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Heel Spur?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Anyone out there have experience with heel spurs? I've had heel pain since last year when I started jogging. Some days worse than others, but manageable. On Monday, I did something stupid. I was trying to be super-fun mom after working six days straight at two jobs. We went to the zoo in the morning and in the evening I took them all to the pool. Bridget (5) is learning to swim and she's adventurous. I decided to take her down the slide, but I have to hold her up so she doesn't go under water at the end. The first slide went great. We went a second time. I noticed we were going a lot faster that time, and I couldn't figure out how to slow down. I landed hard on my feet. I successfully kept her above water, but sacrificed my foot in the process.

Tuesday I went to the doctor and had x-rays. Nothing is broken, but all the soft tissue in my heel is swollen. The x-ray revealed quite a heel spur. I'm betting I have one on the other foot too, but probably not as big. My right foot always hurts more than my left foot. Treatment at this point is anti-inflammatory meds, ice and rest. I'm down to using one crutch, and the swelling is gradually decreasing. I still can't put my weight on my heel and it's driving me crazy. My first day of working in the pharmacy at my new job, I was hobbling around on a crutch. I'm afraid I'll still be hobbling around tomorrow as well.

So, exercise is not happening this week, and I think that's affecting me emotionally. I am able to boss the kids around for the house work. Although, when they fold clothes and put them away, my stuff goes missing for some reason. I'm still looking for my favorite pair of shorts.

Has anyone had surgery for heel spurs? I know they also may be treated with cortisone shots, but that doesn't really eliminate the problem. I'm just starting to do research on this, so any info would be appreciated.

  
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BDANCER2 1/23/2012 8:43PM

    Yep, I have heel spurs in both heels. It is super painful and frustrating. I love to walk, as well as dance, both of which make my feet hurt. I can't even stand on them for long. What has helped is icing the heels. This is easily done by rolling a frozen water bottle up and down the heal. It really helps with the inflammation. I've had the shots, the shoe orthodics, etc. It's very persistent for me. I'm now thinking of surgery!

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CAROLYN0107 7/30/2011 6:51PM

    So sorry. I have experience with plantar fasciitis which it sounds like has the same basic treatment. I have had my heels injected with cortisone three times, twice in one and once in the other. I don't know which since it was a number of years ago. When I had problem with it earlier this year though the ortho told me that cortisone can only be used a limited number of times or the tissue breaks down or something so I did not get it then. When it flares up I use Scholl's inserts for extra padding. I understand that ice helps but I have never used it. Stretching is supposed to help and I try to do that when I have a flare up. I also need to slow down the number of steps I'm getting when I have a flair up. I pray you'll find relief soon.

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ASMPP1 7/28/2011 11:21PM

    emoticon Take care! No experience with heels spurs, either.

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ELISADENK 7/28/2011 4:08PM

    Keep researching. Try to avoid surgery at all costs.
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JOYFULMOMTO5 7/28/2011 2:36PM

    My mom has really bad heel spurs. She has special inserts that cradle her heel but keep them from making contact with anything in her shoe & had to have the shots which are only temporary. I am so sorry this is an issue. I understand the emotional side since I'm on crutches & the whole shibang right now too. If surgery can correct it, I'd say do what you have to do to be well & active. Your in my prayers!

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MOMMY_MIMI 7/28/2011 2:28PM

    I'm sorry! I had plantar fascitis (or however it is spelled) but no heel spur. I hope it feels better soon. I know the podiatrist I worked for was very conservative and really did not want to do surgery on heel spurs. So, go with the meds and see how they work. =(

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MUSICMOMOF2 7/28/2011 1:22PM

    Ouch! I don't have any experience with heel spurs, so I'm no help. Take care of yourself!

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Orientation over!! Maybe I can be a pharmacist now!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ugh!!! Two and a half days of orientation and computer based training have kind of drained my enthusiasm for my new job. I realize this is more the federal government's fault than anything else, but really, two and a half days!!! I learned and relearned about HIPAA, corporate compliance, incident command system, child/dependent adult abuse, diversity, organ donation, and everything specific to the company I work for such as benefits (which I don't have at this point, I'm "on-call"), dress-code, company history, history of the various campuses associated with the main company, etc... I'm overloaded with new information. The good news is I got paid for all this suffering, and really, the suffering wasn't that bad. Everyone involved with welcoming me has been very enthusiastic.

So that's done. I start on Wednesday in the pharmacy department, and I bet my boss there will have to go over some mandatory stuff too. At least I'll be in the pharmacy then and can start feeling like a pharmacist. I have to thank Spark People for encouraging us to set goals for ourselves. That got me to set the goal of transferring my license, keeping track of the steps to do that, and now getting a job close to my house.

Spark Goals:
1. Nutrition: I've been doing great on low carb with the exception of a couple days over the weekend. I am back on track, even through the orientation days at work.
2. Fitness: Last week I did five workouts (goal-5/week). This week I've gotten two in, and I'm counting yesterday walking to and from work as a small one since I have to work so much this week. I'll try to get two more smaller workouts (my full one takes 90 minutes cardio/weights/crunches/stretching) done tomorrow and Saturday morning.
3. Personal: I've been doing great at getting to bed earlier, even if my body doesn't cooperate and fall asleep right away. Good days with sleep and bad days.

So that's a quick update on my job. I really enjoy the people and the fact that I can walk to work. That was one of my selling points, I can be there in a blizzard.

