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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Bitch, Moan, Whine...

I swear, sometime in the misty recesses of my youth, I must have really honked off an old gypsy woman or something.

After more than a month of suffering, I finally recovered from an insanely prolonged and painful bout of gout (courtesy of my compromised kidney) only to awake on Tuesday with a shooting pain in my right heel (same foot as the gout, BTW). Plantar fasciitis. I managed to limp through the day. By Wednesday, the pain had increased so severely that I had to dig up a pair of old crutches to get around at all, and today's just as bad or worse.

I've only just now got some pills that might help, but as it is, I cannot carry out even the most basic tasks without blinding, almost-passing-out-from-the intensity pain. Getting from one room to another is a lengthy ordeal. I can't even climb the stairs to my bedroom so that I can lie in my bed! Embarrassingly, I had to call my wife home from work to take care of me.

If I keep my weight off it, the foot only throbs a bit. So, I have been getting some work done at the computer. But one can't stay sitting in the same chair for 24 hours... at least, I can't.

Some fun, eh?

Anyway, as the headline indicates, this post is strictly for venting purposes (although it may also be a cheap bid for sympathy; I leave it to you to judge). Yesterday, near tears, I was actually asking out loud what the hell I'd done to deserve this shit. Now, I'm no saint, and I'm sure I'm at least several kinds of asshole, but I don't hurt people. Hell, I mind my own business, never meddle, and generally don't judge. So why?

This is officially my Worst. Summer Ever.

7 comments:

bish8 said...

YIKES! I can't say I feel your pain, but you have my sympathies.

Kevin Findley said...

You are a man of great talent and the Muses always torture those they favor.

My thinly veiled jealousy aside ;) , I feel for you Chris. My Uncle Dan has had episodes of gout and it puts him down hard.

May I suggest a single malt or blended alternative to your pain medication? It works for me on various maladies and is much more fun than Vicodin.

Get Well Soon!

Charles Gramlich said...

Sorry to hear that. I've been having some foot and leg pain lately myself. I seem to have some periphereal neuropathy but it doesn't sound nearly as bad as your state. Hope it resolves itself soon.

Michael May said...

Ouch, Chris. I'm so sorry. My wife has been through a similar experience with a painful disease, so - while I have no idea what you're going through - I've seen the effect on someone's emotional and mental state. I hope it passes soon, buddy.

Christopher Mills said...

Thanks for the well-wishes, folks. It's somewhat better today, and I'm hopeful that I'll be walking around again before the weekend's out.

jason said...

As a fellow gout sufferer, I can honestly say "I feel your pain." I think I may have had plantar at one point, too; your symptoms sound familiar. I just sweated it out until my foot started liking me again, though, so I don't know for sure that's what it was.

Hang in there...

Craig Zablo said...

Hang in there boss!