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Monday, January 16, 2012

I decided to try putting some menthol balm on my foot/shin/calve/ankle. It seems to help. I'm still walking weird. I can tell that I'm supinating. My foot was almost pain free yesterday :-)
I've been biking. I did some No More Trouble Zones today.
I did get this email back from the podiatrist:
Both sports medicine and Orthopedics do not treat foot related conditions here at Santa Clara. How about we do this; I can have you set up to be seen by a group of clinicians in the special problems clinic. This way you can get the opinion of multiple experts all at once. Let me know if this is acceptable to you and I'll set it up.

Kind of weird but I guess that's the way Kaiser works. We will see what happens with this.
Since I had the day off, I did some baking.
Coconut macadamia chocolate chip cookies

Blueberry vitamuffins (from a mix)

Little Callie has been hiding less and exploring more when we are around:

No new mixer yet. I guess I'll have to call KitchenAid tomorrow and see if I can get the tracking number.
Happy Monday!

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JULESRULES78 1/19/2012 2:55PM

    What a pretty kitty! I need your recipe for your cookies. Yum! emoticon

Yeah to an almost pain free foot, and why WOULDN'T the opinions of multiple experts be acceptable?

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    Yum cookies and healthy muffins what a perfect balance. I hope having multiple docs look at the foot will help sort it all out.

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KANSASROSE67 1/17/2012 3:15PM

    I would not be able to resist those cookies...wanting to leap into my monitor and grab one right now!

Your Callie looks a lot like our Widget. She's a very shy kitten who scurries through a room like a large, cute mouse!

I hope the group approach helps you get some answers soon.

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KKINNEA 1/17/2012 2:03PM

    Glad you can get some more opinions on your injury. Those foods look tasty!

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SOKKERNUT 1/17/2012 11:31AM

    I was going to ask you about the mixer. Sorry it has not come in. How long did they say it would be?

Callie is so adorable.

Yummy on the baking, they look delicious! Good thing I eating yogurt right now! emoticon

So are you going to do this? Set up appt with specialists? It's worth a shot.

Have a great day.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/17/2012 11:21AM

    Hopefully seeing a few doctors at a time, they can put their heads together to figure out your troubles. Love those cookies, may I have a glass of milk to go with them? emoticon

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JASMINELOU 1/17/2012 9:45AM

    Good luck with the Dr.'s! Those cookies look wonderful.

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BREW99 1/17/2012 8:30AM

    Oh, Callie is just too adorable for words! I'm glad she's getting more comfortable. Hugs to Callie. Glad to hear that you might get another appt. with answers. Sorry to hear you are a "special problem".

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SEABREEZE65 1/17/2012 8:02AM

    Those cookies look great!

Hope seeing some different specialists will resolve in an answer.

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REEKU731 1/17/2012 7:57AM

    Super cute kitty!!! And I'm liking the idea of "several experts at once" - I'm hoping for lots of good things from that!!! As always, your food looks amazing and I hope you get your KitchenAid soon!!!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/17/2012 6:47AM

    I hope the team of specialists can come up with something helpful.
Callie is so darn cute! Yay for curious cats, in this case anyway;)
Love the cookies and muffins, yum. Wow, still no mixer?! Boo!

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LEN_VERSION32 1/17/2012 6:10AM

    Hope these consortium of doctors can help! Goodies look great as usual!

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JLITT62 1/17/2012 5:01AM

    I hope SOMEONE can figure it out - maybe they'll have some useful advice for you this weekend. I sure hope so!

OMG, those cookies look scrumptious. Good thing I'm not there - that's my weakness.

Callie is adorable!

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BUTEAFULL 1/17/2012 4:29AM

    I like the idea of multiple doctors with different opinions might come up with something new and useful

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VYVIENN 1/17/2012 4:14AM

    What an adorable kitty!!

Oh, and who would expect to see someone at orthopedics for a foot issue? Seeeeeriously... emoticon

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INIT2LIVEIT 1/17/2012 3:47AM

    Nat your little Callie is absolutely precious!!!! She is a darling... makes me miss my cat more seeing her picture.

As always your cookies look yummy! I do like the look of the coconut, macadamia and choc chip one.

Good luck with the continuing foot issue. I am glad the menthol seemed to help. Someone had suggested Arnica to me. Perhaps its the massaging it in that also made a difference?

