So, I’m apparently 29-going-on-70. Why? I mean, aside from the knitting and quilting? Because I’ve been going to a podiatrist. Every time I’m in there, I feel like I pull the average age down about a decade. Anyways, I have a bum left foot. I noticed over the summer that my foot really hurt when I wore sneakers. Turns out, I have a tailor’s bunion. Essentially, a sort of mal-formed bone in my foot, which then has caused a lump or cyst on the outside of my foot, making the balls of my feet much wider. Hence, the foot pain in sneakers but not flip-flops. Anyways, we’ve tried a few things to get the lump to go down, but it’s just not happening, and it also doesn’t deal with the root cause of the problem: the bad bone.
I have two options. One option is to just live with it, work around it. I could try getting wide-width shoes, but of course I only would need it for one foot. Hrm. I have one pair of shoes (other than flip flops) that I can wear (very similar to these). But the reason I can wear them is that they have little cutouts, one of which is in precisely the right spot for my lumpy foot. Those cutouts are going to prove a problem once it snows. And they don’t exactly go with anything other than shlumpy jeans.
Option two is having an outpatient surgery to fix both the lump and the root cause. It’s a one-day, local-anesthesia kind of thing, so the procedure itself isn’t a huge deal. However… it means I would be in bed or on crutches for probably a week, and then in a removeable cast for 1-3 more weeks. Does anyone else think that doesn’t sound especially good for a stay-at-home mom who is the primary caretaker of two toddlers? Yeeeah.
I’m a little conflicted. On the one hand, it’s by no means a life-threatening condition. I could go about my business wearing inappropriate shoes in cold weather. It hurts a little sometimes, but not all that bad. Do I really want to go through a possibly painful surgery and very inconvenient recovery period for something so minor? On the other hand, it has become clear that it isn’t going to get better on its own. It may not get tons worse, but it definitely won’t get better. Should I just fix it once and for all?
I’m leaning towards getting it done. But the childcare issue is a major one. What might work out the best is to have it done right before Thanksgiving. Then M will be home for the long weekend, and hopefully my mom can come out after that. We’ll see… Bleh, bleh, bleh. What a pain in the ass.
On a positive note, we tried out a new playground after the doctor’s office! [You like how I threw in a gratuitous photo of my kids, there? Yeah, baby.] The trouble with being a SAHM and having no family around is that you have to bring the kids everywhere, including miscellaneous podiatrist appointments. Playing at the park for a while seemed only fair.