It certainly seems to be open season on our health! Oddly enough, separate and apart from each other, we have had unexpected health issues catch several of us by surprise. I put off sharing mine to see where things were going to go but when I saw the other ladies having issues too, it seemed that now might be a good time.
In keeping with the theme of this blog, I will tell you a bit about my drama and then share my take on the wonderful local businesses that helped me get through the beginnings of what will be an ongoing battle. A few regular readers may remember this horrible post about my bloody incident. Yes, I tripped and fell but the reality is that my left foot wasn’t fast enough to recover and catch itself, and the rest of me before it was too late.
Apparently I have “Drop Foot” (or “Foot Drop” — I’ve seen it called both) that causes my foot to not snap back the way it is supposed to when I walk. Hence I trip a lot. Those five stitches from that bloody incident were the last straw. I did a Google search to find out what runners do if they have drop foot. Sure enough, I am not alone.
Several people spoke of an AFO (ankle foot orthosis) device called “Toe Off” made by Allard USA. Exciting news! I made a long distance call to their offices and they told me all about it. They then told me they couldn’t sell it to me directly. I would have to work through a company that works on orthotics and prosthetics since they do not sell these things retail. Irritating, yes, but they do that to be sure you get fitted correctly.
This little darling that helps you “Get Your Life Back” is actually manufactured in Sweden. Hey, they have mountains to climb over there! One of their flyers actually shows a gentleman wearing this while mountain climbing. I can run with this, too! Right? Allard says yes you can.
Okay, so who do I know in Honolulu? Where do I go? Mom always depended heavily on CR Newton so that name was very familiar to me. While they do have a reputation for being a bit pricey, they also know what they’re doing!
The conversation went something like this:
“Yes, you can get one through us. Do you have a prescription?”
“No. Why, do I need one?”
“No but you’ll have to pay for it out of pocket otherwise.”
Long story short, my medical coverage has no DME (durable medical equipment) rider so I was on my own. “Okay, how much?” I braced myself for what I assumed would be a 3 or 4 hundred dollar quote. It turned out to be about three times that amount. Gulp!
I know what you’re thinking but, knowing that this was going to be my own out-of-pocket expense, CR Newton matched the lower price of a competitor. “Really?” Did I cry when I heard that? You bet!
So, I got it! Randy at CR Newton got the Toe Off over here, fitted it for me, and tweaked it for me about a week later. He kept in contact with me and asked that I call him and report on any developments, problems, etc. He asked that I keep him informed.
Sending out a huge “Mahalo!” to CR Newton and Randy Pang for their assistance with this, er, development.
Now I wear it almost every day and I have gone running with it. The Great Aloha Run is going to be very interesting this year. Last year I could barely make it back to my car, the pain was so severe. I have an appointment with a therapist who is in the know about these things over at Kaiser right after Christmas.
I sort of need to teach myself how to walk correctly again. Sigh. My body was compensating too much and has taken on very bad, pain-inflicting habits.
Okay, so this device is not the greatest fashion statement but when you need to walk without cracking your head open or causing other related leg injuries, it really doesn’t matter! For this, vanity flies right out the window!
I decided to share this because two other local bloggers have run into even scarier health issues where vanity is the least of their worries.
Gigi over at Gigi-Hawaii says, Enough of this Sad Story! Gigi, like me, is dealing with a uncooperative nervous system. We’re irritated, no doubt about that, but we are fighting arduously against this nonsense to maintain both our lifestyle as well as our quality of life, no matter what!
Kay, in her Musings, says it’s One of Those Days as she deals with the threat of one of my worse nightmares. “At least let me keep the one beautiful body part that I have?!?” There goes the vanity thing again, sorry. The reality is, I don’t like those call backs to the doctor’s office and I don’t think Kay does either!
Gigi and Kay, I will keep both of you in my prayers and, no matter what, we will keep “talking” until our fingers stop working! There’s hope on our highways too!
We should check in on each other from time to time and see how we’re doing — hold cyber hands and hope that it all stops here!
I know, Gigi, that we have residual left overs from these things but I want them to stop here and not get any worse, and maybe even get a little better! Please?
We bloggers need to get out there and share our island’s fun and craziness, therefore, we need to be healthy and mobile! NO MORE DRAMA! Come on ladies, let’s get our lives back!