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 1/17/2012 1:29AM

    Your kitty is so pretty. It took Bella awhile to come around. Everything looks so good, YUM!

Hopefully things will work out with your foot. My parents have Kaiser and it works like that.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 1/17/2012 12:06AM

    What a strange set up. I've never heard of sports medicine not dealing with foot problems. Is this a clinic setup?

I was struck by your comment that you supinate, as do I. I'm really surprised that the superfeet haven't helped. Did you wear them when you did you strength training? Balance problems can cause strains when just standing and supporting weight.

My problems improve much faster once I started using the supports all the time and not just when running, which forced my legs and ankles to learn new habits.

Hope you get some answers soon!

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NEWMIRROR 1/16/2012 11:12PM

    Yes- that is a different way of doctoring! Mental image of you sitting before a panel of doctors- sock off, foot kicked high in the air, "See! See this?! FIX ITTTTTTTTTTT"

Those blueberry muffins look scrumptious- from a mix, you say?

Oh- Callie- Soooooooooooooo cute. I just placed a cat that I took in for a few months into a new home.

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KARENDEE4 1/16/2012 11:07PM

    I hope the experts can help you.

Looks like yummie treats you baked!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/16/2012 9:46PM

    i hate it that you are having foot issues again! i hope you are able to get that healed quickly!
great looking goodies, as usual! i made an ugly cake this weekend. the icing WOULD NOT stick to it. when i sliced it, i had to actually HOLD the icing in place so it wouldn't fall off. i must have over cooked it i guess. oh well, it still tasted good!

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MAGGIE805 1/16/2012 9:44PM

    Callie is adorable!!! Definetly give KitchenAid a call. I had problems with my mixer a couple of years ago and it took them over a month to figure out it was a faulty mixer. At least I got a new one. Sending(((healing)))) vibes your way.

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LISAINMS 1/16/2012 9:28PM

    Menthol balm is great stuff. I hope the experts can help you! No KitchenAid yet? Your cookies didn't seem to suffer though. They look yummy!

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WONDERWOMAN 1/16/2012 9:16PM

    Well, interesting I guess. Strange that sports medicine or ortho don't deal with foot injuries? But maybe the clinic is the answer. Wonder how long that will take. Menthol balm, huh?

Callie is a real cutie!

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LARIESHA 1/16/2012 9:13PM

    Oh I think the Dr feels guilty from the last response he sent. Glad that he is looking into other options for and that the balm is working. Sometimes we have to be our own Dr's and experiment on ourselves. Oh cookies, look so good and so do the muffins and what a cute kitty, just adorable.

I would give KitchenAid a call too, no mixer yet that is unacceptable.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I emailed the podiatrist since my foot has been bothering me ever since I came out of the boot:
Hi Dr. X,
It's been 2 months post-boot and I'm still having soreness mostly along the outer edge of my foot but some on the inner edge/arch. I've been doing ankle/foot exercises (calf raises, writing the alphabet with my foot, toe scrunches, inner and outer ankle pulls using an exercise band). It seems like it starts feeling sore after I've been walking for a minute or so. It also seems worse if I wear a stability shoe and/or have superfeet insoles in my shoe. I have tried doing some running. It doesn't really hurt more when I run than when I walk. Is it okay to run?
Is it normal to still have the ankle issue after this long. I have not had a single day without some sort of discomfort since I've been out of the boot. I'm ready to amputate.

This is the reply:

I'm sorry too hear that you're still having soreness. To be quite honest with you, your case has been somewhat bewildering to me and as such I don't have great answers for you.
My best recommendation is to stick with the the principal of trying to avoid doing things that make your foot hurt. Pain is the body's alarm system and system of protection. I'm afraid this is the best advice I can give you.

I'd be happy to see you again in person if you want to discuss this further.


I guess I'm on my own. Not walking around is not an option.

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SUPERMOM8482 1/16/2012 3:06PM

    Oh yuck so sorry to hear that you are still having foot issues :( I wish it were easier sometimes to figure these things out. I know my issue never got resolved either and my stupid pain comes and goes and is not related at all to any single thing.

Good luck with the healing and hope that you figure something out

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MISSMITSY 1/16/2012 6:24AM

    Wow sounds like it's time to bring in a second doctor...

I can't believe it's been 2 months since you got the boot off!

