|Cross posted from my own journal again
||[Mar. 17th, 2004|10:20 pm]
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Around 3 o'clock today, me and my dad got in his car and he drove me to the Bronx to go see my cousin, who I affectionately call Mr. Dr. Brian. I never used to like Brian when I was little because I thought his personality was too outgoing and over-the-top, and he used to tease me mercilessly, but I have a soft spot in my heart for him now because he helps me out with my foot and he's a pretty nice guy after all. We got to Brian's office around 5 and waited until 5:30 when the orthotics/prosthesis expert guy got there. Brian and that guy are professional friends, so the guy agreed to look at my foot and see what he could do for free, since we don't have insurance or anything.
I told him about my club foot and the surgeries I had when I was little and where it usually hurts and where/how it's hurting differently now. Then I told him how casts are usually the only thing that makes my foot feel better but how I usually just use an Ace wrap, but the Ace wrap itself starts hurting me after a while because it's so tight. I also told him about the AFO (ankle foot orthotic) I had when I was little, which was basically this plastic brace thing I had post-op to keep my foot in its new shape. The guy examined my foot a bit and poked and prodded.
Finally he said he'd give me a brace to wear at night to keep my foot at a 90 degree angle kind of, which will help to stretch my Achilles' tendon, because otherwise my foot just flops downward because all the tendons and things in there are so TIGHT. He also said he'd give me an AFO (or AFO-like brace) for wearing during the daytime. This apparently doesn't have to be custom made, so it'll be cheap, like 30 bucks (and the night brace will be about 60), and he said as a professional curtesy to Brian he'd just order and ship them to me for free since Brian refers a lot of patients to him; it's a nice symbiotic relationship, and it means free leg braces for me! So those should arrive at my house during the time I'm in Milwaukee and I'll have them to recover with when I get home. :-P And, also, the orthotics guy said that if the regular old braces don't help, then he'll get out his little casting kit and blue marker to make a nice little mold of my foot and custom make me a brace like I had done when I was little. But that's about $500, so we're gonna try the non-custom made braces first.
Me and my dad and Brian thanked the orthotics guy and [SNIP, not relevant . . ]
Anyways, I'm happy about getting my braces . . . but for now my foot hurts A LOT, and I was nearly crying when I got home. I can't flex it at all, so I'm just kinda keeping it limp, and you know how when you do that sometimes, it gets kinda "stuck" or like, half-asleep in that position and it hurts when you start to move it again a little? Well, I have that thing going on, too. *sigh* One more week, I'll get back from Milwaukee and have nice braces waiting for me. Hopefully that'll help. *crosses fingers*