Monday, January 14, 2013

STUD IS A KLUTZ

He has ALWAYS been a klutz.  He never agreed with me, even after hearing it every day of his life for the last eleven years.  

(I never called him a klutz BEFORE we were married, but once a man says "I do", it's open season!)

Last week he finally came to the realization on his own - without any input on my part.

He took a nap.

He woke up.

He had sprained his ankle ..... while napping.

Several days of waiting on him hand and foot (pun?  what pun?), taping his foot, taping his ankle, asking  "Are you okay?  Can I get you something?  Don't move.  I'LL do it."  And he felt better.

And since he was feeling better, he dragged out the ladder and cleaned the gutters around the house.

Two hours later he's limping into the house wondering why his sprained ankle is back.

I merely say:   "foot, plus rungs on ladder, equals here we go again."

I'm very compassionate.  I won't hit you twice if the first hit knocked you out.  So, although the first time wasn't his fault, the SECOND time was.

After TWELVE days of a swollen, extremely painful, discolored, and hot-to-the-touch foot, my willingness to do the laundry, dust the floors, and wash the dishes (HIS jobs) was growing thin.

I insisted he find a Podiatrist in our region of third-world Floruba.  


We met the podiatrist,

 who took one look at Stud's foot and ordered xrays.  



When no fracture was found, he ordered blood tests and wrote a prescription for cortisone.



"It's not a sprain." the doctor said.

"I'm not sure what it is." the doctor proclaimed.

You have to understand, he's a doctor in HERNANDO.


And he said that Stud could go back to walking Beau. . .
So, there ya go.




46 comments:

  1. You are much calmer about this diagnosis (or lack thereof) than I would be... I would want to know DEFINITIVELY what was going on. And I do believe I would be seeing someone else about it...

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    1. Since you're a fairly new reader, I assume you are unaware of the lack of good medical care in our area of Florida. A visit always entails the following:

      I don't know. See you next week.

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      I don't know. Let's just yank it out.

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  2. Get him a RunAround eclectic scooter to walk Beau, but make him wear seat belts with a shoulder harness and a helmet. Add a trucker's air horn and wolf whistle.

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    1. When I got to the part about a shoulder harness and a helmet, I laughed so hard that Stud heard me in the next room and yelled "What did Coffeypot say?"

      And I wonder if I can get training wheels for the HoverRound? Oh!! And a tall antennae with a yellow flag on the top!

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    1. Everyone who knows Stud will agree with Coffeypot.

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  4. I am every bit as accident prone and klutzy as your dear Stud. I can fall "up" stairs, and have, a couple of times. I twisted my ankle turning over in bed ! I have had terrible papercuts ! I once fell off a bleacher while cheering for my daughter who was an elementary school cheerleader ! Balance has not been a strong suit for me. LOL Stud is not alone.

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    1. What we can't figure out is the podiatrist said it is NOT a sprain, and he doesn't know what it IS. But it's very painful and full of fever and this is the 12th day for it.

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    2. Time to see an internist to rule out gout and an autoimmune cause which could have implications for other organs. But, you really do know this already.

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  5. So. The first time he sprained his ankle while sleeping. Sounds like an alien abduction to me.

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    1. IF his butt had been in pain, I'd agree with you.

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  6. Dr. X was accident prone. He was always walking into my clenched fist.

    Love,
    Janie

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  7. do you think it might possibly be gout instead of a sprain? hope he feels better quickly!

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    1. Doo, I'm on my way to check out Gout on Google. Thank you!

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  8. Lotta Joy,

    A form of arthiritis called gout can give the same type of symptoms.

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    1. I searched google and VIOLA! It IS GOUT. I could have save a doctor's visit if I'd gone there first. But the doc did give him cortisone, so the pain and swelling should ease up in a day or two.

      Now I have to wonder if I really have arthritis in my elbow or is it......NO. I refuse to have gout.

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    2. Joy, If is really is gout, then it needs to be confirmed by a blood test. Gout can have effects on the kidneys and other organs if not treated. There are simple prescription drugs which can be used to decrease the uric acid levels in the blood, which can not only save the organs but can decrease the incidence and disability from the gout. FIRST, you need labs and a diagnosis, and then you need prescription drugs and follow up for him. Gout impacts men much more than it does women.

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    3. The Pod Doc is at a foot convention. I made an appointment for Stud when he gets back from learning new things.

      Thank you for the info so I can ask for those prescription drugs. IF the doc knows of them, you've helped us for the future.

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    4. Joy, A DPM cannot prescribe drugs for systemic treatment of an issue for another body system. An MD, (a GP or internist) needs to obtain bloodwork (like a CHEM20 and determine whether uric acid levels are elevated and how high they are.) He/she also needs to determine whether the kidneys or other organs are dealing well with the high uric acid levels. This information will determine how the gout is treated. Since gout is associated with other medical issues it's essential to have an MD following this. Gout is associated with other medical issues also. This can be controlled if properly diagnosed and treated !!

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  9. Good grief! Quite the diagnosis by the 'doctor' or lack of. Stud might be a klutz, yet through his discomfort, he smiles and knows he's married to a wonderful lady. Yes, you can puke if you wish....Me thinks it's time for another cup of cocoa :)

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    1. Go to a doctor down here and they'll either say "I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS. SEE YOU NEXT WEEK."

