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Heel Spurs and Micro Tears and More oh My! Update #2 plus the unthinkable

Iriebabel

Iriebabel & the cyborg turtle
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April (2018)
Camino Del Norte 26 March 2019

Update number 2 as promised. Today, a day like no other I had a follow up with the Podiatrist. Early to bed , early to rise no breakfast in sight and forced to open my eyes ....at 5am. I hurried got dressed out the door a little after 6am for the long drive into the city. I caught the sunrise 52561 I arrived early beating the early morning traffic... see momma didn’t raise a fool 😉 because I actually got a parking space in the parking garage and on the ground floor, at that! Yes I know, I was feeling quite special 😜. I walked across to the famaliar red building and took the too familiar long walk to the main floor of the main building.

This time I was not on crutches though...I’m feeling tall in my new HOKA One Tor ultra Hi’s That’s right..looking so good..I got stopped by a doctor then by a nurse “hey what are you wearing? I’ve been looking for some comfortable walking shoes. I’m on my feet all day what are those?”. I proudly replied “these are my new Hoka’s it’s like walking on a cloud with this heel spur of mine. Hahaha. I swear I was being punked or I was on a television commercial where someone asks what are you wearing then the the person replies “im wearing blah blah jeans”. But I was indeed proud of my progress. Here I was walking without crutches and with limited pain for the first time in 8 months since my last camino.

I was early so I went up to the second floor to hunt down some coffee but sadly it was closed. So hopping on the elevator again wouldn’t you know the elevator would not move...yup broken. ...de ja vous. The 5 of us waiting, stepped off then waited for another to come . The door of the other elevator opened and two wheelchairs were facing backwards.. 2 of the 5 got of us hstepped on and the remaining 3 of us (females) remained outside. Why you ask? Well since you asked I’ll tell you. One of the wheelchairs spoke...it said “come on in we have enough room and if we don’t you can sit on my lap”😳😱🤯. Yes I could not believe it myself. The 3 of us let the door close and I turned to the young girl wearing medical scrubs and I said to her that was un called for I hope you never stand for that”. And with that we each shared thoughts of what happened and instances of this type of rude behavior. It’s not every one but the few make it bad for the many....and if his mother wouldn’t like it neither would I.

Anyway I decided to forgo the coffee even though I need the jolt of caffeine after getting out of my bed so early and I went to the waiting room. I am still early so I sat turned up my headphones and the latest James Patterson Murder Club Mystery. 5 minutes later the receptionist came and gathered all the names of those of us waiting and a few minutes after that they called my name.

Ok so I was in ignorant bliss...get in and out right? Hmmm totally wrong as I was informed I am getting #2 of 3 PRP (Platlet Rich Plasma) Therapy Injection. Yes! 🤯. WHAAAT!!! WHO!!!! WHEN!!!! No one told me. I was never told I was getting 3 procedures I’m not ready. As if I needed to prepare. I have 3 weeks to the camino 🥺😬. She, the doctor, said don’t worry you will make it. I was confused I thought she said I was getting injected again today? 😳. so after a momentary lapse she explainded after she performed her assesment. I was feeling about 80% better and less pain. so its possible I won’t need the 3rd procedure...yeah right! 🤨. Any way...she rolled in the centrifuge and the needles...we signed the consent and off we went AGAIN! 🤐. Again, draw the blood...Spirt goes the blood from my vein into the tube then more onto the floor. I have a very giving left arm.😂 this made her happy.

Some topical spray then Lidocaine into the nerve at my ankle bone, once again it did not travel down to my heel so it’s 3-4-5 sticks later ...yes I felt that...then complete nothing..I felt nothing... centerfuge runs 5 minutes ...that’s forever... plasma inserted...4-5 more needle sticks but I feel nothing folks yup she is full once more. “that’s a lot of fluid” she said and I Laugh because I had a flashback. Somehow the story seems the same but it’s a different doctor with a new student trainee. Yes it’s the same foot unfortunately or fortunately depending on how you look at things . 3rd injection scheduled 11 March., just 10 days before leaving for Spain I’m starting to think this is a test of will. who will win...well ME of course😁! but wait it’s not over.

She then introduced me to the walking boot. (My pretty Hoka’s On there left ignore the ugly boot on the right) 52563
No more crutches but instructions to continue Physio therapy, no Ice, no NSAIDS no pain relievers. But how was I to drive home, it is my right foot and 1 hr to home? good question. She stretched my sock over the compression bandage then fitted the walking boot . She called for wheel chair transport, yes I got smart I was not going to push myself this time in the giant wheelchair. It was easy peasy getting back to the parking garage this time... and when I got to the car I took the boot off and drove home with a numb foot and in my sock being careful not to place my heel on the ground. Not easy but doable when you have no other choice.

