Sunday, September 20, 2020

Am I 48 or 84?

This whole week is going to be flooding rain thanks to Beta hovering over us.  Last I saw it wasn't going to become a hurricane, which is good news.  It's still a slow mover and is going to dump a lot of water on the Southern coast.   The forecast says we could get a foot of rain.  

Tuesday I had a podiatrist appointment.  For quite some time I have had the feeling of a hard marble under the ball of my left foot.  I first noticed it many many months ago when I stepped barefoot into the shower.  It didn't hurt... then.  It wasn't noticeable at all when I had shoes on so I kept going about my business thinking it would go away.  Gradually over time it grew sensitive then quite painful off and on.  I couldn't be barefoot on a hard surface or touch the ball of my foot. There were a few days last month where it was so painful I couldn't walk on it at all.  Thanks to Dr. Google I diagnosed myself and the podiatrist confirmed it:  Morton's Neuroma - a very painful swollen or thickened nerve in the ball of your foot. 

It's progressive and can require surgery to remove the nerve.   For now, I was given a steroid shot in the foot.  Or through the foot because the injection goes in the top by your toes all the way to the nerve on the bottom.  OMG I was not warned that it would hurt so much.  I got dizzy and teary eyed it hurt so much.  SO painful.  The days following were worse than before the shot.  My foot turned red and swollen.  I couldn't walk on it at all for 2 days.  I'm still hobbling around like an 80 year old woman and can't put all my weight on my foot.  I go back to the doc in a month, which he did mention sometimes it takes more than one steroid shot. (oh no not again.)  Sometimes they don't work at all and the only solution is to remove the neuroma.  In the mean time, I'm attempting some self care suggestions I found online.  I bought some Vionic shoes to try.  Ice, calf stretches, toe separators, toe socks, metatarsal pads, pain meds, and lots of rest.  I have no idea what caused this because I'm not a runner and I don't wear tight pointy shoes or high heels ever.  I'm trying to be positive, but this is a long term condition and has gotten me feeling pretty down.  

Just so this post isn't all gloomy, here's little Deme cat with her round little belly that's getting rounder by the day.  Kittens in two weeks or so is my guess.  She really is the sweetest little kitty.  


  1. Ouch, I heard those were quite painful; sorry it got to you! Since the majority of things we do require walking I can see why this would cause you to be down if you can't be as mobile as you want to be. Those steroid shots are painful for sure!! I hope yours doesn't require more than one shot to make yourself feel a bit better. Glad the kitty will be in a safe place when she is having her kittens!


  2. Sending you positive vibes, Mel!

    Hey, do you check your spam box? I think some of my comments might have ended up there!

  3. More rain? Goodness.

    My heart (and foot) hurts for you and your foot issue right now. As much as I hate surgery, that sounds like it might be the best option right now. No? Steroid shots hurt like a mo-fo.
    Sending good thoughts your way and hoping your foot feels better soon, I just can't imagine....

    Baby mama is so cute and I know she just appreciates you so much.

  4. Ouch! That sounds painful. I hope that you're feeling better Mellie! Be well and stay safe!

  5. I'm so sorry you are going through this. Sounds awful. When I walk on my left foot, it tends to go inward, and I'm supposed to wear supportive shoes if I walk a long distance. I hope you start to feel better soon. Those shots can be quite helpful I've heard. Your pregnant cat is a cutie. : )