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Exogen and TCM Are Working

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My Exogen Bone Stimulator and TCM are working - just four more weeks!

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You may have read my post from a few weeks ago when I first received my Exogen 4000 Bone Growth Stimulator. It's been four weeks, and yesterday I visited with the podiatrist to review new x-rays.

One of the problems with broken bones is that you cannot see the signs of healing. My toe is still swollen, still gets red at the end of a few hours on my feet, and my toenail is just gross. So whether I still had (as the doctor called it) "mush" for a distal phalange or knitting bone, I still saw and felt the same big toe.

So we sit down, and he pulls up an x-ray that looks horrible - still lots of pieces. We were disheartened until the doc says, "This was your LAST x-ray." Breathe huge sigh of relief. Then he opens the new x-ray.

What a difference! Only a few big pieces instead of many small ones, and those big pieces are knitting!

No pain on squeezing my toe, or on plantar/dorsal flexion. Still pain on weight bearing with flexion.

So, just four more weeks of twice daily Exogen and the boot (which I just had resoled).

I was told to bring stiff soled shoes (including left) to next visit on 9/27. So happy!

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Broken Toe Update

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Broken Toe Update

Just when I thought that my broken big toe extravaganza couldn't get worse, it did!

Saw podiatrist yesterday who informed me that at least one of the 5 breaks in my crushed distal phalange is simply not coming together. Which means that this whole process will take much longer than expected.

Now I require a bone stimulator and I have to wear my giant boot (cam walker, as they so lovingly put it) for the next five weeks until x-ray 8/30. Even better, I have to wear the walker in the house, even "just to go to the bathroom". No weight bearing without boot!

At least my boot is bedazzled!

My friend Liz who bedazzled my boot!

And when I am not weight-bearing I am to be resting, icing, and elevating as much as possible. Yes, that means sitting on a ball when teaching and doing nothing outside when I am not. No exercise :(

Those of you who know me, know that this is killing me. I hate feeling helpless. I hate not exercising. And I hate feeling out of control of my own body.

I am always used to helping. And there is nothing I can do here to help other than rest. This sucks and I am totally frustrated.