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December 26th, 2005
02:15 pm

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I can't quite fathom what I did.  I was in bed last night, and Windy had been in bed with me, and he'd left the bone he was munching on on the bed when he jumped off.  I tossed the bone onto the floor, and it didn't go where I meant, and I leaned over to grab it, and somehow I slipped and banged or caught my left foot on something.  I had a flash of intense pain in my foot, and I fell over into my nightstand, dumping my cup of juice into the bed.  For a minute, I was so busy being pissed off at the mess that I didn't really notice my foot, but I quickly realized that I'd done something really bad.  I was fairly convinced that I'd broken the next-to-smallest toe on my left foot.  At half an hour past midnight on Christmas night.  I called the Carle Patient Advisory Nurse, who told me to elevate and ice my foot and to come in to see a doctor if it was still troubling me in a week.  She didn't seem to believe that it was actually broken, but in any case, it wasn't sufficiently urgent to drag myself into the emergency room.

As of now, I have a very nasty looking bruise around the whole toe.  Just sitting here, I don't have any pain; I have quite a nasty limp, but I can gimp around the house, so I guess we'll have to see how I do in the next few days.  I'm less sure that I actually broke anything; the trouble seems to be located at a joint, so if I'm lucky I just managed the mother of all toe-jammings and I'll be all right in a few days.

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From:folkmew
Date:December 26th, 2005 08:24 pm (UTC)
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My sympathies, I'm always breaking my toe. (or well, anyway I've broken my little toes a few times).
They often don't bother having you come in even if you know it is broken. My doctor very kindly told me that they'd just take an xray and then tape it to the other toe and put ice on it and I'd get charged a lot more than if I did it myself. The one thing she said might be different is if I'd dislocated it, then she might need to re-set it, but still she said worst case I could come in when the regular doctor's office was open which would be a lot cheaper.

So it hurts like hell but you just sort of suffer through it I guess.

Did you ever hear Garrison Keillor's bit on "The Fear Monger's Shoppe"? He talks about steel-toed slippers. I want some! :-)

Hugs Merry Christmas or happy holidays or... whatever is appropriate!
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From:msminlr
Date:December 26th, 2005 10:34 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, the times I've broken toes or other nearby bones in the foot, I've just been advised which shoes to wear to give the foot the best support, and sometimes been given a stronger-than-OTC painkiller for a couple of days.
From:starstraf
Date:December 26th, 2005 10:50 pm (UTC)
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I did the same with my ankel, been on ice and elevated since Saturday — Hopefully doc can get me in tomorrow
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From:filkerdave
Date:December 27th, 2005 04:20 am (UTC)
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Ow ow ow! Healing energy!
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From:tollers
Date:December 27th, 2005 05:01 am (UTC)
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Ow ow ow! That made my toes curl up in my shoes just to think about it. You have my sympathy!

(And even if it _is_ broken, I'm with MEW... the doc won't do anything except take your money to tell you they can't really do anything. Protect it as best you can while it heals and just let it do its thing on its own.)
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