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LARIESHA 1/16/2012 12:08AM

    Sounds like you need a new doctor. I hope they can find some real answers for you. It is not okay for you to be in pain and they can't find out why or where it is coming from.

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JMARIES51 1/15/2012 1:15PM

    Yep, sounds like time for the 2nd opinion. Doctors are only human and don't always have good answers. So it is good to find out if someone else might have a different idea.

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KATRINAKRAUT 1/15/2012 12:00AM

    Quite the conundrum. I hope it gets better.

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WENDYSPARKS 1/14/2012 3:33PM

    Maybe a second opinion would be a good idea. Hope it feels better as time goes on.

Wendy emoticon

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HARRINGTON5 1/13/2012 11:58AM

    I sure wouldn't want to go to a doctor that is bewildered with your problems. It sure sounds like you are doing all the right things. I'm really sorry to hear that you are still in pain. Are there any other doctors that might give you a second opinion?

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/13/2012 10:34AM

    I was going to ask you about how things were going, and missed this blog the day you wrote it. Found it now, and sorry to read about continuing soreness. Perhaps it'll just take a bit more time to heal. Have a good day, Natalie.

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PAPAMIKIE 1/13/2012 9:41AM

    Sounds like:

Patient: "Doctor it hurts when I raise my arm."

Doctor: "Don't raise your arm."

Hope you feel better soon. You might want to get a second opinion on the foot. Perhaps find a doctor who runs or is in sports medicien.

Take care


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NEWMIRROR 1/12/2012 10:54PM

    Not really what you wanted to hear, huh, Natalie?!
Feeling sore one minute after walking- not good.
I hope that you find relief from this.


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THINBUCKEYE 1/12/2012 9:05PM

    Well, how annoying is that!?! If you can't trust your doc on this, then who can you trust?? I'd definitely pursue this further.

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KATHLEEN0222 1/12/2012 12:15PM

    BAD answer and lack of support! Time to go get a second opinion. I had that sort of issue years ago... had knee surgery and the doc didn't do what he cut me open to do... went for a 2nd opinion and the new doc said i never should have had surgery... only PT! which he prescribed and it made all the difference!


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MSPRIS3 1/12/2012 11:45AM

    Wow, he has nothing to offer you, yet says to make an appointment to discuss it further. Oh, he will only get paid if you go in, that makes more sense....

Personally, I would go see another Dr. You should not still have pain, and you shouldn't be told to deal with it.

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SOKKERNUT 1/12/2012 10:06AM

    I about feel out of my chair reading your blog this morning. I am with most others, please seek a 2nd opinion, no dr should be bewildered, they should be seeking answers for you, assisting you, isn't that what drs are for? I am so sorry you are still having trouble. It would drive me crazy too.
Have a great day.

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GETTINGFIT4HIM 1/12/2012 3:47AM

  Don't take "no" for an answer! I'd suggest as others have (and your gut is probably telling you!) to seek a 2nd or possibly 3rd opinion to see what another has to say. Maybe it really will take longer to heal than you would like as is life sometime's but I'd personally be more "OK" with that if it were the consensus of a few doctor's who have examined you. Hang in there! I'm sure you will be lapping us all before we know it!

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 1/12/2012 12:01AM

    Whoa, I'm not liking that response, mostly because I could have written "pain is the body's alarm system" and I'm no doctor. What kind of advice is that? Is there someone else you could see for a 2nd opinion?

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BUTEAFULL 1/11/2012 10:48PM

    so frustrating

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EMMANYC 1/11/2012 8:06PM

    I'm sorry to hear you're still having trouble with full recovery from the fracture. I have had some experience with fractures, including stress fractures, and some information that might be of use to you.

1) First of all, on the bad news front, I have found in the past that it takes much longer than you think to fully recover from a fracture. Yes, I got functional again fairly quickly (e.g. to be able to walk around for normal daily life) but I continued to feel some discomfort for months and months afterward. For example, when I broke a bone in my hand, I was able to do normal daily tasks using my hand within about 3 weeks, but I couldn't use that hand to bear much weight (e.g., to lift a box single-handedly) for about 6 months. And it hurt every time someone shook my hand. When I had a stress fracture in my leg, I was able to walk 15 minutes to and from work after about a month, but I felt some discomfort doing so for about 4 months and I didn't go back to intense weight-bearing cardio for about 6.

(The good news in that message above is that I was able to do my daily walks (totalling about 30 minutes per day) without aggravating the old injury. I just wasn't able to do much more than that for a few months more.

