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Just got an object lesson in why I need to use the walking stick and yes, I really am mildly mobility-impaired even if I just look fat.

I was trying to walk quickly around the block to catch an Arbok when my left foot came down where the sidewalk suddenly wasn't. I felt the momentary shock of there was supposed to be pavement there followed by the slightly sick sensation of that ankle starting to turn as only one part of the edge of the foot hit dirt, and then the foot of the stick hit the ground right where it was supposed to and I got my foot right back out of the hole. Didn't fall, didn't turn the ankle; probably would have done both if I hadn't had the stick for stability. I can feel that I stretched a ligament on one side of the ankle a little further than it really wanted to be stretched, but it's not painful, just a little uncomfortable.

So yeah. Whatever damage the gout did to both feet and ankles is still bad enough I need to be a tripod, and the likelihood of that ever really going away is pretty low. And that sucks.

Also I managed to catch a rhinovirus from the instructor for my AP Calculus training this week, but fortunately it's not a bad one - I just need to stay away from people for another couple of days so as not to get anyone else sick.
omorka: (McCoy Doubts It)
I know I bitched about my recent medical issues on Tumblr, but I don't think I mentioned them here when they happened. Short short version: we discovered that my recurring foot issues for the past three years or so were not the result of my injuring myself and then not remembering what I did; they were an atypical case of gout, or more specifically gouty arthritis. So now I'm on meds, a heavily restricted diet, and an occasional cane. The restricted diet was even more restricted up until a month ago, but now I've been cleared for pretty much anything vegetarian, plus occasional chicken and/or chicken broth (but no alcohol, except for the occasional splash of white wine for cooking). This has resulted in my having to learn to grocery shop, and to some extent cook, all over again.

Oddly enough, my father (who developed gout in his very late fifties but had recurring foot problems before then that I now suspect might have been related) was given much stronger meds and much looser dietary restrictions when he was diagnosed. I'm not sure if that's because the medical industry assumes that everything wrong with a woman is a lifestyle issue, while anything wrong with a man is clearly a disease, or if the underlying assumption is that men are just less likely to comply with the restricted diet.

On the bright side, I now have a socially acceptable excuse for turning down a whole host of fish and seafoods that I don't like anyway, so there's that.
omorka: (Doctor Borealis)
I want bumper stickers that say "I support Griswold v. Connecticut." Although "I use birth control and I vote" might also be nice. You know it's bad when I'm on Big Pharma's side in an argument, godsdamn.

Anyway, I'm not normally a big fan of Funny Or Die, but Women's Health Experts Speak Out was pretty darn good.
omorka: (Doctor Borealis)
I want bumper stickers that say "I support Griswold v. Connecticut." Although "I use birth control and I vote" might also be nice. You know it's bad when I'm on Big Pharma's side in an argument, godsdamn.

Anyway, I'm not normally a big fan of Funny Or Die, but Women's Health Experts Speak Out was pretty darn good.
omorka: (Dice Dice Baby)
. . . Spouse and I are both still (a) headachy and logy, and (b) very clearly contagious, so I don't think we'll make it to Con-Jour after all. *mopes* I was looking forward to it, too. But I also don't want to be the source of a round of con crud. *sigh*
omorka: (Dice Dice Baby)
. . . Spouse and I are both still (a) headachy and logy, and (b) very clearly contagious, so I don't think we'll make it to Con-Jour after all. *mopes* I was looking forward to it, too. But I also don't want to be the source of a round of con crud. *sigh*

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