This is probably not great news but I kinda think it is!
About 10 years ago, some will remember this story. Vince wasn’t using his Cpap yet and he was snoring horribly. One night, I got up and went to one of the other bedrooms. In one room, we had an antique, very high bed and I liked that mattress better than the other one so I went to that bed. When I wake up in the mornings, I hop out of bed, full speed, and get started. I forgot that (1) the bed was really high and (2) it had wide wooden rails. When I swung my foot over the bed at 90 mph, I hit that wooden rail, instead of the floor, and it hurt like heck. Within a few minutes, the side of my right foot was swollen and turning blue. We had a garden and the green beans needed to be picked. I grabbed my rain boots because they were bigger than my garden boots and I figured I could slip them on easier over my swollen foot. I shook out my boots and put them on. The boots had a soft lining so the black widow spider that was in there was able to hang on and stay in the boot.
I hobbled out to the garden and started picking beans but something kept stinging my toe. I thought it was a piece of a straw or something but finally took the boot off and there it was . . the black widow spider. I had always thought their sting was deadly so I hurried back to the house. Somehow, I managed to save the spider and take it to the ER. Off to the ER we went. They were hardly concerned about the spider bite but were more concerned about the swollen, bruised foot.
It ended up it was a very tiny fracture. It was the weekend so they wrapped it, told me to stay off it and see my doctor and probably an orthopedic doctor the next week. By Monday or Tuesday, the swelling had gone down some, my doctor told me to keep it wrapped stay off it and let’s see how it was doing in two weeks. That was probably a mistake, and though it didn’t require further medical intervention, I’ve had trouble with it since then.
With all the canning I’ve been doing on the concrete downstairs garage floor, the foot has been getting worse. This morning, just before lunch, I kinda stepped wrong going up the stairs and ouch . . it was almost immediately swollen again and very sore to the touch so we went to the doctor. I like our new doctor! He feels like it’s a “stress fracture” and said a regular x-ray would likely not show it but an MRI would. I asked . . if it is a stress fracture, what would we do about it? He said “stay completely off it for 3 – 4 weeks, use compression and ice and then wear a boot for a few weeks.” He also said that even if it isn’t a stress fracture, it’s inflamed and I need to stay off it 3 – 4 weeks so I said “How about I stay off it for 3 – 4 weeks, use ice and then see how it’s doing rather than pay for an MRI now?” The treatment sounds about the same whether I got the MRI or not . . at least initially. He agreed but said STAY OFF IT! He acted like he had a remote in his hand and said “Sit with the foot elevated, with ice and watch Netflix!” His nurse knows I can and do all the things I do so he admonished me . . no canning, no cooking, no gardening. I will have to continue to take Oscar out and I will water what’s left in the garden. I will put all the canning on hold.
I’m sure I’ll do some cooking but I’ll definitely be staying off my foot much more than I have been and that means more cross stitching time.
We stopped and ate Thai food on the way home, which I always love. I had already cooked the BBQ chicken that was supposed to be for yesterday, and then today and now we’ll have that tomorrow. Chad, Nicole and Addie are coming here to spend the night. We had planned to grill burgers but I called to tell them that we’ll pick up pizza instead and Chad told me he had forgotten it’s Nicole’s cousin’s child’s birthday party so they won’t be here til around 5 so they’ll just eat before they get here.
Here’s a time when having food in jars will be a huge blessing. We have plenty to heat and eat.
The best news . . I can’t go to town with Vince because I can’t walk! How’s that for making lemonade out of lemons? 🙂