      Or: "I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS. LET'S CUT IT OUT."

      More cocoa? Tell Penny to save me a corner of her comforter.

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    2. Penny has saved you a small corner of her comforter. And I'm whipping the cream for you. And skilfully avoiding any innuendo with that last sentence...I must go and check my eyelids for cracks.....

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    3. ah Gary. You are a fantastic gentleman. I was awake until 2am with only a gallon of ice cream and no whipped cream.

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  10. I had something similar happen to me. Suddenly my knee was swollen and very hot and hurt like a bejeezus. No idea why. It lasted 6 days, becoming painfully swollen and spreading all the way to my ankle. It was then that I took some ibuprofen, and within a day or two, it was completely gone. Like nothing had ever happened. Never did find out what it was, and I was too scared to self-diagnosis. (I didn't want to know that it may have been a blood clot.) NOT to say that's even a possibility, but if it continues, I might suggest a second opinion. Is there anybody you can take him to? ANYBODY?
    I wish him the best of luck. (And you!) Good to see he still has a sense of humor!

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    1. I thought Stud might have a blood clot too, and mentioned it, but the doc said "no"....and I said "whew".

      We have an unbelievable ability to make jokes to keep each other laughing, even when AT the doctors down here.

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    2. "Whew" is right! Saw in earlier comments that it's looking like it might be gout. Not a great diagnosis, but better than a blood clot and can be managed with meds.
      With all the madness in our world today, and the lack of good medical doctors, laughter is a MUST. That's why I keep coming here....

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    3. Shadow, the banner on your unused blot looks very interesting. I wish YOU would start writing and I would happily visit. Why don't you?

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    4. I actually do... just not with blogspot. I created that so I could visit Abby, Rock Chef and now you.
      I'm over at wordpress if you wanna check it out. shadowrun300.wordpress.com :) Love to have you come visit, just come over with low expectations, okay?

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  11. I have heard tales about how things "change" after you are married, but was not aware anything like that when I married Mrs RC. Maybe it was because we had been together for 16 years and already had 4 kids when we finally did it?

    Hope the foot gets better soon, it doesn't look good to me.

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    1. The darkness of it didn't show up on the photo. It looks real odd and the color of it is kind of gross. Just like Stud himself.

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    2. I love the way you act all mean.

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    3. act? ACT? How DARE you!!! I've spent my entire life being mean as a hornet's nest! It is NO act, dear sweetie.

      Forget that "dear sweetie" part. I meant: "YOU S.O.B.!"

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  12. I hope it is not gout or anything like that. I hope the cortisone works!

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    1. Due to my readers and google, it's gout. No question in my mind. My internet family is better than anything we've got in Hernando.

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  13. Okay, gout was my first guess. You can try adjusting his diet according to a medical site like mayo clinic while you are waiting for a doctor. A friend who has gout said that cherry juice is good for gout...not sure why. Walmart has Knudsen Cherry juice that is not a cocktail of apple and pear juice. The only ingredient is cranberry juice. The rub? It is $5.98 for 32 ounces. However, supposedly, drinking only two tbsp three times each day is supposed to help.

    Don't laugh, but I can get out of bed and find I hurt my ankle. I was sitting in the bathtub, moved my foot, and sprained it. I fall going upstairs.

    Good luck with getting treatment for him.

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    1. THAT deserves some kind of award. I could name my first born son after you, or send you one of my home made greeting cards that you can send to someone else.

      The neighbor told Stud to eat six cherries a day, but where do you find cherries in Floruba. (We're dumb enough to have never thought of cherry juice)

      Thank you. Let me know.

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    2. Let you know what? You can also buy frozen cherries if you cannot find them fresh and shipped from the Southern hemisphere or somewhere on the west coast.

      Make sure you get the Knudsen brand, at least not one with apple and pear juice. It is expensive but since you only take about 6 tablespoons a day, it lasts a long time.

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    3. I meant the only ingredient was cherry juice, not cranberry juice. I found the cherry juice when I was searching for 100% cranberry juice which is different than 100% juice.

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    4. I wondered what you meant on my blog about coming to your blog and that you had something for me. Then, when I read your comment on your blog, that confused me, too. lol...memory is gone? I would hate to have a son of yours named Linda as it seems sort of cruel to the boy. So, a card would be my choice.

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  14. Sigh! Life continues to interesting for you, doesn't it Lotta?

    Best wishes for you and the Klutz!

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    1. Stud said that nothing he has ever experienced has been as painful as gout. Even the sheet covering his foot hurt! But the cortisone IS helping quickly.

      We're going to find cherry juice today thanks to one of my reader's suggestion.

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  15. I haven't commented because I remember my father telling me the pain of gout was like walking on your eyeballs. I was young and it kind of freaked me out, since I know how bad even a grain of sand feels on my eyeball.

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  16. Never depend on an xray to reveal injuries. I had an xray for a knee injury and was assured that there was nothing wrong. So, why can I not put my foot on the ground without pain? The MRI revealed a torn meniscus. Maybe an MRI might reveal more about his foot. ???

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