Saturday, April 13, 2013
OUCH! My Left Foot!
Car doors, shovels, and my left foot
are NOT a good combination
If you ever have an altercation with a car door on the same day you have an altercation with a shovel, don't think you can just "walk it off" and that "it's no big deal," and most importantly, do NOT go to a 2 hour dance class 2 days later or you will have issues...very big, bad issues.
Time to wag my finger at myself and say: "Be kind to your body!"
On Tuesday, I really clobbered my foot on the car door...thought nothing of it-figured it was just really bruised and tender...had to take my flip flop off to drive even though my flip flop wasn’t even touching the part I hit...thought nothing of it...
When I got home, I started gardening. I had put on my garden shoes. I had totally forgotten about my foot. I started "turning" my compost. As I was stomping on the shovel, the foot that I had hit with the car door tried to remind me that it had been hurt already and didn’t want to be hurt anymore. I figured, I had hit the top of my foot on the car door, and I was using the bottom of my foot to stomp the shovel, so I couldn’t possibly be doing anything really bad to it, right? I figured it was just bruised, and I sadly pretty much ignored it, and kept on shoveling- but using the other foot to stomp on the shovel.
Well, I shouldn’t have been out there shoveling, digging, pulling, no matter what! I wasn’t listening to my body. I always tell my clients “if your body is sending out pain signals, listen!” Sadly, I wasn’t listening.
But the shovel was paying attention.
And the shovel was gonna try to teach me a lesson.It was about to beat some sense into me about listening to my body.
As I was walking back to my compost pile, with some goodies to throw into it, the shovel decided to fall over-ON MY FOOT! L OUCH!!! By the time I had finished up with the compost, the foot was REALLY painful…
Later that night, I couldn’t wear any shoes, so I shuffled around in socks and was kinda ok, until I realized that my gait was super wonky and my foot was kinda dragging. I took a closer look. No bruising, no swelling, nothing. So I just typed my paper and went to bed.
The next morning when I got up to get ready for school, my foot was not cooperating.
(In hind sight, I wasn’t cooperating! My foot was doing its best to do what I asked. But it was in pain, begging for some kindness and understanding. But I wasn’t listening to it! Dear Left Foot, I am sorry. L )
I put on a pair of shoes, thinking I should probably wear something more substantial other than my flip flops. The shoes were not a “hit” with my foot. I should have at least listened to my best judgment (since I was not listening to my body) and not put the shoes. I should have stuck with my (and my feet’s) preferred footwear-flip flops or my “super-sexy” TEVA sandals and socks.
As I walked to my car, and during my entire hour and fifteen minute drive, my foot was really uncomfortable. The top of my foot was really tender. I even took off my shoe half way through the drive to school. I just figured it was bruised. I put the shoe back on for my walk down the hill at GCC, on my way to ballet class. OUCH! Not only did the top of my foot really hurt, I had a shuffle/drag to my step. L Now, a shuffle/drag could be a good thing, if you’re a tap dancer! But I was not trying to tap dance! I was on my way to a ballet class!
I did one good thing: I took the day off from ballet class that day, and got to enjoy doing an observation/assessment/presentation instead. I really wanted to dance, but I figured, if I took the day off, my foot would be fine the next day. Sadly, as I walked back up the hill, I was having second thoughts that one day off would be enough.
That night, my foot was still wonky. But I barely noticed it since I was sitting all night typing.
The next day, I headed off to Jazz class wearing my flip flops, and didn’t really notice anything till I started the 2 block walk to class. The foot was still a little tender, but what really bothered me was my shuffle-y gait-as if my left foot was flopping/dragging along. Uh oh.
Sadly, I pretty much ignored it and figured it would feel better once it warmed up during class. About ten minutes into class, I noticed that not only was it not working, there was some swelling. I even walked up to the teacher and mentioned “I really clobbered my foot with a shovel the other day…” perhaps hoping for some “permission” to sit the rest of the class out so I wouldn’t feel like a “has-been,” lazy-ass old lady. My mention of the shovel incident was pretty much brushed off, and I felt as if I was overreacting to it too, so, like a complete asshole, I acted like an average person and ignored my body and finished class. By the time I took of my shoe, there was some really noticeable swelling.
I kept checking it out throughout the rest of the afternoon and evening, but I was still baffled. Though it was painful to touch and a bit difficult (actually, really difficult) to flex my foot, I was able to point my foot perfectly. And there still was no bruising! Bizarre! I decided to rest my foot for the remainder of the evening and take it easy the next day.
Well, yesterday was the “next day,” and I did take it easy. I only walked from my car into the bank, from my car to into Whole Foods, and then I headed off to the library. As I was getting ready to walk into the library, I knew something was really wrong...this funky pain, this floppy foot, and the creepy-crawl-y feeling when I tried to flex it had to be more than a bruise. I went right back to my car and called Kaiser. Got an 8:20 appointment...exam, xray, all the good stuff.
GOOD NEWS: I have amazing feet!!! Super strong bones-excellent bone density with excellent alignment and no signs of arthritis or degeneration- the Dr. was surprised; she said: "for a dancer and a runner, I am surprised you have such strong and healthy feet!)
BAD NEWS: Sadly, since I didn't listen to my body, and I down-played my pain, thinking it was just banged up, I've really done some damage to the tendon on the top of my foot and the surrounding tissue.
"TRAUMATIC INJURY OF FOOT." "This patient is placed off work from 4/12/13-4/27/13 and "Avoid weight bearing for 2 weeks."
GOOD NEWS: It wasn’t dancing or running related.
NOTE TO SELF: "practice what I preach and listen to my body when it is in pain!"Grrrr, I've been a bad girl and will now suffer the consequences.