Just Plain Cold


As I've mentioned, I've been working in the kitchen doing an oil cloth project. I'm not going to say what it is, because I'm not sure it's going to work. 


However, yesterday afternoon, I felt I was sufficiently rested to give it a go again. This time I wore the tight stocking, but not the boot. And I had far less pain than with the boot.

All I can figure is that there is just something wrong with that boot when it comes to fitting my foot. I don't know much about these things. I don't know how they come to figure out what angle is off, etc. 

And furthermore, my back wasn't in near as much pain last night, and I slept better.

So then this morning I needed to run to the new CVS that just opened about three blocks from here. I didn't wear the brace or the boot. Now it was just a short jaunt over there and back going through the drive-thru. But no pain as I drove. 


Little Andrew had tubes put into his ears early this morning. I offered to go with my daughter, but her husband was going to be there with her. Apparently it doesn't take long. 

They told them that he had a double ear infection. Poor little guy. I wonder what causes all these ear infections? Anyway, my daughter told me he is home sleeping. So all is well. 

We're due for more winter storms, I heard. So I'm in for the weekend. Not taking any chances on falling. 

Oh, spring, please wave at us from a distance and say that you're on your way!

Any plans this weekend?

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  1. very cold here in Arkansas too - I would say don't wear the boot for a week or so and see what happens - if you keep improving something is obviously wrong with the boot -- be careful though!!

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    1. It's the brace, not the boot, that's the problem. I think I'll do just that.

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  2. Yes, I heard, this morning, that you're going to have some bad weather.. I'm glad you made it to the CVS with less pain. Like you say, maybe there is something wrong with the boot/brace..
    I'm sorry little Andy is have ear troubles..I hope he'll feel better soon.
    I hope, also, that Charlie and Abi are feeling better..
    We still have snow on the ground but the roads are clear.. My plans are to do more Christmas/Santa cross stitching and stay in where it's warm. I may make another pot of chili----the last one was delicious..
    Take care.
    Charlotte

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    1. I'm glad I got out early. It's been snowing for hours.

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  3. We are due for cooler weather and rain all weekend here in So Cal (although nothing like your cold weather.) I'll likely be indoors tomorrow but plan on going to the movies on Sunday.

    Stay warm!

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  4. I am so, so, SO glad to hear you slept better. Leave the boot off and leave the stocking on. I am glad this has helped a little bit. Big short storm going to hit late this afternoon and into the afternoon/early evening tomorrow, bringing in cold air and low snow. No snow for me, but Lake Tahoe for sure. We could get about 1/4 inch rain...we will gladly take anything at this point. I plan on washing windows Sunday and planting some flower seeds this weekend. I have Monday and Tuesday to get oil changed and do some thrift shopping. I had to put myself on a strict budget the next few months, so hopefully I will stick to it!!!

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    1. I don't know when I got my last oil change. I know I don't need it yet. When I moved to OK I had about 36,000 miles on my Pathfinder. Now I have nearly 39,000. So obviously I don't drive much!

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  5. I hate to speak ill of modern medicine because it does help so many people, but I have wondered if that boot/shoe whole get up is just wrong. After what you paid you hate to hear that but these people in the medical profession are not infallible. They do their best, but I think there is just something wrong and they need to get with the program and figure it out. Go get 'em.

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    1. Luckily, I think (fingers crossed) that the insurance paid for that thing. It was end of the year and I'd met my deductible.

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  6. I had to wear an orthopedic book one time - for two months. And it did create a lot of back problems for me in that the shoe on my other foot wasn't as tall as the boot's sole and consequently it threw my back out of line. The next time I had foot problems (tendons), I went to a better foot doctor and he prescribed custom orthopedic inserts for my shoes to correct that problem and they worked like a charm. I know your problem is different from mine but that boot plus whatever shoe you are wearing could be causing the back pain if both are not the exact same as far as height is concerned.

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    1. But I don't seem to have that problem when I wear the big boot. Just that darned brace.

