Thursday, January 20, 2011
In case you aren't up to speed on my medical condition -- here's the nutshell version --
12/17/10 - I had surgery on both feet - left foot for neuroma removal and correction of 2 hammer toes, right foot correction of 1 hammer toe.
12/22/10 - Due to constricting of the bandages and over-icing to try to get the swelling down, I now have 3 frostbitten toes - yep, the 3 former hammer toes are now frostbitten.
OK, so on Tuesday this week (1/18/11), a wound specialist (foot doc #2) that I was referred to 2 weeks ago, scares the crap out of me by telling me that the worst frostbitten toe on my right foot only has a 50/50 chance of being saved - but that 2 weeks earlier, he thought it had zero chance, so he wasn't betting against me.
Yesterday, I went to my usual podiatrist (foot doc #1) - the guy who did my surgery. I tell him that foot doc #2 said that due to the change in temperature between the base of my toe and the tip of my toe, foot doc #2 thought I only had a 50/50 chance of saving the tip of the toe. Foot doc #1 says, "I don't agree with that. Your toes are ALWAYS cold!"
Those were the sweetest and most encouraging words I could have heard! Foot doc #1 said that it is still too soon to say for sure, but he felt that I have a good chance of saving the entire toe. The 2 toes on the left foot are pretty much going to be OK. Scars may not be as pretty as they would have been without the frostbite, but at least I'll have the toes.
So, I am choosing to believe foot doc #1, who has known me and my cold toes for the last 2 years, over foot doc #2, who just met me 2 weeks ago.
Isn't is amazing how I let a perfect stranger screw with my head? Have you ever done that - let a perfect stranger screw with your head?
Next time I see foot doc #2, I'm going to tell him, "Cold toes, warm heart!" And we know that the heart (love) can heal all wounds, right?
PS - I'd post pictures of my toes, but they would probably make you lose your lunch - they are pretty nasty looking.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
IF A FAT GUY GRABS YOU AND PUTS YOU IN A BAG, DON'T WORRY,
I TOLD SANTA I WANTED A GOOD FRIEND FOR CHRISTMAS!
Wishing you the most wonderful Christmas season! Peace and glad tidings to all!
Friday, December 24, 2010
I received a Christmas story in the mail today that I want to share with you.
The Christmas Gift
A man named Paul received an automobile from his brother as a Christmas present. When Paul came out of his office on Christmas Eve, a ragged looking little boy was walking around the shiny car as he admired it.
"Is this your car, Mister?" he asked. Paul nodded. "My brother gave it to me for Christmas."
The boy was astounded. "You mean your brother gave it to you and it cost you nothing? Boy, I wish......"....he hesitated.
Of course Paul knew what he was going to wish for. He was going to wish he had a brother like that. But what the lad said jarred Paul all the way down to his heels.
"I wish," the boy went on, "I could be a brother like that."
Paul looked at the boy in astonishment, then impulsively, he added, "Would you like to take a ride in my automobile?"
"Oh yes, I'd love that."
After a short ride, the boy turned and with his eyes aglow said, "Mister, would you mind driving in front of my house?"
Paul smiled a little, he thought he knew what the lad wanted. He wanted to show his neighbors he could ride home in a big automobile. But Paul was wrong again.
"Will you stop where those two steps are?" the boy asked. He ran up the steps and in a little while Paul saw him coming back, but he was coming very slowly because he was carrying his little crippled brother. He sat him down on the bottom step, then sort of squeezed up against him and pointed to the car.
"There she is, Buddy, just like I told you upstairs. His brother gave it to him for Christmas and it didn't cost him a cent. Some day I"m goinna give you one just like it. Then you can see for yourself all the pretty things in the Christmas windows I've been trying to tell you about."
Paul got out and lifted the lad to the front seat of his car. The older brother climbed in beside him and the three of them began a memorable holiday ride.
That Christmas Eve, Paul learned what Jesus meant when He said, "It's more blessed to give than to receive." ~Author Unknown
I pray that you and your family have a most wonderful Christmas!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
How bright is your Spark shining? Take this quiz to find out!!