So was Today a good day? 🤔 I’m not sure ...well she make it to Spain and the Camino? Will she have to further modify her walking schedule the first week? Will her foot be used as an extra water bladder since it can hold so much fluid? Will the boot make it past the garbage bins in the garage ? Stay tuned for the next exciting episode of “As the World turns on the Spurs of the Heel” 🤪 See ya Soon! 🤓
 

Iriebabel

Iriebabel & the cyborg turtle
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April (2018)
Camino Del Norte 26 March 2019
Hang in there, sounds like progress is happening. :)
Oh something is happening ...its a conspiracy 🤣🤣🤣🤣. yes the PRP seems to be working . I must admit they shocked me with that #2 and 3 thing 😉. but its all for the good. 😁
 

willydp

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Programmed C Inglés for "7-12 June 2019"
Keep a little faith in the procedure and in yourself....you have the right mindset👍😉
Progress is slowly...you had 80% OK...next time better....step by step 😊
Up to the third or not, but certainly .."Spain here I come" 👣
Carpe Diem 🌞
 

linkster

Nunca dejes de creer!
Camino(s) past & future
Francés 05/17 brazo roto Portomarín
Francés 09/17, 09/18 SJPdP - Fisterra
Portuguese ~05/19
I am intrigued by the procedure and your progress. It is really amazing how your own platelets are able to heal your body.

Did you redefine "leadfoot" on your drive home?:eek::p:D

You sound tenacious, and I am sure you will make it to Spain!:D:cool:
 

GOB

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese Coastal from Viana do Costello sept 2019
Interesting choice of words “one of the wheelchairs spoke” while I don’t know if the wheelchair user was disabled or injured it lends credence to the disabled opinion that a led bodied people see the chair and not the person sitting in it.
 

Iriebabel

Iriebabel & the cyborg turtle
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April (2018)
Camino Del Norte 26 March 2019
I am intrigued by the procedure and your progress. It is really amazing how your own platelets are able to heal your body.

Did you redefine "leadfoot" on your drive home?:eek::p:D

You sound tenacious, and I am sure you will make it to Spain!:D:cool:
Hahaha I set the cruise control😉 better safe than sorry.
Nice to use the body’s own amazing abilty to heal ...seems to be working and I see Spain in my Crystal ball 😍
 

Iriebabel

Iriebabel & the cyborg turtle
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April (2018)
Camino Del Norte 26 March 2019
Interesting choice of words “one of the wheelchairs spoke” while I don’t know if the wheelchair user was disabled or injured it lends credence to the disabled opinion that a led bodied people see the chair and not the person sitting in it.
I used that choice of word only because I could not see his face...the term was not meant in offense . The wheelchair was backwards in the elevator...it was a pun. So instead of focusing on the fact that the person made an indecent remark you choose to infer that I am somehow insensitive to the plight of disabled people.

I am disabled myself in fact since 2005 officially and have been in a wheelchair at one time or another including recently in the last 3 months. I have struggled to maintain my independence and my ability to stay upright off crutches and out of a chair when possible. Walking the camino was one of my greatest achievements because I struggle with the ability to walk everyday. No I do not just see the wheelchair and I am not a “led” body person so please do not judge when you do not know the entire story. .....we must endeavor to treat everyone with respect as I now treat you. I wish you the very best with what ever your day brings.
 
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t2andreo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 to 2018

Update number 2 as promised. Today, a day like no other I had a follow up with the Podiatrist. Early to bed , early to rise no breakfast in sight and forced to open my eyes ....at 5am. I hurried got dressed out the door a little after 6am for the long drive into the city. I caught the sunrise View attachment 52561 I arrived early beating the early morning traffic... see momma didn’t raise a fool 😉 because I actually got a parking space in the parking garage and on the ground floor, at that! Yes I know, I was feeling quite special 😜. I walked across to the famaliar red building and took the too familiar long walk to the main floor of the main building.

This time I was not on crutches though...I’m feeling tall in my new HOKA One Tor ultra Hi’s That’s right..looking so good..I got stopped by a doctor then by a nurse “hey what are you wearing? I’ve been looking for some comfortable walking shoes. I’m on my feet all day what are those?”. I proudly replied “these are my new Hoka’s it’s like walking on a cloud with this heel spur of mine. Hahaha. I swear I was being punked or I was on a television commercial where someone asks what are you wearing then the the person replies “im wearing blah blah jeans”. But I was indeed proud of my progress. Here I was walking without crutches and with limited pain for the first time in 8 months since my last camino.

I was early so I went up to the second floor to hunt down some coffee but sadly it was closed. So hopping on the elevator again wouldn’t you know the elevator would not move...yup broken. ...de ja vous. The 5 of us waiting, stepped off then waited for another to come . The door of the other elevator opened and two wheelchairs were facing backwards.. 2 of the 5 got of us hstepped on and the remaining 3 of us (females) remained outside. Why you ask? Well since you asked I’ll tell you. One of the wheelchairs spoke...it said “come on in we have enough room and if we don’t you can sit on my lap”😳😱🤯. Yes I could not believe it myself. The 3 of us let the door close and I turned to the young girl wearing medical scrubs and I said to her that was un called for I hope you never stand for that”. And with that we each shared thoughts of what happened and instances of this type of rude behavior. It’s not every one but the few make it bad for the many....and if his mother wouldn’t like it neither would I.