2. You might look into acupuncture. I haven't tried it, but my doctor now practises Eastern as well as Western medicine. I wasn't seeing him when I had the fracture, but he told me later that acupuncture can stimulate and speed u the bone's healing process.

3. Have you considered trying something like deepwater running to get your running fix while your leg heals? I'm not running these days because I have a piriformis/hamstring problem, but I'm thinking of trying deepwater running.

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RHONDALYN10 1/11/2012 7:40PM

    Here's some advice - if it hurts don't do it.

HUH?! And he/she gets paid for those decisions.....ugh!!

Go get a new eval from a new Dr!

Best wishes!!

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DELERIOUS64 1/11/2012 6:43PM

    I agree it's time to find a new Dr. As someone else suggested a sports Dr that gets it!! Best of luck!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/11/2012 5:23PM

    What!? Even the ones I go to come up with some response, even if it's the one I say I'll never ever do. I'm no pro but that there's absolutely nothing to be done is unbelievable to me. Can Dr. X refer you to Dr. Maybe?

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 1/11/2012 5:20PM

    See someone who will actually examine the foot, ankle, legs, muscles, etc. to diagnosis what is happening physically when you walk and use that leg/foot/ankle.

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 1/11/2012 4:30PM

    Wow. Horrible response. Time for a new doctor! good luck!

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  *Ouch* and do you have a sports medicine doctor in your area?

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BREW99 1/11/2012 4:08PM

    Ugh! That's frustrating. emoticon

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    I ditto what everyone else says...find someone else. So sorry to hear you are still having such problems.

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 1/11/2012 2:58PM

    Well, that was a complete non-answer! Definitely agree with the others, that you should try to get another doctor to look at it.

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THECRAZYMANGO 1/11/2012 2:48PM

    Have you tried getting a second opinion? Maybe a different doctor would have been insight.

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LISAINMS 1/11/2012 2:42PM

    Ugh. Are you a member of a local running group? That's how I found my sports ortho -he advertised in the newsletter. It was like night and day finding someone that "got" it.

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SLEEPYDEAN 1/11/2012 2:29PM

    Ughh really? Sounds like he just wants your co-pay/whatever your insurance pays for the visit. Seems like you laid out your concerns quite clearly and he didn't address them at all.

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KKINNEA 1/11/2012 2:21PM

    Exactly, since no one has learned to fly yet! Argh! Hope there's another doctor you can see?

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/11/2012 2:20PM

    at least he's honest! I would look into a sports Dr at this time.

good luck emoticon

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RAINEMARIE214 1/11/2012 2:15PM

    I would get a different doctor. He clearly doesnt have the answers that you need. Thats so sad!

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JLITT62 1/11/2012 2:14PM

    Is it at all possible to get a second opinion somehow? A sports dr of sone sort? That's beyond frustrating!

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REEKU731 1/11/2012 2:11PM

    Words truly escape me at this point...I think you need a new doctor and another opinion of the issue. Telling someone not to walk anymore is absolutely stupid!! I hope you're able to find answers from someone else!


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WONDERWOMAN 1/11/2012 1:59PM

    I know your insurance is an issue, but will it let you go to a different kind of specialist (orthopaedic)? I'm thinking that may be what you need. Looks to me like he wasn't listening/reading again. Probably thought you said it hurt when you run, so good standard answer (in a round-about way) was don't run. But you said it hurts when you walk! UGH!!!! You should be finding relief or at least your doctor should be looking for a cause to help you find relief! Good luck girl! I know you'll get to the bottom of this eventually. emoticon

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SPARKVAMPY2012 1/11/2012 1:45PM

    I agree with others, it cant hurt to get a second opinion. Doctors are so clueless nowadays (even mine).
Hope you find a solution. emoticon

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KEK_KEISH 1/11/2012 1:27PM

    Wtf! Can you say unprofessional -- sheeshhhh!!
Sorry you had to deal w/such a butthole! Get a
second opinion elsewhere . Ppl now-a-days, I tell ya..
Chin up! (((Sending happy vibes your way!)))

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LYNNA7499 1/11/2012 1:23PM

  Wow! I'm so sorry that you aren't able to get any answers. Good luck finding a new doctor who can hopefully help you.

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    Huh?? Can he refer you to someone else (a specialist for your type of injury)? Big hugs girl!

