Surly Curmudgeon

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    Tuesday, May 5, 2009

    Nummy toes

    This weekend had me working pretty hard on the fence, going all day Sunday and most of the day Saturday (when it wasn't raining). At the end of the day Sunday, my right foot was giving me serious trouble. It's had some problems over the last year or so, with that bottom-of-the-foot tendon giving me sharp pains from time to time, especially around the bottom of the heel. It's the reason I can't do calf raises (not that, by the looks of my calves, I really need to).

    Anyway, I sat down at the end of the day Sunday, then got up after a few minutes -- and nearly fell flat on my face. My right foot was absolutely screaming. I gave it a stern talking-to about how it needed to straighten up and fly right, and the pain pretty much went away. The only real lingering problem is that the 3 smallest toes have been numb for the last day and a half. They're not numb in the way that you could do surgery on them, but numb in the way that happens when my foot falls asleep. There's no discoloration, no swelling, and that little test that you do where you press on the skin to make it white and then wait to see how long it takes to make things pink again looks all right, so it's apparently all in my head. It's more irritating than anything.

    Last night I went out after work to hang more fence, mentioning as I did so that I felt like I was coming down with something... a sinus infection or cold. I joked that it was the pig flu (I have it on good authority that it's not). I told Mrs. Curmudgeon to stay in and relax, I'd just putter around until something useful got done.

    I got the tools and a roll of fence, then proceeded to set up the job, and here comes Mrs. Curmudgeon, ready to help. She said if I could work on it while feeling ill, she could help. We managed to get two sections hung instead of just the one I figured I'd be able to do at "puttering speed".

    Later it turned out that she was also feeling bad, with one of her epic migraines in the early stages, and she still came out despite having a complete free pass from me. I'm continually amazed by her willingness to go above and beyond... that's love right there, baby! I feel sorry for all the guys without such a woman.

    Posted by Tom, 5/5/2009 6:25:26 AM (Permalink). 1 Comment. Leave a comment...

    We must be both getting old. I had the foot tendon to heal pain hit last month. It was diagnosed as plantar fasciitis. A week of stretching the tendon first with a towel (hooked over the ball of the foot) then on stairs (hanging the heel off into space and lowering my body weight on it). Worked wonderfully. Now I only need to stretch 1 or 2 times a week.

    Calf raises should be very good for it, once you can handle the towel, then your body weight...then you can go for body weight plus.

    -- Bikerjohn