Thursday, June 2, 2016

A good follow up appointment with my podiatrist

Bit of good news today..... Over the past few years I have been working with the Podiatry department of my local VA facility to try and get some good shoes and custom orthotics developed so that I can have as normal of a gait as possible.... After my TM onset, I lost all muscle strength in my lower legs and my ankles also had no strength so when I walked, my feet and ankles would bend in and I would walk on the inside of my feet... I also became a heel walker and all of my weight was placed on my heels.... Because of all of this I eventually developed Plantars Fasciitis and that made it excruciatingly painful for me to step on any sort of slightly hard surface if I was in my bare feet. I started seeing the podiatrist at the VA...she is a specialist with the types of problems I have... My first thing was that I needed a good pair of athletic type shoes that had some decent tread on them...... My very first pair were like walking shoes and had very flat bottoms on them and during the winter I could barely walk because I would slide all over and I fell a few times because of that. So, shoes with some tread helped there... Then they worked on some inserts to help cushion my heels...after about three different types of inserts they decided to make custom molds of the bottoms of my feet and they made me some custom inserts.. Those worked for awhile....a couple of years actually, and during one of my appointments they noticed that my walk pattern was terrible... The entire inside part of my soles was wore away and the outer part was hardly touched.... So, new custom molds were taken of my feet.....and new inserts were made... When I got the inserts I was looking at them.... These suckers were high tech....made out of some serious rubber type material but with these silicone inserts in a couple of places.... They were made to help correct the way my feet and ankles would bend in when I walked.... Well, today I had a follow up appointment. It's been 6 months since I got the newest shoes and inserts.... and my podiatrist was extremely happy.... My pressure pattern on the inserts was perfect and the wear pattern on the bottom of my shoes was also perfect... I had a couple of spots where the inserts were rubbing callouses on my feet so she took some stick on teflon pads in the areas where my feet rub and she said that those should take care of the rubbing. I honestly don't notice a difference that I remember, with the way I used to walk prior to these new inserts but my podiatrist assured me that if they hadn't figured this out, I would have continued to get worse and worse and it would have caused much more problems down the line with trying to walk. I still have occasional problems with the Plantars Fasciitis and that's not gonna go away but at least now, these inserts make a little less painful to walk when the PF is acting up.... I still walk like a gimp with my cane, but at least this gimp walks flat on my feet now.... :-) A little video to close with.... Till Next Time......

Saturday, May 14, 2016

It's been a year

Well, I haven't posted here on my blog for about a year.... Not really sure why I took a sabbatical from this but I did....perhaps I got bored with trying to remember some of the things that occurred between posts... I would like to get this blog going again.....I really don't think I will even try to cover any of the stuff that's happened since I last posted, I think I'll just start new from now. Although things aren't quite as exciting as they once were, back when TM was so new and I was learning more and more about it nearly every day, things still do happen..... So, I'll give this a go and start off again with some updates on occasion and see where this leads... For today...... It's my 8th anniversary of my TM onset.... A pretty uneventful day so far. Same old stuff.....I was up about 2am....legs killing me. Aches and cramps. Weather is crappy...rainy and humid. That's never a good recipe for my symptoms.. I'll make it through though, I always do. So....that's all for now....I'll see what else I can think of and post again soon... Here's a little video that's fitting for today.... John Hiatt with It Feels Like Rain.. Till Next Time......

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Happy Anniversary

Sending out a wonderful "Happy Anniversary" to my wonderful, beautiful wife..... 15 years we've been married.....7 of them with me having TM.... My TM hit 13 days prior to our 8th anniversary...We were on vacation when it hit.. frown emoticon The last 7 years have put things to the test to say the least and my wife has been amazing. I couldn't have asked for anything better....She has been my absolute jewel helping to take care of some of my TM issues as they've come along and being there for me through thick and thin. I certainly wish that the last 7 years had been different and that she didn't have to deal with me putting up with this. She didn't marry me to have to deal with this mess......but I love her for being there for me. I've kidded her on occasion .....My Lizzie is my third marriage.....and sometimes I've kidded her that she's the best wife I ever had...... Well.....I mean that.. She is the best wife I could have ever asked for.... I'm the luckiest damn guy.......and thankful beyond words...!! Lizzie....I Love You.....!! I hope and wish that the next 7 years and beyond, bring better things for us....