For the past few weeks, since the snow stopped and the weather warmed above freezing, I've been getting out for a daily walk. When Fall transitioned to Winter, I was walking a few days a week at a similar length. I stopped walking daily because my one foot/heel/ankle would get sore after walking. During the winter, this discomfort has become painful at times, while annoying at others. BUT, this past week, the discomfort has crossed the line to pain.
Yesterday was spent finishing up items needed for my daughter's junior prom. This involved walking, traveling, and more walking. Once home, my foot and ankle were throbbing. At one point, while at the mall, something happened and the pain stopped me. I hid it from my family (or so I thought) and continued our fun day. We stopped at my parents on our way home, to show them the great deals to compliment the dress. Somehow, my dear husband let it slip to my parents about my foot pain. He even mentioned the incident at the mall, guess I wasn't as sly as I thought.
With a promise to visit the doctor this week, my parents released me into the care of their son-in-law. Once a parent, always a parent. I felt like a high schooler again, "Lisa, you need to call the doctor, blah blah, blah..." and more loving encouragement and guidance. All kidding aside, I'm glad my husband and parents love me enough to nag and make sure I do what's right for me. I haven't wanted to miss school and was hoping it would subside and I could have it checked in July after school was out.
BUT...this is not the case. If the doctor was open on Sunday, I'd be there today, but since it's not, I'll wait and call in the morning. Dr. Dad, Dr. Mom, and Dr. Ed, gave their probably diagnosis. Their thoughts are the same as my friend, Dr. Lisa, who I entrusted this information to a few weeks ago. I looked it up and I'm happy there are many steps before they tell me "stop walking" or toss me on crutches or something. Part of this foot annoyance makes me laugh. I've nagged a certain loved one for months about getting to the doctor and doing what the doctor told her yet never mentioned my foot to my doctor and now it's much worse. Hmm...genetics...or as some would say, "If you plant corn, you get corn."
I'll admit, I haven't had the foot checked because I'm afraid of what the doctor might say or worse yet, that he would dare take me out of work. But the time has come for medical direction and diagnosis so nothing worse happens and if my family and friend diagnosis are correct, there are many steps I can do from home that require no surgery or missed work time. Praying it's a healing course of specific foot exercises and rest after I get home from work. I don't want to miss my daily 5k walk, and the visiting with my aunt, but it's time to deal with this. Annoyance has upped it's game to pain, so hi ho, hi ho, it's off to the doctor I go.
I'll keep you posted on the foot - for today, as much as I really want to walk at least one mile, it's not happening. If you think of it, keep my foot/ankle in prayer for complete healing and wisdom for the doctor. Ed might want you to pray I listen and obey but he's not writing the blog so he can't ask. Thanks for following the blog. I don't normally share the bumps and bruises here but just in case you needed a chuckle (because I'm too stubborn and haven't made it to the doctor), or you want to shake your finger at me to "take care of yourself girl" (as some loved ones have in the past couple days). Either way, here I am...sore foot and all. Hope you had a wonderful and relaxing weekend, with some time outdoors to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather before the rain moves through.
Have you ever let fear keep you from going to the doctors?
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323