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So I Went to the Orthopedist Today ...

... about the plantar fasciitis in my left foot. And he basically said "Well, our Round 1 therapies haven't been effective, so I have several possible things you could do for Round 2." And in the interest of efficicacy and time-saving, I opted to ...

... have a cortisone injection directly into the heel of my foot.

Really, the song and dance he made about this was amazing. He must have some patients with very sensitive feet and low threshholds of pain. The idea of it was nasty, but even though it hurt quite a lot, it was over in about 30 seconds. I just deep-breathed my way through it (which freaked him out a bit).

Anyway, it's still a bit achy, but he said it should improve rapidly. And I'm also supposed to see about physical therapy twice a week for 4 weeks or so.

Now if this stupid cough I picked up in Cophenhagen would just go away! It seems to be fading, but it's slow.



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Jul. 9th, 2008 05:04 am (UTC)
Did he squirt you with freeze spray and then stick a really long needle into your heel? That's what they did to my grandmother when she had steroid shots in her knee and shoulder. It worked in literally 5 minutes or less. Before the shot he had her lift her arms and she couldn't raise it above her shoulder level. Just a few minutes after the shot and whee up the arms both went above her head!!! I hope the shot worked for you. The deep breathing freaked the doctor out!?? What did he expect you to scream bloody murder in his ear for 30 seconds???
Jul. 10th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)

Freeze spray? Hell, no! Macho Cho needs no stinkin' freeze spray! Also, he didn't offer me any ... .


It's still a mite sore and swollen-feeling. I'll have to set up those PT appointments. We'll see how it feels tomorrow - I had to stand on it a lot today, and that's what's really been killing it.

I think he was afraid I was hyperventilating and was therefore going to faint on him! But I get stubborn a lot of the time. The information that everyone else was terribly freaked out by the pain was enough to make me detemined not to be.

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Jul. 10th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)

Heh, my hormone situation is so mixed up already with the Tamoxifen, I don't want to imagine what could happen ... . The tissues down there are still a little sore. I probably need to do the PT thing too.

Jul. 9th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
I had to get a shot in my knee joint; it hurt, like you said, but the idea of it was squickier than the actual pain.

I hope it helps a ton!
Jul. 10th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)

Yeah, the concept was revolting to think about ... I mean, one of the main reasons the Young Lady was delivered by natural childbirth was that the whole idea of an epidural (you're going to stick a needle in my spine???) freaked me out so much.

We'll see about the results - it still feels a little tender and swollen right now.

Jul. 10th, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
Heh, you know, between the decade-plus of allergy shots, regular blood donation back when I was unmodded, and the piercings and tattoos, I'm not exactly the most needle-phobic person out there...but the thought of getting jabbed right into the middle of the heel still makes me cringe. ;) Hope it helps! (And if only we were the same size, I'd insist on you trying on my MBT sandals...I've seen enough raves about them from folks with PF that it really couldn't hurt to just swing by Comfort One some day and give them a test drive.)

So, did the fabulous new appliances go in today as planned? Cooking anything fun to celebrate? :)
Jul. 10th, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)

I'm still a little freaked out by getting novocaine at the dentist! But really, the cortisone shot seemed the fastest way to break the inflammation cycle, so there was no point in letting the squirminess win.

They had a hideous pair of big white MBT sandals on sale at Comfort One today (they're having a clearance), but I think they may have even been too big. And white sandals ... - man, with me that would just be asking for trouble.

They did indeed arrive! But I got home late - a torrential rainstorm that probably missed NoVA entirely (I saw it on the weather radar at work before I left - it was skimming the north corner of DC) hit just as I got to Takoma station, and I stood around waiting for it to let up (no umbrella, which was really stupid of me). So by the time I got home, I just threw together a pretty half-assed stir-fry - really, just onions and briefly-marinated beef (did you see the Post Food section article that said that time doesn't really make much of a difference to marinating?). But we also had noodles - that was the one thing I couldn't really do well with no stove - and steamed green beans, and at one point I had all four burners going! (I was boiling water to reconstitute the broth concentrate I use when I make stir-fry.)

Now I have to experiment with loading the dishwasher. The Mr. had to re-do a bit of the plumbing, which seemed to give him the weirdest mixture of triumph and exasperation!

Jul. 10th, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)
Heh, I'm generally OK at the dentist, but I hate the dental-novocaine too -- gums are just such sensitive things, and the tissue there is already drawn so tight over bone and teeth that shooting 'em up with liquid just adds such an unpleasant sense of pressure to it all.

And I bet those were the white version of my faithful black sandals -- the icky white and pastel blue are some of the older selections and I think they're discontinuing 'em in favor of new ranges coming out later this year. Fit in this line can be a little funky, though, so it's really worth it to try them on in the store to figure out what size to take, then you can always go mail-order for something cheaper and/or a better color. (I paid the Convenience Tax to just be able to walk out of the store in the black ones last year 'cause I needed new sandals that badly, but my chocolate-brown pair I mail-ordered because CO didn't have that color yet...)

Didn't see the article -- do you have a link handy? I'm a little dubious, that runs counter to my own experiences marinating and brining...

Speaking of cooking, do you follow the Fumi Yoshinaga comm at all? The new Antique Bakery anime (where, unlike the drama, Ono is still gay!) has just started running in Japan, they've already got fansubs up for the first episode...
Jul. 10th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)

Post article: The Myth About Marinades (June 11, 2008) I would've thought time made a difference too, but check it out.

No, I haven't been ... you know, the more active comms really soak my flist. I guess I ought to subscribe to it, at least - or do they have the goodies out in the open, like Saiyuki comm or Love_deeper?