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INIT2LIVEIT 1/11/2012 1:20PM

    Well at least he was honest, but that and 1 dollar will give you well, 1 dollar!
I agree with the general census - 2nd opinion (if you can)

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WORTHEYMOM 1/11/2012 1:18PM

    Totally agree - time for a new doc at least a 2nd opinoin! Hope you get to run again soon!

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    I agree with the others...time for a new doc!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 1/11/2012 1:13PM

    Wow talk about being vague for you. You do need better answers that what the Doc gave you. You're right you need to walk, something has to be done.

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MRKTGCHICK 1/11/2012 1:08PM

    I think it's unanimous. The explanation you have recieved is not good enough! Time to find someone with more experience or something! You deserve better than the answer/lack of help that he's giving you.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/11/2012 1:04PM

    Have your tried a second opinion? I know this has been worrisome for you. emoticon

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MYTURN11 1/11/2012 1:02PM

    My, that was certainly a lame explanation. He was just covering his tracks. I would be researching another podiatrist pronto. So sorry you are going through this - very frustrating. It has been awhile. With all of the modern technology, mri's (can tell if you stumped your toe) etc, you would think you could do far better than a doctor simply shrugging his shoulders and basically telling you "Do not walk". emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 1/11/2012 12:57PM

    And he is a specialist???? I think I would fire him and find someone else. I am so sorry, and I know, not moving is not an option. emoticon

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ABRANDNEWME09 1/11/2012 12:54PM

    Oh no! that's lousy advice! Maybe time for a second opinion??? Hope you can find some relief, that has to be awful! emoticon

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Recent Baking

Saturday, January 07, 2012

On Monday, I baked some ginger molasses cookies -present for a friend at work

I also baked some bacon brownies for my husband to take to the model car guys meeting on Tuesday. If you look closely you can see the bacon in this side view:

Today was oatmeal cookies for my niece. She was in Las Vegas partying in up when the family met last Sunday so we're getting together tomorrow:

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ELYMWX 1/10/2012 9:59PM

    Never had bacon brownies. Black bean brownies, yes, bacon no. I may just have to try that out...

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KKINNEA 1/10/2012 4:29PM

    Yum! Now I must go find a small cookie...

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/10/2012 4:11PM

    OMG like brownies are not high calories enough but you added bacon?
Did you get the new kitchen aide?

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KATRINAKRAUT 1/9/2012 3:45PM

    The bacon brownies sound most interesting. A man's man brownie...but then again, I never met a brownie I didn't like. And what human being does not like ginger. Yum!

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SPOOKYTHECAT 1/9/2012 2:49PM

    Ohhh, I am so intrigued by bacon brownies! Everything IS better with bacon, but even chocolate?

I'd try!

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KAMAPERRY 1/9/2012 1:54PM

    Ohhhh how did I know there would be cookies!!!! Can you bottle up what your house smells like and send me some?

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REEKU731 1/9/2012 11:42AM

    Lovin' the food porn honey!! It all looks fabulous!!! And those brownies TOTALLY just made my tummy grumble!! YUM!!!

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STRINGS58 1/9/2012 7:15AM

    biz-ee! They look good! I'm going on a muffin kick - food to send to school with my daughter. I'm thinking of carrot and apple as I have them in the house.

I'm smelling your kitchen - smells great by the way!

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KEK_KEISH 1/9/2012 3:03AM

    Mmmm -- Delicioso! Esp the oatmeal.. my fav!!

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LISAINMS 1/8/2012 6:40PM

    Mmmmmm ginger molasses. My inbox is patiently waiting for that recipe.

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BUTEAFULL 1/8/2012 3:38PM

    okay you see all the responses you are getting about the brownies, now you have to blog with the recipe and instructions for all of us so we can make our own, you got us all salivating with these fabulous photos
maybe you should open up a bakery shop

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SOKKERNUT 1/8/2012 12:47PM

    Yummmmmyyy! And guess what? I had already eaten before I read your post! emoticon WOW Bacon brownies never heard of that you always have creative cooking baking in your head don't ya! emoticon
Have a great weekend.

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YAMINOKODOMO 1/8/2012 10:31AM

    How was the bacon brownies? I have always heard that bacon and chocolate taste really good together and I have seen a couple of desserts while watching food network with bacon and it looks SO good!

