Archive for January, 2008

I can see!

Thursday’s Lasik procedure went swimmingly. I’m hoping to post an edited-down version of the blow-by-blow I posted on my other personal journal, but it’ll have to wait until my eyes have recovered further and my tolerance for staring at the computer increases. So far I can say this is one of the best decisions I ever made – to be able to go from not being able to see 10 inches in front of your own face to seeing every little detail in this beautiful city with your naked eye is truly miraculous!

Nothing to report on my Achilles Tendonitis – even after 5 days of rest and almost two weeks of only wearing super-padded New Balance running shoes, I still can’t tolerate having any pressure (i.e. any shoe other than the New Balance) on the back of my right foot. Based on the lack of improvement from ice, massage, heat, rest and Aleve, I’m beginning to think it may be Haglund’s Deformity. I made an appointment with a podiatrist in February but tomorrow will be calling around to see if someone can see me earlier.

January 21, 2008 at 4:51 pm 2 comments

Good Eye, Bad Foot

Happy New Year! Since I last posted, two things have developed in my health life, one good and one bad. The good? Thursday I’m having Lasik eye surgery. The bad? I’ve barely had time to think about the surgery because I’ve been so preoccupied with the excruciating pain when I walk caused by achilles tendonitis in my right foot. Tendonitis sucks for anyone, but is especially bad here where I depend so much on my own two feet for transportation. The GP I saw on Tuesday said that if it didn’t improve after two weeks of ice, Aleve and as much rest as possible, that he would send me to a podiatrist. He mentioned that diabetics have a propensity towards tendon problems. “Even well-controlled diabetes?” I asked, and he replied “Yes”. Bummer.

So far after 5 days of ice and rest, it’s feeling about the same, but if I understand correctly, the Achilles tendon is one of those slow-healing things, so I’m trying to be patient. I did buy a nice, squishy pair of New Balance and can walk somewhat comfortably in those (as opposed to not at all/limping in any other shoe), so my goal is to walk as little as possible and only in the New Balance from now until it heals, which I hope and pray will be in time for my 30th birthday in February. I _will_ dance on my 30th birthday, darn it!

Wish me luck with the lasers on Thursday!

January 13, 2008 at 11:38 pm 2 comments

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