Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Monday, July 11, 2011

My Left Foot

Before I go into the nitty gritty of my broken foot, I want to share this photo of my gorgeous niece, modeling the sweater in progress I'm making for my mom. Paige spent the night with us on Friday night and she was there an entire five minutes before I broke my foot, changing all the fun plans I had made for us. Luckily, she was a good sport about it, waiting on me hand and foot (yep, another pun) and keeping me entertained, including modeling for me on demand.

Here's my new best friend, a Turning Leg Caddy.

Trying to get around on crutches was so exhausting and disheartening that Steve suggested we rent one of these, and I've got to say, it has made a world of difference. In fact, if I hadn't rented it, I would have had to cancel my job plans for this week. This is the week that I work on a committee for the Virginia Department of Education and it's a great gig. I get to spend a week in a posh hotel, have breakfast, lunch, and snacks provided by the four star on site catering staff, receive reimbursement for travel and dinner, and get paid a generous honoraium, and the work is pretty rewarding too. Even better, Steve came with me this year and has been wonderful at making things as easy as possible for me.

The only drawback with the wonderful scooter is that it has caused me to overdo it a bit today, leading to some ugly looking swelling. Do not scroll down if you are queasy about seeing ugly, swollen feet. (Rudee, I'm counting on you looking at it and giving me your advice.) Even though it isn't hurting, I have been sitting for the past three hours with it elevated and am icing it, so I think it'll be okay. One thing for sure, I'm taking it easier tomorrow, regardless of how good I feel. And tomorrow, I'll have some photos of the great food I'm eating, just to mix it up a little from all the injury information.


don't scroll any further if you want to avoid the photo of my foot. Please read on if your name is Rudee.

A weird little line there near the heel, isn't it? It truly doesn't hurt though, and I'm really being good about not putting weight on it, so I think it's going to be okay. Right?


  1. So sorry your foot is broken, I think elevation is going to be the word of the week for you. When you have such a swollen area the blood flow gets stuck and that is why you have the line of brusing. Elevate, Elevate, Elevate.
    Hope you are better soon,

  2. Sorry I'm late getting to this. I definitely think that foot needs to be up more than down. THe dependence (dropped lower than your heart) is what is making the edema a problem. When I did endurance walking, I would lie on the floor with my feet propped up on the wall for about 30 to 45 minutes after walking which really helped circulation. Wrapping may help, too, along with ice.

    So sorry this is crimping your style this summer!