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JLITT62 1/8/2012 4:46AM

    Bet the guys will love those brownies! Not that everyone won't love their treats of course, but guys love their bacon!

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INIT2LIVEIT 1/8/2012 4:14AM

    Your friends must love you. I bet you smell like vanilla all the time too :)

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    OH Yum!!! Bacon, gotta love that one.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/7/2012 8:04PM

    I bet the dudes loved the brownies! I personally would be too busy trying to fit one ginger molasses with one oatmeal in my mouth at the same time. Have fun with your niece!

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WONDERWOMAN 1/7/2012 8:03PM

    Ahhhhh - Bacon our secret ingredient. I gotta get that bacon brownie recipe. Great pics.

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    Yum yum yum!

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APIRLRAIN888 1/7/2012 7:15PM

    Bacon brownie? Really chocolate and bacon my hubby fav...interesting

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RHONDALYN10 1/7/2012 7:11PM

Bacon and tell....

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DELERIOUS64 1/7/2012 7:04PM

    I love bacon AND brownies but can't imagine them together... I can almost taste the other 2 they look so good!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/7/2012 7:02PM

    Wow, how yummy! I'm still trying to imagine what the bacon brownies taste like.

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LARIESHA 1/7/2012 6:58PM

    Yummy! There should be a law against mixing chocolate and bacon. Two of my favorites. LOL!

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Friday Update

Friday, January 06, 2012

Here's what's been happening since I last blogged:
Sunday we had a nice get together with the family at Pizza Jacks to celebrate Christmas. My husband and I ordered a very tasty Mexican pizza with carnitas instead of carne asada...yum!! I got some coffee and an Amazon gift card as presents...pretty good score :-)
Monday I had the day off and did some baking...ginger cookies, bacon brownies and hazlenut muffins. Sorry no pics since I'm at work. I will post them later or tomorrow. I also did P90X Chest & Back using the new pull-up bar. I can bring it down so I can keep my feet on the floor. Works pretty well. I also called KitchenAid and they are sending a replacement mixer.
Tuesday was back at work but first I got in a run :-)
Wednesday was P90X Shoulders &Arms.
Thursday I did 2 miles run. My foot has been sore on both sides. I think my ankle is still not back to normal and those tendons are pissed off. The sole of that foot was also pretty sore during some of the run. My butt has been sore on that side. Not sure if it's piriformis syndrome, sciatica or a pulled muscle. It definitely starts hurting after I start walking and if I bend over.
I have decided to take some rest running, no P90X until at least Monday and then I will re-evaluate. Maybe a week would be a good idea.
I do have the Galloway Running Retreat coming up on the 20th and I would like to be able to participate in some of the runs that weekend. I guess I'll see what I feel like by next Friday. Maybe see if I can defer it to the next time if I'm not up do doing the running.
Happy Friday!!!
Shabbat Shalom!!
Have a great weekend, my friends :-)

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KAMAPERRY 1/9/2012 1:56PM

    Good job on P90X! How do you do the bar with your feet on the floor? I need to try that. Now please take care of yourself and don't overdo, ok? emoticon

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REEKU731 1/9/2012 11:47AM

    Sounds like you've got lots going on! That Mexican Pizza sounds killer!

I'm sorry to hear you're still having foot issues! Definitely rest and see if it improves! Have you incorporated yoga and pilates regularly to strengthen those tendons? I found that really helped me a lot when my joints were weaker.

Anyways - hope you had a fabulous weekend and Happy Monday (or at least as happy as Mondays can be! haha)

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VYVIENN 1/9/2012 2:58AM

    Oooh, P90X and running, hehe! Good for you!! I'm already excited you're going to the Galloway retreat, please take lot of notes!!!! We just completed our first week of the new run program (and I'm shamelessly copying off Jeff here), though my first attempt at P90X fizzled out with a week and a half to go. I just don't have it in me right now. But heck, there can always be a round 2! DH has ordered the new pullup assist thingy from BeachBody, and my goal is to try the pullup program Steph and Nina did last year, because I can't do a one! emoticon

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INIT2LIVEIT 1/7/2012 2:33PM

    Feel better Nat! Hope the rest gives you the break your body needs.
Do you need to return the original kitchenaid you got? What happens in cases like that?

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YAMINOKODOMO 1/7/2012 11:32AM

    Wow you have been nice and busy this week! lol Thats great!

