The saga of my broken foot continues. The month off my feet has passed, aided by a bout of the flu that left me too ill to get out of bed for the final two weeks. I did not accomplish all of the great things I had planned to tackle during my sojourn, but am thrilled that my doctor has given me permission to lose the crutches and knee scooter, at least for now.
I wheeled in on the knee scooter for my one-month-off-the-foot check up and x-ray, and was told the discouraging news that nothing had changed. He then said that he really wants to do surgery to remove the chip but had decided to listen to the other doctors whose council he had sought and would give me some time to try healing without drastic measures. Instead of the walking boot I asked for, he recommended a new pair of special shoes. They are basically leather casts that I can take off when I go to bed, similar to those old fashioned white leather baby shoes so many of us forced our toddlers to wear back in the day. Thankfully, they don’t look like those old fashioned baby shoes!
The specialty store that my doctor recommended only carries the shoes in a medium width. Having a very narrow foot, I once made the mistake of buying a regular width shoe and allowing the shoe store to “pad” the inside to snug it up. Not only was it miserably uncomfortable, my toes bruised from sliding down to the end of the shoes. I have found that most shoe stores do not stock narrow widths. Regular and wide, yes, but not narrow.
I talked to a salesman on the phone and he did his best to encourage me to let him pad the shoes, because “most people who say their feet are narrow, really aren’t THAT narrow and can wear a regular width.” The shoes I needed were $165 a pair, and although he could order me a pair in a narrow width, it would be a full two weeks before they arrived. I needed a pair of narrow shoes now.
After thanking him I pulled out my computer. Amazon happened to have one of the two recommended styles in narrow and my less favorite style was on sale for $83 a pair. Economy won over fashion. I ordered them and they arrived in two days. As much as I like supporting small businesses, I couldn’t justify the two week delay and the huge price difference. Score one for big business. Sorry, little guy.
These special shoes do not flex. I call them my Frankenstein shoes and feel like Herman Munster clomping around in them. But, I am able to walk around my house, stand, and go up and down stairs the traditional way! I am able to cook, clean, and live my life again. My feet get very tired after I have been up and around for most of the day; I suspect it is from adjusting to the new properties of the shoe and to being back on my feet.
My doctor made it clear that I am not released to walk for exercise, and I have noticed the ankle of my broken foot feeling much weaker. Driving around the block burned like fire. When I first put on the new shoes, I felt like I was walking with a small stone in my shoe about where the chip has broken off. Now, after a week of wearing them, I no longer notice the “stone.”
Per the doctor’s orders, I am not to go barefoot. I do not need a brace for sleeping or showering, but need to get my shoes on as quickly as possible and wear them all day long.
After another month, I am to report in to the doctor and he will assess whether or not he gets to do surgery. Based on recommendations I have heard, I am in no hurry to rush down that road. I am mobile and I am confident that it IS in the process of healing.
I am also a firm believer in the power of prayer and different prayer warriors have prayed specifically for a healing touch on my foot. God has supernaturally healed my body before, as well as the bodies of other family members, and I am confident that He will do it again. The Bible says “Blessed are the feet of those who bring the Good News.” This little setback is just an occasion for my God to dazzle the doctors when He shows His stuff.