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Performing Human Experiments

May 7, 2009 - 6:00 AM


As of Tuesday, it's been 11 weeks since I broke my foot.  3 weeks ago, I noticed my pain level was going back up and found out I had a lesion on the top of my talus.  (When I landed with all my weight on my foot on concrete, the tibia slammed onto the top of the talus causing a divot.  This divot typically shows up between 6-8 weeks after an accident.  It is rare that it heals on its own without surgery and fairly common to cause lifelong chronic pain.  Sweet!) 

Given 3 options by my doctor, we opted for Option 3 which was 4 more weeks of limited activity.  However, for those 4 weeks we decided to perform various in-house, cause and effect experiments on myself.




I am probably the only one, but I find this all incredibly entertaining. 

The one experiment that shocked me the most was if I walk on my foot like a normal person for about 40', with no limping, it is like someone slashing at my ankle with a knife for a good 24 hours afterwards. But if I stay off my foot, walking on crutches, I have only a "normal" constant pain, with occasional spikes of pain that can be calmed with an ice pack.  Sleeping after staying off it for a whole day eased the pain a bit more for a short time in the morning, but once up and going the pain went up.  Thus far, nothing has made the pain actually cease.

I also find it entertaining that for the first time in my life I am taking daily vitamins.  Seriously, I HATE taking vitamins.  When I was a kid, I would hide the Flintstone vitamin in my mouth and then walk out of the kitchen and spit it out into one of my mom's vases with plastic flowers.  It was a long time before I was found out.

Now some doctors say food before supplements, others say supplements before food... ahhhh, love the internet.  But since I started first with vitamins, I am now going to work on foods.  We actually already eat most of the bone building foods recommended, broccoli, salmon, nuts, spinach, etc... but I haven't recently tried yogurt, soy, Chinese cabbage, kale & collards.  Another thing to note are the bone robbers like anti-inflammatory medicines, alcohol, salt, sugar, and caffeine... drat.  I figure my body runs on caffeine and can grow bones with it, but I think I may be proven wrong.

In any event, I have 1 more week before I get checked out again to see if any of this has helped the bone heal.  If you have any thoughts on another test I can do on myself, let me know!

*Josh asked what 10 was.  10 is not childbirth, nothing compares to that.  10 is like that rugby player who broke his foot the other weekend - OUCH!

Response to Performing Human Experiments

  • Jackie said on May 21, 2009 - 10:00 PM

    I'm glad that you have a good enough attitude about this persistent pain to find pleasure in doing experiments. Sounds helpful, actually. I know I'd have to write everything down to remember it. One thing that caught my attention is your little * at the end. Aaah! (What's on my mind these days...childbirth!) So if childbirth is off the scale...yikes! I guess I can see how it would throw off the rest of the scale to have childbirth in there. I just keep trying to remind myself of the words of my old midwife--anyone can do something for a day--right? A day of...whatever. And honestly, I'm hoping to get to experience a labor this time around--hopefully I can keep that perspective should it actually happen. Anyway, love to you! I hope they figure out how to help your foot!

  • Dana said on May 23, 2009 - 9:32 AM

    Thanks Jackie! And Childbirth is not off the scale as much as it is just a weird feeling that can't be compared to any other feeling. It is different for everyone too. You'll do great!

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