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  7. Forgot to add this re children with ear problems now. I have been told by a pediatrician friend of mine when I discussed this about my grandchildren with him that the main cause of this today is the use of pacifiers by babies. It seems that sucking on a pacifier created real pressure on the ear drums and consequently causes problems even years after the child has given up the thing.

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    1. Really! Well, that's interesting. I'll have to ask my daughter. I've never seen Andrew with a pacifier.

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    2. Two things I know from past history and observation that causes ear infections--smoking in the house and laying down taking a bottle. I know there are others, but those two are big problems.

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    3. Two things I know from past history and observation that causes ear infections--smoking in the house and laying down taking a bottle. I know there are others, but those two are big problems.

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  8. It is cold here, too, Brenda
    The fact that your foot/ankle hurts less with the brace OFF says a lot. When something that is supposed to be helping you be pain free hurts that much there is something wrong. Have you ever tried one of those so called "soft braces" that they sell at the drugstore? They are fully adjustable with velcro. When nothing else worked for my ankle a couple of years ago-that did. It was under $15.00 and I wore it for almost a year.
    Hope they can get it figured out. xo Diana

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    1. I've bought and ordered all kinds of braces like you mention. But I haven't used one of them since the last surgery in November.

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  9. I think it's great that the foot and ankle feel better (whether it's with or without the boot), and that you got some sleep. Maybe this is the start of something new.

    Somehow when I clicked on your previous post in my email, this one came up and then that one followed. Anyway, two for the price of one. So I'm commenting on both here. The book looks great, it's been a long time since I've read a mystery that keeps me going for hours so I will look this one up.

    I'm looking forward to seeing your oilcloth project. You always have the neatest ideas. Can I ask, what is the brand/name of the paint you use for doing wood furniture? I don't have ASCP available here and when I did use it at the lake I didn't exactly flip out over it. Just something good from HD would be great. I'm doing a dresser. Thanks.

    Jane x

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    1. I use Valspar or the Ace Hardware brand. I have an Ace just a few blocks from me, and I can't handle walking the big box stores anymore. I'll tell you, I've got hot glue gun burns all over my fingers today. Maybe I'll show some of it in a few days. (I'll give you a hint: counter tops)

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  10. Hi Brenda. I'm so sorry you've had so much trouble with your ankle. I'd keep that boot off too if it feels better. Poor little Andrew but I know little ones have this done a lot. Hope he's over his ear infections soon. Stay in and stay warm. We've not seen temps above freezing for over a month and still have over two feet of snow on the ground. I do like winter, I do like winter, I do, I do, I do...I keep telling myself.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. I wondered how you were going to feel once winter came to NY. But, you're near your grand babies and I'm sure that makes a big difference.

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  11. Sounds like your boot is not fitted correctly and that may be why it hurts to wear it. Stay inside and stay warm I am planning to stay home all weekend. It is supposed to rain on Sunday. I hope it washes away this snow and ice we have. xo Laura

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    1. It's snowing now and has been for about five or six hours.

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  12. My little brother has problem with his ears when he was little- and they finally figured out he was allergic to feather pillows. Just a thought. And possibly time to get him a new pillow and wash the cases all the time, it could help. Hope he gets better soon.

    Sleep well this weekend too - maybe you truly ARE on the mend!

    My plans? Going to dinner and a movie with my eldest daughter, whose husband is in Nicaragua, and tomorrow working and cooking and staying home with my beloved hubs and cat. : - ) THAT to me is a fine weekend. Hugs.

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  13. Started snowing here again in OKC. Glad you got out and back before the snow and ice hits. Hope your grandson recovers quickly from the ear tubes..he should feel much better and his hearing should improve!
    Stay warm!
    Miss Bloomers

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    1. Poor little fella. One ear infection right after the other.