(Thanks, CREATINGAMANDA for sharing this quiz from KIMMAS82)
1) You woke up a little late this morning. So you,
a) Skip breakfast. You just DONíT have time for it today. Plus youíll save a few calories.
b) Grab a quick protein bar. Something is better than nothing, right?
c) Take a few minutes to fit in a balanced nutritious breakfast. Itís important!
*** C ***
2) You get to work and realize that itís Treat Day. You,
a) Reach for the DONUTS!!! Who can pass up a Chocolate Covered Bavarian Cream??
b) Go halfsieís on a donut with your BFF. Just a taste!
c) Grab nothing. You had a great filling breakfast at home and brought all of your own snacks for the day!!
*** A, if you'd have said ANYTHING other than Chocolate Covered Bavarian Cream, I could have resisted! ***
3) Lunchtime is near and you feel yourself getting hungry. What line do you get in??
a) The GRILL!!! Pizza, pizza, pizza! All that dripping cheese. . . NOM NOM NOM!!
b) The classics! A nice balanced, comfort food meal like mom used to make. Including the veggies.
c) The Deli! You opt for a veggie filled salad with grilled chicken and a light dressing accompanied by a whole grain roll. The perfect amount of protein, carbs and fat!!
*** C *** (Always my go-to meal!)
4) Youíre feeling sluggish and oh so tired after work. The best way for you to regroup and de-stress is to:
a) Go home and cuddle up on the couch with your remote and popcorn and VEG OUT!!
b) Opt for a relaxing night in kitchen making a good healthy meal.
c) Hit the gym (or the road) and work it out hard!!! You know youíll feel better after you start moving!
*** C, but I'm answering hypothetically. As long as I've been on Spark, I've been a part-time student who also works full-time. So no matter how tired, evenings were either spent in class, or doing homework. My schedule is much lighter next semester. I hope that "C" will be my answer - I want "C" to be my answer when I'm not in class or doing homework. I work out in the morning, so taking an evening walk/run will be a bonus! ***
5) Your mouth is dry and you NEED hydration!! Whatís your go-to drink??
a) SODA!! Is there anything better than a ice cold Diet Coke?
b) Green tea. It has all the caffeine youíre looking for with some added health benefits too!!
c) Water! You know water is important and make sure to get in your daily requirements!!
*** C, it's about the only thing I drink. ***
6) Itís time for bed but you have so much to do!! You decide to,
a) Stay up late and get it all done. You can sleep when youíre dead.
b) Give yourself a little while longer before you hit the hay.
c) Go to bed! You know youíll be more productive tomorrow if you get your sleep!!
*** A, see answer to #4 above. Too much homework over the last 2 years. Stayed up into the wee hours to complete it. ***
7) Itís winter, itís cold, itís dark and itís late. You just donít want to get off that comfy, warm couch to take the dog for a walk. You decide to,
a) Skip the walk for today. Tomorrow will be nicer and youíll both enjoy it more then.
b) Take the dog out for just 10 minutes!! Youíll both benefit from it and youíll be back in the warmth before you know it.
c) Get hyped and get out!! Youíll both be so happy you went out for 30 minutes. No excuses can stop you from treating yourself and your pet right!!
*** C ***
8) Itís a busy weekend, you,
a) Ignore Spark People. Youíll get back there on Monday.
b) Log on real quick to get your log in points. Youíre determined to continue that streak!!
c) You log on and spend a few minutes logging, tracking, commenting and blogging. It will keep you connected to your healthy lifestyle for the entire day!!
*** C, I'm a Spark addict! ***
If you answered mostly Aís:
Your flame is running out of fuel. Time to take a look at your decisions and get back to the basics!!
If you answered mostly Bís:
Youíve been Sparked!! You are WELL on your way!! Youíre making better choices and learning what works for you!
If you answered mostly Cís:
Youíre Spark is shining BRIGHT!! You know what you need to do to be, get and stay healthy!!! And. . . YOU DO IT!!!
*** It was a close contest between B and C for me, but the C's take the gold! ***
* Disclaimer: This is just for fun!! This is not a meant to be a real determination on how well you are doing on your journey. This is based solely on where I've been, where I am and where I hope to be! I got inspired by my daughter's teeny-bopper magazine quiz last night apparently and woke up with this in my head!! KIMMAS82
Get An Email Alert Each Time NANHBH Posts