Well, the foot I broke way back on March 21st isn't healing. It turns out I have something called a Jones Fracture. A Jones Fracture is in a part of the foot that doesn't get much blood and because of that they don't heal very well. In fact, close to 30% (!) of them end up requiring surgery.
Unfortunately, that means I'm back in the big boot. It's been this way for a couple of weeks now. I tried the smaller boot for awhile, but I was still in pain and had to take a step back. Thank goodness we're having a cool summer because 90 degree weather and the boot would make me one seriously unhappy camper.
The medical term for what I have is a "non-union" or "delayed union" of the bone. One of the treatments for this condition is an Ultrasound Bone Healing System, or as it's more commonly known, a "bone stimulator". (Leave the jokes alone people. I've already heard them all.)
Once a day I squirt a little bit of that ultrasound goo on the device, strap it around my foot, push the orange button and let it do its magic for 20 minutes.
Other than watching the timer wind down, I can't tell anything is happening. It doesn't pulse or tickle. Nothing. I have to believe it's doing it's job. I just can't bear the thought of surgery.
Keep your fingers crossed for me. Thanks.
P.S. Once this whole thing is behind me, I will have a slightly used, very expensive machine. I will gladly sell it to you for a mere fraction of the exorbitant price I paid for it. But today, I won't bore you with yet another sad story of the state of health insurance in the US.