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  14. Started snowing here again in OKC. Glad you got out and back before the snow and ice hits. Hope your grandson recovers quickly from the ear tubes..he should feel much better and his hearing should improve!
    Stay warm!
    Miss Bloomers

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  15. If it hurts less without the boot then I agree, something is wrong with it. Hope your project turns out, I'm super curious now! I keep waiting for it to get warmer out. Soon I hope!
    hugs,
    Linda

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    1. I'll show my project, that ended up like piecing a puzzle, in a few days. Not totally done with it yet. But I sure have some burned fingers from hot glue. Luckily I have an aloe vera plant inside to use on burns.

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  16. I work for a podiatrist and a brace like that is not supposed to cause you pain. You obviously need some sort of support, but that particular brace could do more harm than good-you need to have it adjusted.

    Shaley

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    1. But how do they adjust it? It's hard as a rock.

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  17. Thanks great that you got some relief from the pain Brenda. Hope your project works out, I'm curious as to what it might be. I'm beyond ready for Spring to be here, it's been a miserable Winter, I want it to end!!!

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  18. Oh I forgot to add that I hope your little grandson feels better soon. My kids had this procedure done and it works great.

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    1. I have emailed my daughter. He was sleeping peacefully yesterday.

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  19. We have no snow and haven't had any since the first part of January. We had lots of rain earlier on, but now it is getting really dry. Even the mountain snow is below average. As for the weekend plans, we are working on the ranch, fencing, and irrigation projects. Stay warm.

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    1. It snowed all day yesterday. Seemed a mixture of snow and sleet this morning. And now it's snowing again.

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  20. I am so glad to hear that your going to wear the stocking for the week and that the pain is down!!

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    1. I even forgot to wear the stocking yesterday afternoon while I worked on my kitchen project. It hurt a little more last night. Today I have on the stocking.

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  21. I thought I pressed "Preview," but I must have presse "Publish." My final paragraph may be missing the following text:

    As a grandma, let me add that the following helpful book (not available when my kids were young) says that ear infections are often due to allergies. The book is "Take Charge of Your Child's Health: A Parent's Guide to Recognizing Symptoms and Treating Minor Illnesses at Home" by George Wootan, MD.

    I just saw that you can "look inside it" at http://www.amazon.com/Take-Charge-Your-Childs-Health/dp/156924653X/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1425101765&sr=1-2&keywords=take+charge+of+your+child

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    1. Someone else commented that pacifiers were the problem. But Andrew has never used a pacifier.

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  22. Well, it seems that my original entry disappeared--I only see my "final paragraph" note above.

    There are two other things I wanted to include:

    1) I've found that homeopathic remedies can be helpful with aches and pains: Arnica as tablets or ointment or cream for muscle pain; Hypericum tablets for nerve pain. I learned about these remedies when my grandson was given Hyand's teething tablets, and they worked very well. He was also given Arnica ointment for a big bump on his forehead, and the swelling went down in less than a day and the site never turned black and blue. I caught the fleshy part of my palm in a hinge on my old (Goodwill) tea trolley when closing the leaf. I used Arnica tablets (30X is what I had on hand) and got relief within an hour, with the swelling gone and the skin color no longer a blanched white. Some people also use these remedies to treat their pets. If you want to investigate, there is lots of information to Google, and the online site for 1-800-homeopathy also has lots of information, as well as selling at a good price. HTH>

    I hope the following post from another blog will bring you a smile:

    http://karlascottage.typepad.com/karlascottage/dorkies_yorkshire_terrriers/

    Belated thanks for recommending Foam Factory in Michigan in a summer 2014 post when I was searching for a new mattress topper. I got free shipping, the topper arrived promptly, and it has been great (as it is used daily, not in a guestroom, I followed their advice and bought the densest one).

    Wishing you all the best with love and prayers!

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    1. I shall check it out. I haven't checked in with Karla for awhile. We've known one another blogging for a long time.

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  23. Poor little guy! Hope the tubes help. I remember my middle one having to go on a low dose antibiotic for a season due to recurring ear infections back in the day.

    I hope they figure this boot issue out for you as this one has to be incorrect or something! Glad you had some pain-free time :)

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    1. Yesterday was not as good as the day before, but I worked longer. And forgot the hose.

