Wednesday, December 1

Life at the "Pointy End".

Or, should that be, 'Nose Cone'?

Whatever term you choose to use, I dare to state~ it is NO FUN, when you are 'Mature'!!.

I have recently had to resort to consulting a Podiatrist, to try to enable walking.
It seems my skeleton has much Arthritis, and my feet are afflicted.

Unlike my friend Ali, I have not had much success, with my podiatric treatment! (Is there such a word, as 'podiatric'?? I am too lazy to look it up on Google). I must add here, I have no idea if Ali's problems are arthritic.

I consulted with an Orthopeadic Surgeon, who gave me several options for surgery, and an option to consult with a Podiatrist.
Being a coward, I chose the lesser treatment.

The Podiatrist I was given the referral for, had a very unfortunate Rottweiller (to me)  manning the telephone. After being initially barked at, and told the exact amount of money I would need to front up with,  I timidly made an appointment, which I was subsequently unable to attend, due to other pressing health matters of Gom.
I hasten to add here, that I made sure to cancel the appointment in plenty of time. A holiday occurred in the meantime, also, so I did not have actual  vocal contact with the Rottie.

In the meantime, I needed to be shod to attend our Daughter's wedding. I chose soft, suede, flat, shoes. Almost slippers, I foolishly thought, on initially trying them on. Bliss! I foolishly thought.

What an idiot I was! they proved to be so crippling, I had to hobble to the car,  since I was the driver.  
These soft shoes, they look so innocuous! So comfy, so harmless! How could they cause such agony?! How could they cripple me, and almost reduce me to tears?

This is the offending foot. I would venture to say, it is a totally useless as a foot!! Never mind Footloose! How about Footless??

To cut to the chase, I chose another Podiatrist, after encountering the Rottie once more. This encounter led me to snarl, -in Rottie~like  manner, I might add- that I would "just Limp to Hell then!" I hung up.

I phoned another Podiatrist, - this being the 'Holding Paddock' one might say... you Kiwis will understand this... -there is no shortage of Podiatrists, here in our Local area.

The lovely receptionist was polite, pleasant, and most sympathetic. Soothing, in fact! A very quick appointment was arranged. A fee, half the Rottie's  Podiatrist, was quoted. ??
What is that about??

When I met the Podiatrist, he checked my Xrays, my gait, my pain levels. My ugly foot.
He fashioned this 'toe seperator'.
We have made many family jokes about the colour.. 'labia pink' being one. Another suggests folk might ask what my Bubblegum is doing, residing in between my toes?!! Haha, because I LOATHE bubblegum!! Or, indeed, any type of chewing gum there might be!

I am not sure the toe thingy is working. I have purchased some very expensive sandals, which are made for people with multiple problems, such as myself, . I will reserve judgement, but so far, the 'cures' have created other problems, with the fitted podiatrist insoles etc.
I do find all of this very discouraging~ as well as downright painful!

I would love to "Kick this Habit"!! haha.

However, there is always the Arrogant Morty to laugh at! Here he seems to be indignant at the fact I have dared to introduce a Sunhat into the house!!
And of course, here he is just letting us know, he Rules this house! And he will damn well lie where he chooses~ never mind if it is in the direct line of traffic to the toilet! Which, age would dictate, need not be hindered!!

And here is Honey, with her newly cropped Summer coat, courtesy of our Son~ & I. She is yet to be tidied, but I am sure she appreciates the cooler crop... raggedy though it might be!

And Leo, who tries so hard to be a 'good boy'. He has no idea, what being 'good' is! He is an indiscriminate piddler, and all our attempts to teach him about the niceties of polite society, seem to fall on deaf ears. 
It is sad, as he is a very intellingent dog, and a very loyal, affectionate,  and loving dog.

I guess, like our other family members, we have to accept him as he is. Warts- er, I mean pee- and all!

We had a 'street drama' a couple of nights ago.
I heard a dog screaming in  pain, & rushed out into the street to find a large vehicle had bowled a  neighbour's dog. A very small dog, who is non-road-savvy. I was upset, but the poor driver and his passenger were distraught. As it happened, I 'know' the little dog who was hit. She is 'road foolish'. She is a tiny black Poodle.
All is well, as she is alive, and almost recovered from the drama. I went to visit her this morning, and she is very well!
 Her owners are so glad she is alive and OK. They are normally so careful, but accidents happen.
It was nice to see, there were other neighbours, who were drawn by the cries, and all were concerned to see all was well.
We do have the most wonderful neighbours.

I will just limp off to bed now! haha. 

Chris Isaak, Somebody's Crying.


persiflage said...

Oh your poor feet! It is no fun at all.
Actually I had a lot of physiotherapy and also acupuncture, and that proved immensely helpful so perhaps a combination of the physiotherapy and the podiatry might work.
Sucks to rottweilers, say I.

Joyce said...

I have foot problems too, namely a bunion. I have othopedic insoles that help. I also wear toe socks when I will be walking any distance. That's probably not an option for you given your climate. I asked about surgery but my doctor said not to do it unless I was in great pain because it's often unsuccessful. I hope your "bubblegum" works for you.

marigold jam said...

