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Posted by Wendy in NJ on 8/20/01 at 05:14 (057231)

Yessss, I remember those horrible ORI inspections. 12 hours shifts, middle of the night recalls...hehe
You are somewhat correct about my feet...if I'm doing something else, I don't think as much about them but because I'm on my feet much of the day, I cannot help but think of them. :-) but I refuse to let it get me down! (ok so that one day in the hospital I actually cried but I rarely do that)
What does your day consist of? Do you do a lot of walking? How is your wife and how old are your child(ren) now? It encourages me to know you are feeling better and makes me so happy for you! Why didn't you fly for the airlines? If anything here is too personal, let me know, I'm sorry! You have been so encouraging to me and I appreciate it! Thanks for being my cheerleader, John!

Re: For Wendy in New Jersey

john h on 8/20/01 at 09:25 (057244)

wendy: i am on my feet a moderate amount. walk some and ride a stationary bike. my wife had breast cancer in february and had a mastectomy. she is doing great and back to swimming 3 days a week and walking. she did not have chemo or radiation and she has a statistical chance of 99.8% of non reoccurence. my daughter is a Radiology Technologist at a large hospital whre she has been for 20 years. Probably older than you. I considered flying when i retired and almost went into the Forest Service flying helicopters or fixed wing fighting fires but alas chose the civilian corporate world (bad mistake). I truly loved the military and the comradship. We were really all on a level playing field. I started out as a cadet at Lackland and probably went through basic training much like you did. KP,Drill Instructors,Firing Range, and all. If you have never been in a room with a thouand pounds of onions and told to start peeling for about 15 hours, or washed pots and pans (really really big ones) for 15 hours you have not lived. As for your PF, i hope you are trying some of the treaments that seem to be effective which include (1) daily iceing (2)perhaps a night splint espically if you have first step pain (3)good supportive shoes and for many of usBirkenstock sandals. I have had my AirizonaBirkenstock sandals on for a solid one month which coinsides with my recent improvement. I also use them for bedroom shoes. Footwear is really important. (4) do not do anything that will aggrevate your feet. you are probably young enough that you have an excellent chance of complete recovery if you are careful and follow some of the excellent advice on this board. Can you pinpoint a spot on your foot by pressing that is really painful? if so where is it located? How far are you from Dr. Zuckerman? i just got a new night splint from scott exactly like the one i have been using. it is sort of worn but still servicable. would be glad to send it to you, free of course. wishing you the best. somehow you need to see a foot specialist but knowing how the base hospitals function i feel your pain. are you uner Tricare?

Re: For Wendy in New Jersey

john h on 8/20/01 at 09:43 (057252)

wendy: i forgot to mention i was in the Base Exchange yesterday and they carried the Airizona Birenstock Sandal for $52. It has to be special ordered but that is cheaper than even the German site if you count shipping. If you are big into fashion julie in london says red sox are in. if you want comfort just wear the sandals. it will take a week or so to get used to them but after that they help a lot of people. I see a lot of nurses wearing Birks in the hospitals. Even saw a doc with some on recently. They also come in colors such as white,blue,black, and brown.

Re: For Wendy in New Jersey, and John

Julie on 8/21/01 at 01:36 (057384)

Ah, but John, NO red ones. I spent an hour yesterday cruising the site. Very disappointing. However, I am very happy with my new black birks.

Wendy, I buy my (bright) red socks in the children's department. Just in case you're inclined to take this frivolous fashion-wise fighter pilot seriously.

And I'd to add to John's good treatment list, taping. See the description of why it works, and the instructions and illustrations, in part 2 of the heel pain book (which, if you haven't read it, will give you a great deal of information about PF and how it can be dealt with). I hope you'll be able to see a foot specialist soon, so you can get a comprehensive healing plan under way.

Best to you both,

Julie

Re: Back at john h

Wendy in NJ on 8/21/01 at 04:46 (057398)

I guess I didn't mention my wonderful flight surgeon doctor referred me to a podiatrist and it was approved, yippee!!! Now I have to call our Tricare appointment line and have them find me a local pod. I am anxious to get on the road with this. I have read Scott's PF Book many times.....the taping he shows does not help me, it seems to agitate my heel even more so I ended up taping just my arches and that feels so much better. John, i've been wanting to try the N'ice boot but have opted for Jade and Motrin cream which have helped but I have no doubt the boot would help because while I'm in church, if I have the patience, I will sit with my foot in that position and it feels so much better walking on it. (that's the only time I sit that long) Your offer to send it to me is so generous but what would you use??? I am seriously considering Scott's offer of a used one for $30.00. I just don't want to spend the money and be disappointed. Plus I've noticed some tightness in my ankle area and I am afraid the boot would aggravate that but am not sure.
I am so thrilled to hear your wife is doing ok.....I KNOW that was quite frightening for all of you.
My husband has only 3.5 weeks to go....he gets to send me emails just about everyday and they give two morale calls per week...I'm anxiously awaiting those for this week. THANK YOU SO MUCH for your support....I'm so grateful for it!! Oh by the way, I was blessed yesterday with a new job...I now work in an office environment instead of running around chasing school age kids all day. (which I didn't mind but it hurt my feet)

Re: For Wendy in New Jersey

Wendy in nJ on 8/21/01 at 04:50 (057399)

thanks also for your info onBirkenstock....I've never seen them but that doesnt mean they're not around. I will be looking into that further. As far as fashion, I have gotten to the point of I don't care what I look like as long as I hurt less. About two months ago, I had worn my tennis shoes to church and I actually had people make fun of me, I could not believe it!! I'm not going to explain myself to them since i've been on the prayer list for months for my feet. (duh) I should be able to get my pod appointment today...I will let you know.