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  24. My children had many ear infections when little. The doctor said that when they become older, the angle of the ear canal changed, drainage would be easier, and the infection would subside, which it did. Not sure about it, but that's what happened.

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    1. Well, that sounds right. I'll tell my daughter.

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  25. Ditto the above comment with my daughter. Ear infections are all too common in young children, but they almost always grow out of it.

    Don't put that stupid brace back on until you know exactly why it's causing you pain. Something is off about it and I think it's doing more harm than good.

    Our fridge broke down (it's over 25 years old) so we are buying a new one today. Last night friends had us to dinner and tonight we are going to play bunko with some friends from the community. Tomorrow, we have to shovel out our car that was left outside for two months and clean the house. Fun, fun, fun!

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    1. That's a good while for a fridge. Bet you can't buy one now that will last that long.

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    2. Doreen, It's nice to know someone else left their car out in the snow (my garage is only 2/3 cleaned out--so no room until Spring when we finish). I bought a new battery and would start the car and let it run every 7 days, then went to 6 days, then it was so cold... there was no starting. Very glad to be a member of AAA. Will wait until the weather is really Springlike to restart and use the car.

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  26. My children and grand children have had tubes, I was a wreck in the hospital and then I saw how ill the other children were I calmed down. My husband has had a brace for at least six years, he has been feeling pain recently and the doctor told him one day brace and one day not. He doesn't were the brace when he is at home. He brought some new shoes that allows him to wear the brace (size bigger then normal). My son brought real expensive shoes and he never wears them only when he see his son because his foot starts hurting. The shoe store person told him that the expensive show has extra padding and plus the brace he will feel pain. The shoe which has no extra padding and brace works out better for my husband. Does this make any sense? I love all your bright new colors, when I went to the store and see items I tell myself Brenda would love this. Busy week for me and I just want to be home.

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    1. I don't know what the answer is. I don't how they can tell what's the matter with the brace, as it's so hard (the material it's made out of). At home I usually don't wear it. But the other day when I was working on my project, I thought it might be better to wear it. That was the day I was in so much pain. No going to wear it today or this week if I can help it.

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  27. There are all sorts of different kinds of braces. We use something called an Arizona Brace which is molded to fit your foot and leg. We also build up the insoles in your opposite shoe so that you are walking on a level plane-should eliminate your back pain. It is amazing what a difference 1/16" will make. Whatever you do Brenda, the brace should NOT cause you that much pain. It is not a case of "getting used to it". It should be comfortable the minute you put it on and go. I know your insurance situation is precarious, but have you considered a second opinion?

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    1. This was molded with a cast to fit my foot and leg, but something is off. And they just keep putting pads in it.

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    2. I just got up and checked. It is an Arizona Brace. Now how do you tell what is off when it's made of such hard material?

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  28. Sorry you are still in the deep freeze out there.

    Those surgical stockings are like magic to me. When I had my knee replacement last June, I was required to wear them for a month. Then, I continued to wear the right one especially in the house and even to sleep in. I also wore it under my clothes as much as possible for several months more. (It was summer and Hot!) But it is amazing how it helps with pain. My physical therapist is a long-distance runner, and he told me he sometimes uses them for long runs. He said that they keep everything in place which is what helps with the pain, but I should wean myself off it and strengthen the muscles. Have you been given any exercises?



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    1. Not really doing exercises except yoga and I do some in the shower lifting off with my toes.. I remember the first time I put the stocking on, and then in the evening took it off. When I took it off, it kind of felt like my foot was falling apart. Like I didn't have enough support to hold everything in place, if you know what I mean.

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  29. They obviously need to remold it and should do it on their dime. Is it possible the shape of your ankle changed since they molded it? Swollen? Less swollen? Mixed up the molds and someone else is wearing your brace? A little padding is beneficial, but you should not have to pad to that extent just to make the thing wearable. Good luck and be persistent!!!!!

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  30. Well I had plans to go browsing at our local antique mall...but the snow put an end to that...my feelings of Brrrr..are turning into Grrrr..lol..

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