Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Maybe It's Not Over Yet...

I went for my follow up with Dr. Feldman last week to see about the possibility of more surgery. It had been so long since I actually "walked" myself in that the receptionist was shocked (and happy for me, of course)! I was a little ticked off because I have literally never waited so much there...I was "Next" five times, it felt like he kept going in to see everyone else but me...anyway, moving on! When I finally did get to see Dr. Feldman he really couldn't explain why my outer calluses are back (one per foot). He had me walk back and forth a couple of times and said how my feet are perfectly aligned and how effective the first surgeries were.

He ended up coming to the conclusion that the outer ball of my foot is really exposed because we didn't pin those toes and they are still so bent that they naturally put pressure on that part of my foot. The problem seems to be completely fixed on the inner callus that used to be right below my big toe, which now has the metal pin in it. But before he can say that's what's really going on, he wants me to see another doctor at the hospital for a 2nd opinion who's a super genius in the field. He did say that he doesn't think the 3rd and 4th surgeries wouldn't be as intense as the first two. I would probably go straight into a walking cast and able to move. That would be awesome!

He then prescribed an orthotic type thing to wear in my shoes and see how that would work. I'm not against doing this for a short period of time but the whole reason I started this journey was to find "permanent" relief. I use the term permanent loosely since we know CMT is progressive and degenerative, but you get my point. Orthotics only work in certain shoes, won't work if I wanna wear flip flops or if I'm barefoot. And quite honestly, I've had quite a few that haven't helped me at all.

I also pretty much begged for pain meds and he agreed to give me an anti-inflammatory that should be good for the pain. I've been taking it for a week and I'm not really sure how much it's helping but I'm gonna keep trying. If this one doesn't work, I have another one in mind.

I told my new job about the possibility of more surgery and as much as "they want me to do what's best for me" I know they were not thrilled. It's too bad but it's not like I planned this. I also may have to scrap my planned visit to see my sisters and family in Brazil at the end of the year, which I'm really bummed about. But I'm really dedicated to work on these feet and have a better quality of life. I'm just gonna have to focus on the fact we just took an amazing vacation and that'll have to do for now.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lost ....

Introducing them to a hammock
I'm so glad that we were able to get away...our vacation was AMAZING! We got to see so many beautiful islands, I got to see my friend "the sun" again and it was nice to enjoy some time away from all the madness. Cruising is just the best and we are hooked for life! But even as we go away, I worried about the walking and standing to make sure I wouldn't be in too much pain. I also packed some meds so I could hopefully get some relief too.

Introducing them to the good life
A really strange thing happened with my left foot as we were away...I must've banged my big left toe one day going into the pool, and when I got out, there was blood gushing everywhere from the tip of my toe, which completely freaked me out. It actually looked like the pin in my toe was coming out (I know...totally gross!!!). After my shock passed, thankfully nothing was coming out and it stopped bleeding just as quickly as it started. Unfortunately this incident happened one more time while we were walking on a dock and I decided I'd just wear my water shoes the rest of the trip and not my flip flops.

Introducing them to the pool
This trip also made me think a lot about my life and the future. Sometimes it's not good to delve into all this thinking but it's hard to get yourself out once you've started it. And John and I started to talk about children...should we have them? Not out of fear to pass on CMT, more out of fear that I'll be too exhausted to take care of them. How will I manage? Also, we are SOOO not ready to be parents to any little gremlins yet, but what if we keep waiting and then I'll just get more and more tired?

And then, what about work? I'm sooo exhausted ALL the time, the 33809 pills I'm taking are not really helping and are not really giving me anymore energy. I also feel like my muscle and nerve pains are getting worse. How much longer can I do this? Should I ditch it and go for disability? But what about buying a house, going on vacations? I'm still so young and I truly enjoy working and the money doesn't hurt. I don't think I'm ready to give up working yet...

So many questions and so few answers. I've spent the last few days in an emotional funk but I think I'm finally finding my way out. I think dealing with constant chronic pain can have its ups and downs and it's hard to stay positive 100% of the time. I've had some really positive conversations this week with friends and especially my mom (Thanks for letting me talk your ear off for 2 hours and 10 minutes last night...LOL). I'm so grateful to have a strong faith in God because that's where I find the strength when I feel I'm running a little low on it.

For any CMT mommies who may read this...did you struggle with the thought of having children because of the fatigue factor? How did you work through that?