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Comment : Re: Re: Re: In the "middle" of the tri-mal journey
Posted by Annie on Sat 11:35am 12 August 2006
Hi again Kathryn!
I've been meaning to write to you but we were thick in the middle of our addition project trying to get through the framing and roofing, so free time has been non-existent. I have a moment so thought I would write. First off, as for the pain in your heel, I am wondering if that is a common result of non-wb and the loss of our callus. I have heard many people say they ended up with that. I know I did. It felt like I was walking bone to hard surface when I started trying to walk bare-footed. It is better now, though not as good as before the break. Something I did was to roll a tennis ball under my foot like when I was watching TV, exercising all the connective tissue under my foot, and de-sensitizing it as well. I will still do that when my foot is achy and tight. It really helps. I wish I could tell you that at 19 months post-break, all my achiness is gone, but I'm beginning to think there will always be a certain amount. Sometimes it is virtually gone, others, it is quite noticable. The thing that really bugs me, is it does not always have a rhyme or reason as to why it is present. I just deal with it. For the last month I have just been hammering my foot on this project, and sometimes it feels just fine, and at others, it really aches. For the most part though, I can tell you Kathryn that it does not stop me from doing what I want or need to. I am a VERY active person and I am able to just work through or around it. You will return, for the most part, to your pre-break self. I know it seems like an eternity to you now, but you are only about 8 months out. It will continue to get better and better. I think all the walking on uneven surfaces, etc., is excellent. You will gain so much mobility from that. When I started hiking my hills, etc., I improved by leaps and bounds. As for the HW removal issue, I am glad I had mine out. On certain rotations my soft tissue would catch on an edge of my screws and that was none too pleasant. I have none of that now, and I also don't have that deep bone ache when the weather is really cold. I do still have some stiffness on rotation and I'm not really sure whether that is from scar tissue or what. It's nothing that slows me down though. Whether or not to get your HW removed is a very personal decision. I thought about it long and hard (for me it was another surgery), but I am glad I made the decision. Anyway, if you have any more questions, shoot them my way, I'll try to get back to you. We're almost done with the roof so the pace will slow down a bunch. YEA!!! Take care, Annie