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What to do when you can't do anything?

Ok so I do get up and go to work every morning, not because I want to but the bills say I have to.  After work I come home and sit, not because I want to but because that is all that I am up to these days.  Sense September of last year I have been having problems with my foot.  I have been to four, count them, 4 doctors sense October about this foot.  Each one has told me something different, suggested something different, or performed something different on my foot and yet I still have pain that pardon the pun, knocks me off my feet.  I have another appointment tomorrow with yet another doctor in the same clinic who will look at my foot and I'm sure will tell me something different about my foot and expect me to do something different.

So where does this leave me with my broken star quilt that I was working on?  I did manage to get the outer ring started.....

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Comment by LKC on January 23, 2016 at 8:48am

I am so sorry your foot pain has been one Dr after another.  I am doing this with my right eye. Every Dr. I see wants me to come back in six weeks. As my sister says about her husband heart care, I am going broke just paying for copay. Yesterday I got the papers for income taxes. I stopped work last April for if you are going blind it really is hard to see. I was seeing double and everything was odd shaped. It was very hard to sew. After six doctors I now have prism glasses, got them;just before Christmas break- only one week to work and it would be "iffy" for a sub to work and I had to learn to drive again and walk. My income for the year was half. I work to off set the cost of health insurance, doctors bills and my sewing habit.  Lucky us, our home is paid for and I turned 65. The price of health insurance went down by 2/3.  Three doctors said I could have surgery but before that is done I had to have testing. Which I did this January. Now that bill is $10,000 along with all the returns visits. I fully understand your pain and how the doctors seem to be guessing. Nerve pain is not fun. I have it in my right foot from car accident. I  sew, it keeps me from thinking about the pain. As one PT told me, press your weight to your right foot.  Maybe he was joking.  Only you know the level of pain you feel. Like only I know what I can see. I had a real nerve pain test for blindness, the answer, Dr. Nancy said," it is not as bad as she thought, but it is coming." How did I know? So the early medicine has helped to slow the process. 

Comment by Kathy/WA on January 22, 2016 at 9:47pm

A co-worker mentioned this to me as well Shannon and I have a feeling that is part of the problem as well as this procedure that the doctor has done.  Funny thing is none of them have ordered any x-rays of the offending foot! 

Comment by Shannon, ON on January 22, 2016 at 8:59pm

just a thought. i had this once and the pain was terrible.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantar_fasciitis

Comment by Kathy/WA on January 22, 2016 at 6:29pm

Ok so the story goes this way, in October I went in thinking I had a planters wart to get frozen off. Dr. freezes the heck out of my foot.  Go home rest, don't know why couldn't feel my foot.  Over the weekend tremendous pain, can't walk much less work.  Go to urgent care clinic, looks like frostbite, go see your Dr.  Can't get appointment with my doctor till December, remember this is October.  In the mean while called my insurance company 'cause nothing was paid on the bill.  It was listed as "cosmetic". Had to call Doctors office to have them rebill.  Also complained about not being able to see my Doctor for 1 1/2 months.  They couldn't get me an appointment with my Dr. but they did get me an appointment with another in the same office.  The next morning my Doctor calls me to come in to office.  He looks at foot, walks out comes back numbs my foot cuts it open and pull out a corn wraps foot sends me home.  Now the pain is even worse, Neuropathy would be the correct word for this and I am now into mid November with this and taking pain pills several times a day.  Call Doctors office and can't get an appointment until December.  When I do see him, "oh looks like you have nerve damage." and he sends me home. I call and ask for referral to Podiatris (sp?) That comes up at the end of Feb.  So called company to get a new family Dr. and saw this one twice.  It turns out that this clinic is interns with family dr to watch over them.  First visit, this nice young wanna be Dr. is clearly more interested in me getting all those wellness tests done and finally brings in the real Dr.  She looks at foot and cuts off dead skin and prescribes all kinds of drugs for nerve damage.  Go home to ponder this and realize my foot didn't hurt like before.  Skip the drugs and go back to work.  By the weekend, again foot hurts and call doctors office and get another appointment.  I get to see another intern who wants to cut this white spot out of my foot.  Whooa says me.  I am out of vacation time and sick time, I need to get back to work the next day.  Family doctor that I saw the week before comes back in and again cuts dead skin off foot.  So what is this, frostbite from the freezing/ callus from the surgery?  No answers.  How long is this going to go on?  Days, weeks, months?  Months says the doctor.  I can't keep coming in every  week so they can keep cutting dead skin off the surgery site.  See the podiatrist next month they say.  Ok I need Doctors note for work.  We have to wear black shoes at work and the ones I have (all 3 pairs) just make the pain worse for my foot.  I have white ones that I can wear all day and feel fine.  It took four phone calls and two office visits just to get that note.  More to come next month when I get to meet yet another doctor....

Comment by Kathy Drinkwine on January 22, 2016 at 6:18pm

The photos - both quilt and shirt - caught my eye.  Love them both.

May I add my two cents worth?  Consider seeing a physical therapist.  They are doing amazing things with pain these days - often times able to alleviate pain that physicians aren't able to do.  Pain often shows up in one part of the body when it begins in another.  Whatever you do, I hope it gets better.

Comment by Irene Gallway on January 22, 2016 at 5:49am

Kathy have they ruled out Neuropathy (not sure if this is the correct spelling) Bud has this and suffer's untold misery.  It is usually caused by diabetes but Bud is not diabetic.  I hope you find comfort soon.

I love that quilt your working on.  The colors are warm and cozy looking.

Comment by Barbara Graham on January 21, 2016 at 10:09am

The quilt is going to be gorgeous!!!!

Sorry about your foot. Those problems are so difficult to work around. Even if they can't fix it completely, I hope they can find a way to make you more comfortable. My floors are cold in the winter and that triggers my Reynaud's in my toes, which makes me scream, so I always keep fur lined slippers nearby.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on January 20, 2016 at 9:26am

Unrelenting pain is very difficult to manage.  It causes depression, and a general negative outlook on things.  (Been there)  Good luck with this new doctor; do not give up.

I love your work; neutrals kinda grab me.  Hope you can continue work on it soon.  Your points are spectacular!

Comment by Pam/NY on January 20, 2016 at 7:04am

Another masterpiece in the works...

Good luck with the foot...

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on January 19, 2016 at 7:00pm

Very frustrating.  Hope you get some answers soon.  The quilt is going coming along beautifully!

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