Re: For Wendy in New Jersey

john h on 8/21/01 at 23:03 (057496)

wendy: i do not think that there are many fashion shoe models on this board. julie is big into socks but other than that i suspect we all dress for comfort. the only fashonable dressed person at the big ESWT fest at Dr Z's was Dr Z himself. he could have stepped out of Man Magazine. the rest of us might have embarrased him (sorry gang). I wear birks to work each and every day and that is that.

Re: For Wendy in New Jersey

john h on 8/20/01 at 09:25 (057244)

wendy: i am on my feet a moderate amount. walk some and ride a stationary bike. my wife had breast cancer in february and had a mastectomy. she is doing great and back to swimming 3 days a week and walking. she did not have chemo or radiation and she has a statistical chance of 99.8% of non reoccurence. my daughter is a Radiology Technologist at a large hospital whre she has been for 20 years. Probably older than you. I considered flying when i retired and almost went into the Forest Service flying helicopters or fixed wing fighting fires but alas chose the civilian corporate world (bad mistake). I truly loved the military and the comradship. We were really all on a level playing field. I started out as a cadet at Lackland and probably went through basic training much like you did. KP,Drill Instructors,Firing Range, and all. If you have never been in a room with a thouand pounds of onions and told to start peeling for about 15 hours, or washed pots and pans (really really big ones) for 15 hours you have not lived. As for your PF, i hope you are trying some of the treaments that seem to be effective which include (1) daily iceing (2)perhaps a night splint espically if you have first step pain (3)good supportive shoes and for many of usBirkenstock sandals. I have had my AirizonaBirkenstock sandals on for a solid one month which coinsides with my recent improvement. I also use them for bedroom shoes. Footwear is really important. (4) do not do anything that will aggrevate your feet. you are probably young enough that you have an excellent chance of complete recovery if you are careful and follow some of the excellent advice on this board. Can you pinpoint a spot on your foot by pressing that is really painful? if so where is it located? How far are you from Dr. Zuckerman? i just got a new night splint from scott exactly like the one i have been using. it is sort of worn but still servicable. would be glad to send it to you, free of course. wishing you the best. somehow you need to see a foot specialist but knowing how the base hospitals function i feel your pain. are you uner Tricare?

Re: For Wendy in New Jersey

john h on 8/20/01 at 09:43 (057252)

wendy: i forgot to mention i was in the Base Exchange yesterday and they carried the Airizona Birenstock Sandal for $52. It has to be special ordered but that is cheaper than even the German site if you count shipping. If you are big into fashion julie in london says red sox are in. if you want comfort just wear the sandals. it will take a week or so to get used to them but after that they help a lot of people. I see a lot of nurses wearing Birks in the hospitals. Even saw a doc with some on recently. They also come in colors such as white,blue,black, and brown.

Re: For Wendy in New Jersey, and John

Julie on 8/21/01 at 01:36 (057384)

Ah, but John, NO red ones. I spent an hour yesterday cruising the site. Very disappointing. However, I am very happy with my new black birks.

Wendy, I buy my (bright) red socks in the children's department. Just in case you're inclined to take this frivolous fashion-wise fighter pilot seriously.

And I'd to add to John's good treatment list, taping. See the description of why it works, and the instructions and illustrations, in part 2 of the heel pain book (which, if you haven't read it, will give you a great deal of information about PF and how it can be dealt with). I hope you'll be able to see a foot specialist soon, so you can get a comprehensive healing plan under way.

Best to you both,

Julie

Re: Back at john h

Wendy in NJ on 8/21/01 at 04:46 (057398)

I guess I didn't mention my wonderful flight surgeon doctor referred me to a podiatrist and it was approved, yippee!!! Now I have to call our Tricare appointment line and have them find me a local pod. I am anxious to get on the road with this. I have read Scott's PF Book many times.....the taping he shows does not help me, it seems to agitate my heel even more so I ended up taping just my arches and that feels so much better. John, i've been wanting to try the N'ice boot but have opted for Jade and Motrin cream which have helped but I have no doubt the boot would help because while I'm in church, if I have the patience, I will sit with my foot in that position and it feels so much better walking on it. (that's the only time I sit that long) Your offer to send it to me is so generous but what would you use??? I am seriously considering Scott's offer of a used one for $30.00. I just don't want to spend the money and be disappointed. Plus I've noticed some tightness in my ankle area and I am afraid the boot would aggravate that but am not sure.
I am so thrilled to hear your wife is doing ok.....I KNOW that was quite frightening for all of you.
My husband has only 3.5 weeks to go....he gets to send me emails just about everyday and they give two morale calls per week...I'm anxiously awaiting those for this week. THANK YOU SO MUCH for your support....I'm so grateful for it!! Oh by the way, I was blessed yesterday with a new job...I now work in an office environment instead of running around chasing school age kids all day. (which I didn't mind but it hurt my feet)

Re: For Wendy in New Jersey

Wendy in nJ on 8/21/01 at 04:50 (057399)

thanks also for your info onBirkenstock....I've never seen them but that doesnt mean they're not around. I will be looking into that further. As far as fashion, I have gotten to the point of I don't care what I look like as long as I hurt less. About two months ago, I had worn my tennis shoes to church and I actually had people make fun of me, I could not believe it!! I'm not going to explain myself to them since i've been on the prayer list for months for my feet. (duh) I should be able to get my pod appointment today...I will let you know.

Re: For Wendy in New Jersey

john h on 8/21/01 at 23:03 (057496)

wendy: i do not think that there are many fashion shoe models on this board. julie is big into socks but other than that i suspect we all dress for comfort. the only fashonable dressed person at the big ESWT fest at Dr Z's was Dr Z himself. he could have stepped out of Man Magazine. the rest of us might have embarrased him (sorry gang). I wear birks to work each and every day and that is that.