Anyway I decided to forgo the coffee even though I need the jolt of caffeine after getting out of my bed so early and I went to the waiting room. I am still early so I sat turned up my headphones and the latest James Patterson Murder Club Mystery. 5 minutes later the receptionist came and gathered all the names of those of us waiting and a few minutes after that they called my name.

Ok so I was in ignorant bliss...get in and out right? Hmmm totally wrong as I was informed I am getting #2 of 3 PRP (Platlet Rich Plasma) Therapy Injection. Yes! 🤯. WHAAAT!!! WHO!!!! WHEN!!!! No one told me. I was never told I was getting 3 procedures I’m not ready. As if I needed to prepare. I have 3 weeks to the camino 🥺😬. She, the doctor, said don’t worry you will make it. I was confused I thought she said I was getting injected again today? 😳. so after a momentary lapse she explainded after she performed her assesment. I was feeling about 80% better and less pain. so its possible I won’t need the 3rd procedure...yeah right! 🤨. Any way...she rolled in the centrifuge and the needles...we signed the consent and off we went AGAIN! 🤐. Again, draw the blood...Spirt goes the blood from my vein into the tube then more onto the floor. I have a very giving left arm.😂 this made her happy.

Some topical spray then Lidocaine into the nerve at my ankle bone, once again it did not travel down to my heel so it’s 3-4-5 sticks later ...yes I felt that...then complete nothing..I felt nothing... centerfuge runs 5 minutes ...that’s forever... plasma inserted...4-5 more needle sticks but I feel nothing folks yup she is full once more. “that’s a lot of fluid” she said and I Laugh because I had a flashback. Somehow the story seems the same but it’s a different doctor with a new student trainee. Yes it’s the same foot unfortunately or fortunately depending on how you look at things . 3rd injection scheduled 11 March., just 10 days before leaving for Spain I’m starting to think this is a test of will. who will win...well ME of course😁! but wait it’s not over.

She then introduced me to the walking boot. (My pretty Hoka’s On there left ignore the ugly boot on the right) View attachment 52563
No more crutches but instructions to continue Physio therapy, no Ice, no NSAIDS no pain relievers. But how was I to drive home, it is my right foot and 1 hr to home? good question. She stretched my sock over the compression bandage then fitted the walking boot . She called for wheel chair transport, yes I got smart I was not going to push myself this time in the giant wheelchair. It was easy peasy getting back to the parking garage this time... and when I got to the car I took the boot off and drove home with a numb foot and in my sock being careful not to place my heel on the ground. Not easy but doable when you have no other choice.

So was Today a good day? 🤔 I’m not sure ...well she make it to Spain and the Camino? Will she have to further modify her walking schedule the first week? Will her foot be used as an extra water bladder since it can hold so much fluid? Will the boot make it past the garbage bins in the garage ? Stay tuned for the next exciting episode of “As the World turns on the Spurs of the Heel” 🤪 See ya Soon! 🤓
Adapt, overcome, and keep your eyes on the horizon... Ultreia!
 

Iriebabel

Iriebabel & the cyborg turtle
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April (2018)
Camino Del Norte 26 March 2019
Adapt, overcome, and keep your eyes on the horizon... Ultreia!
Thank you... feet-up, I am route planning as we speak🥰 absolutely ready from a slow, glorious walk
 

Iriebabel

Iriebabel & the cyborg turtle
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April (2018)
Camino Del Norte 26 March 2019
Just for you not so serious threaders.....This will be me in Spain...if only 😁... I really love this video his feet are amazing..so fast I could do the camino in half the time dance right over those hills love the traditional outfit also
 

GOB

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese Coastal from Viana do Costello sept 2019
No judgement was intended however if you wish to interpret it as such it’s your prerogative. I am however surprised that a disabled person did not choose thier words more carefully eg “the person” in the wheelchair to remove such objectification from everyday use..
Excuse my typo earlier dyslexia breaks through every now and then no matter how long and careful I am when typing. I turn autocorrect off so that it’s my brain doing the work not a machine.
Rather than hijack your thread further I will refrain from further comment.
Good luck with your treatment I hope can attain your walking goal.
 

Iriebabel

Iriebabel & the cyborg turtle
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April (2018)
Camino Del Norte 26 March 2019
No judgement was intended however if you wish to interpret it as such it’s your prerogative. I am however surprised that a disabled person did not choose thier words more carefully eg “the person” in the wheelchair to remove such objectification from everyday use..
Excuse my typo earlier dyslexia breaks through every now and then no matter how long and careful I am when typing. I turn autocorrect off so that it’s my brain doing the work not a machine.
Rather than hijack your thread further I will refrain from further comment.
Good luck with your treatment I hope can attain your walking goal.
No harm done...we are all on the same path. I understand your point and respect your thinking. Feel free to comment It’s a free world. ☺ thank you
 

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