. said...

Chuckie:

I hear that drinking real beer both reduces the possibility of injuries and increases compassion in friends...

Wendy said...

Hear, hear! Drinking lots of beer will cushion any and all falls.

Doesn't your building have an elevator?

K. A. Laity said...

Mmmm, beer!

Well, Wendy, there's no elevator at home -- or did you mean on campus. Yes, there is one small elevator in the building where I teach, at the opposite end. So I had to hobble down to the far end, up the longest ramp, in through a tiny door with no handicap button, and then hop all the way back to the other end of the building (this is two buildings that have been joined together). It was easier to take the stairs.

I have *no* upper arm strength! My shoulders were so stiff yesterday from using the crutches.