The mexican pizza sounds amazing.. lol! Woohoo on the coffee and gift card!

How are you liking p90x? I kinda want to check p90x2 and see how hard that one is lol

I hope your foot feels less sore today.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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WENDYSPARKS 1/7/2012 9:44AM

    Rest your foot so you can have fun on that run.

Wendy emoticon

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    Rest up and see how it goes from there.

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BUTEAFULL 1/6/2012 11:53PM

    swap the hazel nuts for macadamia nuts and NOW you're talking

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KKINNEA 1/6/2012 5:35PM

    Definitely rest up for Galloway - sounds like a can't miss!

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HARRINGTON5 1/6/2012 5:24PM

    That retreat sounds great, but don't push it. You are just getting back on your feet and I would hate to hear that you pushed too hard and got injured. Have a restful weekend.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/6/2012 5:02PM

    Good luck, Nat. I hope you don't have to delay that retreat.

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/6/2012 4:58PM

    ooh don't like that foot update. You need to have a stern talking to that foot lady! emoticon we got home late last night, so no run this morning.

Off to see my aunt now, she had a stroke and was moved closer to my cousin for rehab.

Busy day tomorrow, hope I can get a run in Sunday! have a great weekend!

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LARIESHA 1/6/2012 4:11PM

    Busy busy. Hope your foot and butt are feeling better soon. Rest days are good, so take it slow for a lil bit like you planned. Sending some good vibes your way so that you feel better. Coffee and a gift card that is a good score.

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BREW99 1/6/2012 2:09PM

    Oh my goodness you are making me tired again with your posts. haha Either you make me tired or hungry... hehe Glad you had such a wonderful week! It's just an added plus to be able to get coffee for a present - love usable presents!!!

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JLITT62 1/6/2012 1:13PM

    Sorry your body isn't cooperating more - sooooo frustrating. I think the rest days are a very good idea. We're all crossing our paws that you'll be able to fully participate in the Galloway clinic - & that's a lot of paws!

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MYTURN11 1/6/2012 12:56PM

    Wow you have been busy Nat!

My chiro said that he was not going to tell me not to run only that running is not good for me. Since I smashed my ankle years ago he said I am not A symmetrical on my left side. I have the same pain as you. I just smile when he says it and tell him I will see ya next week or the next. When he is done with putting bones back when bones go, then I am off to a massage therapist to take care of the muscle/tissues.

I told my Chiro that it only hurts when I run that 1st mile after that there is no pain. He said that is because the endorphins kick in and they are natural pain killers. :-D

I also got back to doing my Pilates which helps allot.

Especially since you were wearing that boot for awhile maybe a chiro and then a massage? Hope you get some relief and feel better soon. That Galloway retreat sounds awesome!!!

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SOKKERNUT 1/6/2012 12:24PM

    I sure hope your feet/booty feel better soon. Sorry to hear you are still having problems with them. REST is a good thing, keep us posted.

Sounds like you had a busy week, I was pooped just reading it! LOL....

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LAURIE5658 1/6/2012 12:22PM

    Natalie, I am with Catherine on the massage therapist. My chiro does my ART treatments which is a glorified DEEP DEEP massage that hurts like a booger but very effective. My problems that lead to discomfort is usually bunched up nerves that Dr. Lake works her magic on or the buildup of adhesions on tendons and ligaments, etc.

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APIRLRAIN888 1/6/2012 12:21PM

    Rest is good, thx for push this morning

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 1/6/2012 12:13PM

    Have you ever considered going to a good massage therapist? They can actually be quite helpful in diagnosing the sorce of some kinds of pain. I.e. ifs it knots in muscle or coming from the tendons or ligaments or fascia. Or some combination.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/6/2012 11:55AM

    I hope all the kinks get worked out. The pull up bar sounds fun! Maybe if I had one I wouldn't describe it with thag particular word, though.

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 1/6/2012 10:58AM

    Oh no, I'm so sorry you're still dealing with foot issues! I feel so bad for you, it stinks when you want to be so active and can't! As always, sending healing thoughts your way!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/6/2012 10:11AM

    Bacon brownies???? Sorry to hear of lingering foot pain w/ added pain in the butt. Yikes! Have a good day.

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KARENDEE4 1/6/2012 10:11AM

    A Galloway retreat sounds like fun!

Hope the ankle is feeling better!