Jul. 10th, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
Hrm, I have to say, I'm still not totally buying it. Mind you, the marinades I use most often are not the acidic sort, they're deeply salty ones (often with a shoyu base), so it's sort of halfway between marinading and brining; I'm marinating more for flavor rather than tenderness, and I'm using it on everything from plain cuts of meat to more processed stuff like Spam to blocks of tofu; and I can *see* that longer soak times gives you more penetration of the marinade, because if you slice the stuff up the color change from the shoyu goes deeper...

fumi_yoshinaga doesn't seem to be super high-traffic -- there's been a little flurry of activity this week due to the anime but usually it seems more quiet, and most of the posts (including the one with all the download links) seem to be unlocked. I'm only halfway through the episode but so far I'm liking it -- the seiyuu all have nice voices and the character design and soft color scheme are all pretty faithful to the originals. My only quibble so far is occasionally they have some 3-D-ish background shots that look a little jarring against the flatter 2-D of the characters...
Jul. 12th, 2008 02:49 am (UTC)

Yes, I think I've noticed the same thing with a soy marinade for chicken or pork.

Jul. 12th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
And there's a second Antique episode up now! I'm really liking all of the seiyuu -- Tachibana I was expecting to sound a wee bit gruffer, like Sanzo, but this fellow works quite nicely. And I'm very, very pleased with the fellow playing Ono -- they didn't try to femme him up, he's got a perfectly pleasant, masculine voice (although he does seem a bit more polite than the other guys -- boku instead of ore), and it shifts in a delightfully subtle way when he's going on the prowl.
Jul. 14th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)

Arrrgh, so much stuffs to experience, so little time! Akamine Kamijyo (SDK) abruptly ended her steampunk-ish Silvery Crow series, but her new one, Code Breaker, is coming out of the gate strongly. And I've only read the first issue's scanlation thus far!

I seem to recall that Hakkai is the only guy in the ikkou to use boku. That would an interest tidbit to track for the SDK guys too. Akira is very poliet until he gets POed, but I don't know if he's polite enough to be using boku. I imagine Yukimura does!

Jul. 14th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
Heh, now I *almost* want to go back and check a few random episodes of the SDK anime, just to see what leaps out at me. Kyo's a total ore-sama sort, I bet! XD

Yeah, Hakkai's the only boku-type in the Sanzo-ikkou, all the rest of the boys use ore most of the time, and Gojyo when he's in a particularly smirky mode uses ore-sama a fair bit -- I was just giggling over that when I had a few episodes playing on my laptop while I crocheted afghan squares the other night. Sanzo supposedly uses the formal watashi when he talks to the Floating Heads, so he *can* be polite once in a while...

And did you see the F_Y comm has scanlations of one of her new manga series, too? I'm still dying to see Ooku, but Kinou Nani Tabeta sounds like her most classic sort of delightful fluff: "This is story about a gay couple trying to live a normal life and sharing hearty dinners." *hearts*

I know what you mean about drowning in stuff. I *finally* finished Gravi, still haven't started on the accumulated Loveless or SDK backlog, let alone any of the other random series I have early taster volumes piled up for...and kispexi2 just sent me all the Firefly/Serenity DVDs, so my viewing is further backlogged too! (More fodder for a movie night!)
Jul. 15th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)

Awww, I so bad want you to be able to read some of my SDK fic ... > puppy-dog-eyes *you* <


And vol. 29 of SDK is out ... I ordered it on Amazon because Borders didn't seem to be getting to it. And now I have to wait until next Monday!

Yes, Kyo is definitely an ore-sama type. In fact, at one point he makes a statement that "I am myself - nothing more and nothing less!" - and it comes out very poetically, with ore-sama as part of it.

No, really poking around the F-Y comm is one of the things I haven't been able to do! The normal-life-and-hearty-dinners one sounds very cute.

Jul. 16th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
Well, part of why I haven't picked up the backlog there is that there were a bunch of volumes NOBODY had locally -- I filled up most of the remaining volumes by hitting a bunch of different stores with the manga sale Borders is having all month, but I wound up having to order 16 and 28 since nobody convenient had them on the shelves. So I've been putting that off in favor of finishing shorter series, since I'd just have ground to a halt when I hit the missing 16 anyway...this way I can go through them all at once instead of having to pick stuff up and put it back down.

And I still haven't read the KNT scanlations, even though the file is sitting right *here* -- but I'm sure I'll enjoy it. She really has a gift for taking the lightest, airiest fluff and making me absolutely adore it.

Speaking of Fumi Yoshinaga and scouring DC-area stores for hard-to-find volumes -- remember all the trouble I had getting Vol. 2 of Antique Bakery? I was deeply, deeply amused on a recent expedition to Dupont to find that Lambda Rising now has a fairly extensive selection of yaoi manga, including what might be the last copy of AB#2 on local shelves! And unlike the more general bookstores, they don't feel the need to shrink-wrap stuff as tame as the last volume of FAKE... ;) (Although I must say I had a somewhat eyebrow-raising moment in my last Borders visit -- I was a little surprised to find they had an English version of some of Asia Watanabe's short stories. I don't know if you've seen her stuff on Y_D or not, but let's just say that where that last love scene in FAKE is all blocked discreetly enough that you could show it in prime time, Watanabe is full of explicit kink, visible naughty bits, and nary a censor-bar in sight! Finding that open for paging through while much tamer material was wrapped up like it was radioactive was definitely a moment of cognitive dissonance...)
Jul. 16th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)

Eeek! I wish you had let me know you were having trouble finding them - I could have kept an eye out at the Silver Spring Borders.

(You can read "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" once they get out of the forest and are recovering at the inn.)

Hee, maybe we should go shopping at Dupont Circle sometime.

The FAKE final scene was sneaky - if you had some idea what was likely to be going on, it was pretty clear ... .

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