Turning Potential Negatives Into Positives
Thursday, April 19, 2012
After years of foot discomfort AND never having shoes fit properly (bunions), last fall I worked bilateral foot surgery into my spring 2012 plan AND my cafeteria plan for 2012. I probably never would have done this without TOTALLY knowing how good my doctor is and the fact that they no longer break or shave your bones. They now realize that shaving the bone off does nothing but weaken your metatarsal bones.
The end result - FOUR days flat on my back only getting up for the bathroom, double post-op walking shoes (with rigid, flat bottoms) for 3-1/2 weeks, tennis shoes for 3 weeks and NO lower body exercise/cardio for about a month. Let me tell you, these shoes, black in color, to make my feet look slimmer, I'm sure, are horrific. I walk like Frankenstein!!
I will be honest - the spring we're having this year is stunning and it's been killing me that I can't get out to walk or hike. For 3-1/2 weeks, the ONLY thing I can do is upper body/core strength training and even my core is limited. Nothing that will put pressure on the bottom of my feet.
Over the past few days, I've really been struggling. I'm a very active person, constantly on the go and it's been making me nuts. I tried thinking about people who cannot walk at all. Didn't change my frustration. I tried to focus on what I COULD do instead of what I could NOT do. Still frustrated. I've had to think really hard to find the positives in this because it was really getting to me, but in the end, I came up with quite a few:
-I will eventually be able to play tennis again. I quit tennis 2-3 years ago because it's VERY hard on your feet with all of the stopping, starting and twisting and I would come home hurting
-I will be able to find shoes that fit properly
-I will have no daily discomfort from wearing shoes that are too tight
-For the first time in my life, I'm looking forward to shoe shopping
-This will last me for a lifetime, so I will go into old age with happy feet
In the end, as much as I have always despised these feet of mine, they have carried me through for many years and many miles. I truly appreciate them now in a way that was never the case before.
So I get these post-op walking shoes off in 13 days, but who's counting? I'm sure wearing tennis shoes for three weeks but not being able to do any distance walking will also be hard on me, but I'll try to focus on being able to dump the lovely black Frankenstein shoes.
I wanted to do a rare blog about this so I will ALWAYS remember to appreciate these feet in the future!