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It's a good thing I kept my old mixer

Saturday, December 31, 2011

I got up this morning and did my last official workout of the year..P90X YogaX. Whew!! That's a lot of yoga. No crow or plow poses for me, though.
Then I decided to check out my new mixer. wouldn't turn on. Kind of sucks. Customer service is only M-F, so I'll have to wait to call them.
I baked cayenne brownies yesterday. They don't require a mixer.

Today I fired up the trusty pink (for breast cancer) 5 quart KitchenAid Artisan and baked some Superdoodles . A King Arthur Flour recipe that calls for adding cinnamon chips to the dough. I substituted white chocolate chips and added some cinnamon to the dough. These are for my sister in law and she is very fond of white chocolate.

Getting ready to settle in for a movie or maybe some Rockband.
Happy New Year! emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/5/2012 4:32PM

    How in the world did I miss this blog, sheesh. Guess the horrible stuffy cold I have has dulled my senses. I surely wouldn't have missed the aroma of those delightful goodies coming from California, hee hee.

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REEKU731 1/5/2012 11:07AM

    Holy cow! Sorry to hear about your new mixer! Its so pretty! Hope you can get it replaced! Your food porn looks amazing as always!!!

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KAMAPERRY 1/3/2012 2:09PM

    Sorry about the mixer, I hope they can fix or replace quickly! My last workout was with Bob Harper emoticon emoticon

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/3/2012 10:49AM

    bummer on not being able to play w/ the new toy! What you have looks great though! Good thing for keeping the back up!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 1/3/2012 10:41AM

    Awesome looking desserts! Hope you get the new mixer to work. Happy New Year!

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BREW99 1/2/2012 6:07PM

    Mmmmm Looks good as always. emoticon Glad you had some backup plans for baking.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/1/2012 8:58PM

    that is too bad about the mixer. but yay for the yummy goodness that you were able to bake without it! the brownies look wonderful! i wonder about the cinnamon chips. have you tasted them? i bought a bag because i had never seen them. i need to read the ingredients and then get up the nerve to taste them. i love cinnamon though, so they should be great, right?

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    It looks amazing!!!

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STRINGS58 1/1/2012 4:41PM

    Sorry about the mechanical problems, but pshhh - that doesn't stop you!!! Happy New Year!

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LARIESHA 1/1/2012 1:31PM

    Hope it is a easy fix on the mixer. The goodies look great. Happy New Year to you!

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LISAINMS 1/1/2012 12:58PM

    Hope it's just a fluke with the mixer. I loathe having to return/exchange something new. Your treats look yummy!

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    Oh nooo :( I hope the exchange is quick and easy. Goodies look delicious!

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FITTGRRL 1/1/2012 11:50AM

    Oh no! it is a good thing that you did keep the old one :)

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APIRLRAIN888 1/1/2012 10:39AM

    Oh no!!!!!!! Maybe I should plug ours in, bought for sis haven't opened it

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LAURIE5658 1/1/2012 9:22AM

    Natalie, say it ain't so! Ergh! The cookies look dreamy!


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TEDDYBABE 1/1/2012 8:39AM

    Ohh so sorry to hear about the new mixer. The goodies look fabulous!

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WONDERWOMAN 1/1/2012 8:33AM

    Love the superdoodles - thanks for hooking me up with the recipe. That STINKS about the mixer. Hope it is resolved soon.

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INIT2LIVEIT 1/1/2012 4:36AM

    Good thing you still had the pink one. Hope you get an easy answer when you call on Monday and its not too frustrating.

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    Aww, that sucks that you're mixer isn't working. It is a good thing you have the other one. Looks good, everything looks good.

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/31/2011 11:13PM

    Yummy stuff. Bummer about your mixer. Happy New Year!

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BUTEAFULL 12/31/2011 10:21PM

    oh how I have missed seeing your wonderful baking results and how you tweak the recipes yummo

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JLITT62 12/31/2011 8:50PM

    Geez, you can't catch a break lately! Hope it can be worked out soon.

We just finished watching Avatar & now it's bedtime for me!

Happy new year!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/31/2011 8:31PM

    Great job on the P90X Yoga! That sounds fierce.
Booooo! The brownies and cookies sound and look delicious anyway. Bummer though!
I tried to make cookies today and the stupid mixing bowl I just got is the wrong one so I have to send it back. No cookies today. Maybe I'll do brownies tomorrow.
Happy New Year, have fun!

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