Another one for the “it’s always something” file.
[picapp align=”right” wrap=”false” link=”term=broken+foot&iid=8394353″ src=”http://view1.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/8394353/foot-cast/foot-cast.jpg?size=500&imageId=8394353″ width=”234″ height=”235″ /]I went to the podiatrist today. I wanted to get someone else to look at my toenails besides the dermatologist who is afraid of spiders. I thought she prescribed some pretty toxic stuff a little quickly. Plus, now that my chemo-induced foot weirdness has gone away (aka peripheral neuropathy), I could tell that there was a sharp pain in my left foot that was just not going to get better.
The podiatrist recommended something much less toxic for my toenails (thank you Dr. Amy!!) and also x-rayed my foot. As it turns out I have a stress fracture of the 2nd metatarsal bone , which is not uncommon in women “of a certain age.” So, I’m in a walking boot for the next four to six weeks, off all “extra” activity such as walking the dogs, hiking, yard work, etc. I can swim, but I have to be careful getting out of the pool. It looks like what I can do, though, is lift weights in my upper body and really bulk up. The walking boot already makes me look like RoboMom, so why not make the rest of me mean and threatening? A few weeks in a walking boot is small potatoes compared to chemo.
Fortunately Hank and Daniel do most of the outdoor work. The dogs aren’t going to be happy because I’m their primary walker, but someone else can walk them for the next four to six weeks, eh? Speaking of dogs, there’s a little ball-type hand pump that you use to pump air into the walking boot. It’s shiny and makes fun noises and it’s just the size of a Corgi’s mouth. Miss Q saw me use it once and it’s already her One and Only Desire. I’m gong to have to keep an eye on that thing or it’s going to “disappear” like one of Hank’s orthotics.
Because I’ve already had cancer in my bones they want to make sure I don’t have cancer in the fractured bone, so I will have an MRI of my foot. (I wonder if my foot is as claustrophobic as my head. We’ll find out.) There’s a slight possibility there’s a tumor in that bone that has caused the fracture. If there is, I’ve had good success with two other bone tumors responding well to radiation, so I’m not all that worried. The oncologist says he’s never seen bone cancer in someone’s foot before. Just watch. I’ll be the first person with foot cancer in his clinic!