Is it open season on O’ahu’s bloggers?

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.

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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.

Allard USA lets you “Get Your Life Back!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 side of a van makes the best advertisement!

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!

I got my Bluerocker Toe Off!

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.

Not the prettiest fashion statement but who cares?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!

Keyboard where blogging happens.

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!

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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 gigi-hawaii // Dec 22, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Great post, Evelyn! Hope your foot feels better and that you will be able to run without tripping.

  • 2 Evelyn // Dec 23, 2011 at 6:00 am

    Thanks, Gigi! I’ll be fine as long as I have the AFO on. My worry is that the other foot might try to follow suit.

    I want to be sure you’re okay! Big hugs! We need to have lunch or maybe meet up at Bishop Museum with Karen, another wonderful O’ahu blogger. :)

  • 3 gigi-hawaii // Dec 23, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Evelyn, I would love to have lunch with you someday, but let’s wait til my Bell’s Palsy clears up. I don’t like to appear in public looking like this.

  • 4 Evelyn // Dec 23, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Aw, don’t worry Gigi, we can go whenever you’re ready! :)

  • 5 Kuanyin // Dec 27, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Whoaaaa….so sorry to hear of your accident & subsequent challenges! Happy to hear though that you’re figuring it out and managing!

  • 6 Evelyn // Dec 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Hey Kuanyin! It’s been quite some time since we chatted! You’ve got to join us for the New Years Carnival of Aloha! Share your favorite post from 2010 or whatever strikes your fancy! :)

  • 7 Karen of Honolulu // Dec 31, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Hmm, I wonder if 2011 was the year of the foot? I told my orthopedic several years back that It always seemed when I stepped off a curb my ankle sort of just flopped and If I didn’t pay attention my foot would strike the ground sideways. He said he’d never heard of such a thing.

    This year the band across my foot became unbearably painful and I had to go to a different orthopedic because of insurance issues and he quickly put me in an orthopedic and some kind of foot brace. But it made it worse. I told him I can walk as long as I don’t have shoes on so he laughed and said then just go barefooted and that should solve your problems.

    Yeah after he had collected hundreds of dollars from my insurance. I have finely gone to Uyeda shoes on University ave. and bought some wonderful comfortable shoes that I can now actually walk in.

    I hope you have much success with your brace and looking forward to further conversations into 2012. I’d love to send a favorite post but you know what I’m going to say here. How do I do it.

    Happy New year. One hour away until madness and midnight. The dogs are bracing themselves.


  • 8 Evelyn // Jan 1, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Kind of strange, isn’t it, Karen? I really does make you wonder. I sent you an email about your link. Can’t wait to see what you’re going to share! :)

  • 9 Diane // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:40 am

    Hi Evelyn,

    Your blog was shared with me by a co-worker. I lived on Oahu from 1970-1978. I miss Hawaii terribly and have only had a chance to get back once.
    I now work for Allard USA and that is how we found YOU!
    If you are interested, I would love to chat via email.

  • 10 Jennifer // Apr 12, 2012 at 5:44 am

    Hi Evelyn,

    Thanks for sharing your story. I am with Allard USA helping with the new Public Relations Campaign and on an internet search for our products, I found your blog. We love hearing stories about how our products are helping others.

    Beth Deloria, a runner who suffered Foot Drop after spinal surgery, discovered our ToeOFF brace years ago. It helped her to run and compete in various marathons again, including the Boston Marathon. She has now signed on with us as Manager of Community Outreach and is running in over 20 races this year to show others that they can also “Get Back Up”!

    You can read more about her story below:

  • 11 Evelyn // Apr 12, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Diane and Jennifer, I was almost in tears when I saw your comments.

    I did go see Beth’s site and left her a comment. :) Maybe someday she will come and try the Honolulu Marathon!

    The same group that does the Honolulu Marathon has added on a half marathon this year. That might be more my speed but I will never make it without my ToeOff, even if I try!

    My ToeOff has saved me from falling several times but in a half marathon, it is probably the sole thing that will keep me standing! Elevated body temperature and MS do NOT get along!

    But, I got my life back! Thanks to Allard! If any of you make it here, I would love to take you to visit CR Newton, just so they can meet you. I know they will be almost as excited as I am! ;)

  • 12 Diane // Apr 12, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Hi Evelyn!

    Check your email for one from me!!
    (the sprit email address)

  • 13 Diane // Nov 20, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Hi Evelyn,

    I haven’t heard from you in a while! How has life & your BlueRockers been treating you?

    I sent you a couple of emails but don’t think you got them.

    I will be in Hawaii in about 5 weeks, YAY. Wondering if you still have interest in meeting with us at Allard USA while we are there in January?


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