I was fitted with my new ankle brace yesterday. It actually goes inside my sneaker.
I won’t be wearing fancy shoes or sandals with it, but I haven’t been able to do that for ten years anyway.
With My Shoe Off:
You learn to do what you have to do. And for me to be mobile right now, it was going to either be the heavy walking boot or this brace.
I hope Medicare will pay some of the cost because this custom brace was $1400.
The photos are a little blurry because I took them from just a few feet away.
With My Shoe On:
So far so good. My doctor told me to wear it in 3-hour increments in order to become accustomed to it. He said he thought this brace was our best bet. At least for now.
My ankle is protected (I hope anyway) from further injury, and I will be more mobile. The brace doesn’t weigh much so this will also help my hip pain problem.
Never ever take walking for granted. It was exhilarating for me just to walk normally without the heavy boot.
I’ve been noticing a lot of baby squirrels lately. Two little squirrels in about two days have run in front of my car and I’ve had to quickly hit my brakes.
I sure don’t want to kill a baby squirrel. Their parents need to teach them about cars and crossing the road.
A Sweet & Cherished Gift:
Sweet reader Laura sent me a gift. And I received it yesterday.
She had an Etsy shop make it.
Laura said the blue ribbon the kitty angel is hanging from represents Gracie’s pretty blue eyes. And it even has her ginger markings. She thought of everything.
This poem came with it:
How kind of her to do this for me. Thank you, Laura. This is an incredibly beautiful and heartfelt gift and I will cherish it always.
Ivy’s New Habit:
Ivy has started carrying around the pads from my walking boot.
I’ve seen her put one in the bathtub. Oftentimes one is right beside her.
I wonder if she’s carrying them around because they have my scent on them? Usually she just carries around the red and white curtain ties.
Ivy is seeking more and more of my attention. And I’m putting everything aside to give it to her.
Sometimes she sits just behind my chair where I can see her and meows at me. I see what I believe is confusion and sadness in her eyes.
Ivy’s eyes have always been very expressive.
Someone asked to see my patio again. Here are a couple of photos.
I paid one of the maintenance men to haul off the white trunk after I took the garden things out of it. It was kind of an eyesore.
The front office sent an email out asking that non-patio or garden items be taken off resident patios.
I’ve decided to pay the maintenance men if they agree to do things for me that are not directly apartment-related. Like heavy lifting or hauling off an old trunk. And also putting furniture together.
I will schedule maintenance issues through the office as is required.
These guys are great. I know all their life circumstances. They need this money for their families. A little extra always comes in handy.
Since I’ve decided not to lift or move things that are too heavy anymore, I promised myself I have to want it bad enough to pay to have it done. That will keep me from rashly doing things without giving it great thought.
Overdoing It & Later Paying For It:
I’ve overdone it for years. Doing things I had no business doing by myself. And I’m now paying a price for that.
Six painful months in that walking boot has finally knocked some sense into me.
The pain was driving up my blood pressure despite two blood pressure medications.
Then a few weeks ago when I had my bi-annual tests and office visit, my doctor sent me a message: Blood sugars are trending up and renal function has gone down.
I’d never had the renal function part mentioned in any test I’ve had done before.
I know next to nothing about this. But I began reading what I could find on the relationship between high blood pressure, blood sugar, and renal function.
This article explains how high blood pressure affects kidney function.
So I knew I had to take measures to get things under control. Like pain level. Being more careful about what I eat, etc.