Hope the bubblegum works. Our feet have a lot to contend with and back then we didn't give them a thought did we and are now reaping the whirlwind or whatever the phrase is. I too am limited in the shoes I can wear these days but at least we can get out and about and things could be worse I dare say!

Wonder why receptionists are so often of the rottweiler persuasion - it's the same with the people behind the counter in post offices although I hasten to add the ones in this town have obviously not been to the same school and are perfectly human.


Catalyst said...

Sorry about your foot problems, Meggie. Old(er) age is a b----!

I had to laugh at the photo of Morty lying all stretched out. Our Blackwood is much the same. He will lie right in the path and never twitch when I step over him!

Also loved that Chris Isaak tune and especially the "Jerry Lee" ending! Keep that sweet smile on your face, Meggie!

Catalyst said...

Good grief! I'm getting senile. Our cat's name is Blackwell, not Blackwood! Sheeesh!!!

Sheila said...

Sorry you are in pain Meggie. Your son too. I hope he is healing.
I too have found aggressive receptionists in Dr's offices.
I find their bosses often have a likewise disposition.
As I read about your hot pavements it is snowing here, and within the last hour or so everything is white over.

Linds said...

Growing older is the pits. You will shriek with laughter at this, but I am waiting for an appointment with a podiatrist too. Give me strength. And guess what - the wait is apparently 14-16 weeks. I may have amputated the foot by then. You have my sympathy. I will post a photo of any appliance he or she attaches to my toes. In April.

quiltmom said...

Foot problems are no fun at all Meggie- I have had some foot problems that I am sure are related to an aging body, being too heavy and having joint problems from a very young age.VBSigh
I hope that the toe gadget works and that you soon have some relief from your foot ailments.
Hopefully the New year will bring you and yours many good things that include feeling healthier.
Keep sending your lovely emails- lots make me smile.
Sending you warm wishes,

Thimbleanna said...

Sorry to hear about your foot Meggie. On the plus side though, you sure have pretty toes! ;-D

I'm also glad to hear that your neighbor's dog is ok -- cars and animals just don't mix. ;-(

ancient one said...

Sorry your feet are hurting. So far mine are okay.. I go barefooted most of the time inside my home and flip flops outside. Flats and tennis shoes are my going out shoes. I'm so boring. I do hope your feet feel better soon.

Selina Kingston said...

Oh, I am sorry about your feet. I wore some ridiculously high shoes at the weekend and my feet are still hurting a bit from them. To have that sort of discomfort all the time would be quite unbearable so I feel for you.
And glad you snapped back at that receptionist - why are so many of them soooo rude !

Ali Honey said...

Sorry to hear you too have foot pain. Mine I am very glad to say is gone. I am back to normal; pain free. I am wearing insoles in my working/ walking shoes that are raising the arches and a much lesser weight insole with a part cut out in all my other shoes or sandals; that I move each time I change to diffrent shoes.
I went for my follow up this morning and don't need to go back for 2 years unless I have more pain.
My podiatrist and her receptionist were both very barking allowed!

Thanks for your email. Yes I could see what you could see, especially in the bottom photo. That was a totally wierd thing to do wasn't it?

Happy feet soon!

Pauline said...

Poor feet - they do take a beating over a lifetime. Hope you find some relief!

Warty Mammal said...

You poor dear!

By the way - I've decided that shopping for eyeglass frames is ALMOST as loathesome and shopping for brassieres.

Anonymous said...

Labia pink,eh. Hmm. As a Pisces I must take scrupulous care of my feet. It seems to go with the sign, even though I don't grant much credence to astrology.

That is a lovely photo of you with your profile.

Anonymous said...

Oh dear, ouchies and hugs. Feet can be such demented things :(

The Sagittarian said...

I live in fear of something going wrong with my southern appendages, I adore shoes and have a vast collection that would certainly be missed if I was no longer able to wear them. I hope you're 'back on yer feet' soon, gal!

Nadine said...

Hellooooo, dear Meggie ! ;>)
THANKS a bunch for your lovely comments on my new blog. i'm soo happy getting back in touch with you : due to serious computer issues, I had lost most of my contacts. Now that I found you back, I won't loose you! HEeHee...

Oh dear, I just know how you're feeling about your feet pains & problems! Actually, I'm experiencing the same problems, and have seen quite a few podiatrists (some of them being more interested in my money, than anything else). Now I'm only happy barefeet, which is quite easy at home - don't mention any outing or so, especially now that the weather is so snowy and humid here...
Well, patience, patience... we don't need our toes to keep sewing, right ? ;>)

Keeping you in my thoughts, I'll be back very soon...
Big firndly (((HUGS)))

("The Barefoot Contessa" LOL LOL)

PS : hope your dear GOM is feeling better ? Sending my best wishes too...

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I forgive myself
As I forgive myself. I leave behind all feelings of not being good enough, and I am free to love myself.