Dan Vs. Shoes

Yesterday, I added a new chapter to that soulful saga of soles that has become an extreme exercise in extremity anxiety. As usual, the outcome was a stalemate, and a tie always goes to the running-shoe. Facing the archenemy of arch-support is exhausting, and even when I win, finding cleats that fits my feets is always a bittersweet feat. My piggy-curator is ready for a pygmy-castrator to end the war of me vs. shoes once and for all.

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Health Central Article On Hip Replacement

Hip_Replacement_ProblemsMy friend Lene Andersen wrote a very informative and entertaining article (as usual), and this one discusses total hip replacement and everything that goes along with it.  If you’ve ever wanted to know about what it feels like to have a total hip done, and what things to do and not do, check it out!

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Ankle Surgery Goes Awry?

anklereplaceTrust is a funny thing.  How does the saying go?  “Trust takes a lifetime to build and one second to ruin.”  That’s not exactly true, though, is it?  In fact, in some situations trust can be given as fast as it’s destroyed – one second.  We trust so many people each day with decisions that range from inconsequential to life altering, and doctors especially seem to gain our trust within the span of just one visit, which sometimes lasts less than fifteen minutes.

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New Year, New Ankle

ankle-replacementBy the time you read this, the ball will have dropped and the New Year will have officially started. As my faithful readers know, I did not post a blog entry last newsletter, and for that I truly apologize. In addition, because of the multiple postponements and delays that occurred with the right ankle replacement, the “ankle replacement blog” that I had planned to write also fell by the wayside. I have no excuse, and for all of this I throw myself on the mercy of the court. All I can do is relate the facts that I have been dealing with for the past month or so and let you make your own decision whether or not to lynch me.

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Ankle Replacement Surgery, Finally!

anklereplaceWell, here we are yet again. I still have not had my ankle replacement surgery. I know, it sounds like a bad joke at this point, but it’s true. The comedy of errors that has resulted in four postponements of my procedure is quite a tale. I will share a bit of it with you now.

When we last checked in, I was writing about my impending ankle surgery and If I remember correctly it was the coming Monday that the surgery was scheduled for. Well, I showed up that Monday, prepared for the surgery to take place. It was a late procedure, happening around dinner time, so I was not going to be in recovery until well after visiting hours.

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Surgery Cancelled Due To Doctor Politics

House-M.DLast time, I gave you the last piece of writing before I underwent the knife once again. This time getting my ankle replaced, I spoke about all the old fears and concerns surfacing anew. Well, the surgery has been postponed, much to my chagrin. Postponed not because of any valid, medical reason, but because of medical politics, a subject that I have spoken on before.

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My Triumphant Return

returnsAs many of you who follow my posts every other week know, I have been conspicuously absent for a month or so. Like Big Ben or Old Faithful, I could always be counted on to provide a new entry every two weeks like clockwork. Well, sadly, that perfect record now has a blemish on it. I was unable to perform my duties as your purveyor of Rheumatoid Arthritis facts and R.A. related info, but I assure you there is a good reason.

As those of you who follow my shoulder replacement blog know, I went under the Continue reading “My Triumphant Return” »

The Import Of Support

supportA few days ago I experienced one of the most painful episodes in the entire tenure of my life with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I had to be rushed to the hospital in the back of an ambulance, and then spent six hours in the ER while I was “repaired.” As I was lying on the gurney, I began to think about what life would be like if I could not count on the support structure I have availed myself of for years. Sitting in that hospital, I realized that having people you can rely on when you need help is probably the single most important asset in Continue reading “The Import Of Support” »

Insurance Assurance

Health-Insurance-CompaniesMedical insurance. To some, all these two words signify is a cost that results in a bit less salary, or a backup plan in case any of those “what ifs” actually happen. To others, it means a political cause to rally for or against. To a few of us, though, medical insurance can be a godsend or a source of stress and worry. Either way, it’s a necessity. Anyone who suffers from chronic illness can tell you the value of an accommodating insurance company, or the headache of a stingy provider.

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Getting Back On The Horse

falling-off-the-horseThis week will mark the passing of the two-month boundary since the operation to “de-bulk” the bones of my left foot took place. It has been a long crawl since the progression of healing has not been as swift as I would have hoped. Of course, the fact that my body’s ability to repair itself has been compromised comes as no surprise, but that doesn’t mean it’s any easier to deal with.

As many of you who follow my column know, the bones on my left foot had become overgrown on the top and side of my left foot. This was due mostly to an old Continue reading “Getting Back On The Horse” »