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Another update
So, the pain wasn't as bad last night, especially with the booze, so I got a couple of hours sleep. But it wore off and I woke up again. I was up and down all night, and almost overslept and missed my doctor appointment this morning, but I managed to haul ass over there and was only a few minutes late.

Aside - when did UMass restaff with attractive female doctors? The new doctor I had last time was a stunning young blonde. This morning I was seen by a student doctor who was painfully cute and charming, I got a 'perky goth' kind of vibe from her. She was in all black (except the white doc coat) and had dark black hair and black rimmed glasses with framed her eyes wonderfully... I realy had to restrain myself from flirting (since that seemed highly inappropriate), or staring at her eyes... nice eyes... ... where was I? Oh right, my foot... So she looked at me, then her supervising physician came in (trainer? Boss doc? I'm not a medico), who was another pleasant woman, and went over everything.

So, anyway, it doesn't look like it is an infection, but it is a little swollen and obviously tender. So the diagnosis is... who the hell knows. It could be a bone spur, so they sent me off for x-rays and I'll hear back when they're reviewed. It could be, uh, something which I can't remember because my brain keeps telling me "necrotizing fasciitis" which is NOT it. (If you don't know what that is, don't go looking. Trust me.) AH, "plantar fasciitis", thanks Google. So she had me buy some heel inserts for my boots for support and cushioning. She also prescribed 800mg ibuprofen tablets for the pain, up to 3 a day. I've taken one so far and it seems to work fairly well. No pain just sitting here, and only a little when walking, and my limp isn't as bad.

In other words, this could be 'just one of those things'. If it isn't a bone spur then there will probably never be a known cause, and hopefully it could just clear up on its own. Since I was sick in bed most of the time the preceding few days and I was certainly not very active, it doesn't look like an impact - no running, jumping, kicking, etc. No specific event before the pain started whatsoever.

So I have painkillers that seem to work. I'm going to try not to walk to much, to give it a chance to heal on its own if it is going to. And we'll see.

People think I'm joking when I say I would gladly undergo full cyborg conversion if we had the tech level to support it. I'm not, I'm extremely serious. Flesh is not worth the trouble. Give me a Ghost in the Shell level replacement body and I'll take it without a second thought. I really hate being a meat sack. Sometimes I think brain-in-a-vat is preferable, but I do like some aspects of humanoid bodies.

I'm looking forward to real sleep tonight, I hope, I'm pretty wiped at this point.

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cdaae From: cdaae Date: October 26th, 2006 12:10 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I'd gladly swap my feet for a cyborg pair. My shoulders and neck are so often in pain it would be sensible to swap them too really, but that idea creeps me out too much. Feet seem a lot less drastic.
lizzielizzie From: lizzielizzie Date: October 26th, 2006 01:03 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I think utterlyjaded has plantar fasciitis, so you can ask her about it. IIRC, it is miserable. :-\
bdragon From: bdragon Date: October 26th, 2006 02:47 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
boss docs are "attendings". she was probably a resident.
From: desertlover Date: October 26th, 2006 10:40 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
medico: med student, intern (first year resident), resident,
senior, attending. A good general clue is to look at the length
of their white coat.

Oh, and You should totally flirt.

My last trip to umass ER resulted in multiple marriage inquiries by
members of the staff. I had broken my foot while vacuming the stairs,
and apparently, a guy who vacuums (let alone the stairs) is hard to
come by.

zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: October 26th, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
You are also a rather better male specimen than I, being in good shape and all. :-)
From: desertlover Date: October 27th, 2006 11:25 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I don't know if I would use the term "good"

In any event, I have since been informed that it's actually not
good to flirt. Something about doctor/patient relationship
and "Creepy". So I guess your instincts were far better than
mine :-)

I wonder if waiting in the parking lot until shift change,
and then flirting is ok. That's probably stalking.
Which isn't good either.

craigeagle From: craigeagle Date: October 26th, 2006 11:48 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I developed plantar fasciitis earlier this year as a result of shattering my Tib and Fib in a rare "walking to the quick shop" accident. (Accident made me walk incorrectly, which caused the fascitis.) It is not fun. They tried the heel inserts, even had custom orthotics made. None of that helped. What did help was a huge shot of Cortizone to the heel. I have also heard of them using a shot of Botox but I am not sure that is FDA approved.
- Craig
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: October 26th, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yeah, the doc explained that if that was what it was - there is pretty much no cure. She said they can do injections into the heel to alleviate the symptoms, but they'd probably return over time. It is something that the body either heals or doesn't. I plan to do more research if that ends up being the diagnosis - and it doesn't just go away soon.

The pain killers worked well, I slept last night... but they wore off by morning so I woke up before my alarm, somewhat unpleasantly.
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