Have a great week everyone!!

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MOMMY_MIMI 7/25/2011 7:52PM

    Love orientation (sarcasm!).....and are you using an EHR? Might be different for pharmacy, but oh joy....so many bugs! =) Congrats on your new job and keep up the good work!

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CAROLYN0107 7/24/2011 9:45AM

    emoticon on your accomplishment. I hope we can get together in August, even for a short time.

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ALLISON145 7/21/2011 11:01PM

    You go, lady!!!

Where are you going to be working now?

Great job on your other goals as well!!

-Allison

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MUSICMOMOF2 7/21/2011 7:51PM

    I always hated the "training" days before school started. Sounds like you will enjoy this new job. Good luck with your goals!

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Kids had ice cream, I had salad!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The last swim meet was last night. I wish I could tell you how it went. I volunteered to help line the kids up for their events. What chaos!! I don't even know all the kids names, and they all look the same in their team swimsuits and caps. I managed to make it through, and the weather cooperated. Hubby got to watch the kids swim. He really enjoyed that.

Afterward, we went to Subway for a treat. It turned out to be "Waffle Cone Wednesday." The kids all had ice cream, hubby had a personal pizza, and I had...

a salad!! You might say that I should have enjoyed the moment with everyone and had some ice cream. I have done that this summer, pretty much all through June. I don't feel deprived. I feel proud. The salad was yummy and satisfying. I stayed in carb range and didn't get a sugar induced headache. All is good. The kids and hubby even encouraged me. Hubby might have helped the kids finish some of their cones, but not much. They all chose sickeningly sweet flavors like bubble gum or cotton candy. The kids with yummy flavors ate their cones down quickly. They know dad is the "ice cream gobbler" so they don't mess around.

Just thought I'd share this little victory. Every little victory is bringing me closer to my goal.

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CAROLYN0107 7/15/2011 10:31PM

    emoticon You did well!!

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SHELLKAYE 7/15/2011 3:39AM

    Awesome choice and congrats on staying on track.

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MUSICMOMOF2 7/14/2011 9:59PM

    Way to go! Considering that I had some homemade onion rings at a restaurant tonight, you are the winner!

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ELISADENK 7/14/2011 8:45PM

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GINNIE535 7/14/2011 6:59PM

    BIG victory here!! It is sooo tough when everyone around you has a treat. I actually did this two nights ago- the BF brought home a tub of ice cream and ate a bowl- I had NONE. And it is still sitting in the freezer- I haven't eaten any!!

Great job!!

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SHELLYED 7/14/2011 6:52PM

    What a victory! I know sweets can be my weakness, but it feels so good to defeat the monster!

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Great First Week Back!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Goals:
1. Nutrition: Low-Carb- I did great last week at low carb eating. Now that I'm through the first week, I don't crave the sweets anymore.
2. Fitness: 5 workouts/week- I got four actual workouts in of varying lengths. I'm going to say I got five in because my work weekend was awful, yet I did manage a five minute walk on Saturday at work. I just had to escape the pharmacy for five minutes. So we will count that as a very short workout and I met my goal. I started again on Tuesday, so I'm going easy on myself.
3. Personal: Get to bed earlier- On my work nights, I got to bed as early as feasible. With the commute and winding down time, it still was quite late. My drive at night is 65 minutes due to flooded out roads. On other nights, some nights I did well, others I stayed up too late. Still room for improvement there.

The kids have been doing great in swim team this year. The season is almost done. All three boys have gotten the flip turn down. Mary(11) has adapted to swimming the longer distance of an older age group. Stevie (9) swam IM in the conference meet. This was only his second IM in competition. He took third!!! He also got fifth in backstroke. All four kids got to compete in conference. This is the first year they all made it! The twins are still learning how to swim. Bridget can do a freestyle with her face out of the water, and both are starting to blow bubbles in the water. We should have them ready by next May to join the team. Teaching them has gotten Hubby out in the pool more, so he is even starting to get more active.

Thanks everyone for all your encouragement! It's really helping me to get back at this again!

  
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ALLISON145 7/13/2011 12:15AM

    Great job lady!! Hey when you get a chance drop me a note with some details on your plan... There are so many low carb options these days. I'm debating playing with my plan.. Oh and my plumber yesterday was from mo valley! Mike from Burton.

Allison

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CAROLYN0107 7/12/2011 5:54PM

    WTG with keeping to your program. You'll be sure ot have success.

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MUSICMOMOF2 7/12/2011 3:29PM

    Sounds like you have found your "Spark" again. So glad that you are back!!

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July 7th

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Well, I can tell I've lost a little endurance. I used to be able to do the elliptical for 50 minutes at 70 RPMs most of the time. Now I can manage 32 minutes, between 64-68 RPMs.

That's ok, I'll get it back.

I've also lost some strength. I'm playing it safe and lowered most of the weights I do.

That's ok, I'll get it back.

I'm determined to stay at this again! I will get in shape!!!

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AHEALTHIERME44 7/8/2011 1:02PM

    Soon you will be blogging all about how you did it...because you will get there!! In the meantime good for you for getting back at it :)

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CAROLYN0107 7/7/2011 9:54PM

    emoticon You'll get it back!

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BLESSEDMAZARS 7/7/2011 4:15PM

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ALLISON145 7/7/2011 3:36PM

    Rock on, lady! Get back on the horse!

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MUSICMOMOF2 7/7/2011 3:28PM

    You can and you will do it!

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