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Friday, August 12, 2011

So yesterday I wrote the following status, which also went to Facebook: "Dawn is back from the foot doctor. Have a diagnosis and treatment, but not feeling very good right now...."

A friend, concerned about the obvious mechanical issue, wished me a speedy recovery. I was appreciative of that, and of course hope that this comes true, but my "not feeling very good right now", wasn't so much the foot pain that was bothering me, but the implications of having a heel spur..

I am very worried about the near future of exercise and the long term affects it may have on my hiking. I already have a neuroma in that foot, that is, thankfully very well managed (no pain) by wearing orthotics.. The doctor said summer often brings out the heel spur sufferers because they tend to go without orthotics more in the summer, which then irritates any abnormalities. I didn't think I was that inconsistent, but I do truly hope that resting this foot short term and being absolutely rigid about my orthotics will help. Just feeling rather out of control lately.

I've largely not been hiking with my husband this summer because I was concerned about a previous foot injury or my back, or the weather, or upcoming projects - all kinds of things... Of those excuses, some were legitimate, and some were just me not making exercise a priority. Now I'm sorry I did make the most of those chances. I wish I had No problems in my foot, and that I had the option of DOING a hike when I want to. I won't be going to our big state fair this weekend, and I won't be hiking much if at all during our whole week vacation in Maine (hiking has always been a MAJOR part of our vacations historically), and I don't know what the long term future holds either.. but here I an getting sidetracked about the future.. I need not worry about any of that, but rather need to concentrate on what I can do right now, this day to do well....

I took my vitamins and fish oil, I've already drank 32 oz, of water, and I've done both my back stretches/exercises as well as started "lengthening exercises" for my achilles and calf, which will in turn help take any pressure off of my foot and the heel burr. I have to be content for this day of doing whatever I can to be proactive within my means...

God is so good too. He has provided me with ministry opportunities which have been deeply satisfying and even showed me in the middle of the night that the Holy Spirit is alive and working within my own heart, mind and spirit....
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    Continue to focus on the positive. God works in His time...if we are patient and do what we can, what He wants for us will come in His time. Having said that, patience (except when dealing with a classroom full of junior high students) is not one of my virtues! I learned when I hurt my back to not pray for patience as that gets tried all the harder. LOL.

    DH2B and I also do a lot of hiking. He or the dog carry the water and extra hiking shoes and walking sticks for me. He'll walk as far as I think I can (and still get back to the car safely) and then he and the dog will go off for a walk while I rest in the car with my book. I hate that I can't always be super woman, but it's nice to have a supportive guy (and dog) at my side.

    Keep your chin up. We'll keep you in our prayers.

    2809 days ago
    Yes we must always remember how many things we have to be thankful for.It sounds like your doing a great job doing what you can.That is very motivating.You don't give up and that's wonderful Have a good weekend!!
    2809 days ago
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