Tuesday, April 6, 2010

I don't want to appear negative---and this is not an excuse-- but something I need to get out. I hope the LB works for me!!---I want to explain my feet issues--- I have always had bad feet --lots of orthopedic Dr's and what ever--have not helped but I have been able to live with my issues and have carried on quite normally ---even ran in my 20-30's and walked miles in my 40's . About two years ago my feet were killing me so I went to a new doctor, recommended by my Internist. This guy told me that I had the worst feet he had seen in 25 yrs of practice and my future was going to be miserable ---foot surgeries--knee surgeries---hip and back surgeries and a wheel chair within 5 yrs. The only thing I could do to HELP fight this off is lose weight. So 2 1/2 yrs later I have actually put on 20 lbs or so (how sick is that?) I have gone to other podiatrist's , but no solutions. Last year I found a great Orthopedic surgeon and he was going to start the process of rebuilding me. I was scheduled for surgery May 1,2009. He was going to break all the bones in my right foot (to start) and put me in a immobilization cast for 4-6 weeks-- wheel chair-- walker --crutches and 6 months to a year to fully heal. Then on to the next foot then my knee's. I have hyper extended joints.
When I went to my pulmonary-Internist-friend) for my final clearance for surgery----He said NO WAY!! There are no guarantees that this will work ---and you are too heavy . Lose weight-- that will help and leave your feet alone. He recommended weight loss surgery and here I am. Walking is really hard for me sooo swimming is my exercise of choice. Right now I have been told to stay out of the water for 6 weeks.

When I went to work last Friday, after not being there for 2 weeks , I was almost paralyzed by the end of the day. I know I should be walking (and want to) but it's kind of like I only have so much of my feet left and need to decide how to best use them----wow-- I'm getting teary eyed. I want vacations and everyday stuff.
Sooooo ---that's my story in a nut shell! I hope LB works for me!

Oh by the way---No stiletto's for me ---I am stuck with these butt ugly shoe's ---but they keep me walking!
It's funny when I watch people check me out ---they think-- Hmmm--cute face--ok body--uuugly shoe's! FUNNY!!

PS I am 5'4'' and weigh 212 lbs today.


Fluffy said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am so sorry to read about your feet challenges. While exercise is important in the long run (my opinion of course), I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how much progress you can make while you are restricted from it! Stick with it and follow "the rules". I've added you to my reader, so I'll be reading! (Let me know if you have any questions too!)

Sandy Lee said...

I have problems with my feet too so show up to work dressed nicely with these Nike runners on. I spent a lot of last year with plantar's fasciitis so when I realized I couldn't walk until I got better, I started wearing my runners last October with the orthotics. I can now walk again. So glad you like swimming. I can only dog paddle so when the feet started hurting, I was stuck.

I hope the weight loss helps. No more Hope it works-Tell yourself it will work. We're on our way.

Michelle said...

i am hoping it works as well...

Grizzlyrider said...

I have been plagued with a really bad knee for about a year and a half and could not exercise either. I was really worried because they keep telling us that you cannot lose with the band unless you exercise like a fiend. Well, I had my lap band surgery on August 31, 2009 and have used swimming as my exercise - I have lost 76 lbs. I'm not talking about lap swimming either cause I never had lessons. I dog paddle around, swing my legs and arms back and forth as hard as I can and basically just keep moving, moving for an hour in the water. It works. I have now had knee replacement surgery and am looking forward to doing more kinds of exercise but don't ever let anyone tell you that swimming will not help you lost the weight!

Debi said...

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Debi said...

I just read your blog, and am so sorry that you have such bad issues with your feet!! My issues are mostly my back and legs.

So glad that the one Doctor advised LB Surgery first. Once your weight starts coming off, you will be surprised at how much better you will feel. Even a small amount like 20-30 lbs!!

I have only lost about 37 lbs but I can really tell the difference!

Once you have lost a good portion of the weight, then will be the time to determine if further Surgery is warranted. Don't worry, it will get better.

Hugs :)