I am one of those people that always has random ailments. Or maybe everyone does, they just aren't as big of a baby as I am and don't complain about it. Or write blog posts about it.
A few months ago I started getting these weird shooting pains in my left big toe every time I exercised (which I did for three weeks or so. Now that's done). It probably didn't help that I was wearing the same sneakers I had worn when I went to Australia six and half years ago. I AM SERIOUS. That's how little I exercise - six years, same sneakers.
In any event, I noticed it was hurting, but then my life kind of fell apart.
I stopped thinking about my big toe. And stopped thinking about my health generally.
Things just started to fall to the wayside. Exercise (okay, I wasn't really doing that anyway). Eating three meals a day. Eating vegetables. My one weeknight a week wine policy. My no regular soda policy. My no caffeine policy. My vitamin intake. My sleep schedule. My leg shaving habits.
The truth is, I just haven't been taking very good care of myself. I haven't had the time to. Or the energy to care.
But last week, when I took Casey to his 18 month appointment, I realized I probably needed to check in with myself too.
So I went on a doctor appointment scheduling spree. I went ALL OUT. We're talking gyn appointment, endocrinologist appointment, dermatologist appointment, annual physical, psychiatrist appointment, and dentist appointment. Appointments, appointments, oh my!
Oh yeah, and my bum toe. That's what this whole post is about, right?
A few weeks ago the shooting pain turned to numbness. So now the tip of my left big toe is numb. Which isn't the worst thing in the world, but what if the numbness eventually spread from my big toe to the rest of my body and then I would be one of those people that couldn't experience pain and I'd have to wear eye patches while I slept so I didn't scratch my corneas?
I wasn't sure who exactly to make an appointment with, so I chose an orthopedic surgeon. As I write that, it looks even more ridiculous. But that's who I saw. I went this morning.
And can I say it was the BEST DOCTOR'S APPOINTMENT EVER! The appointment was at 9:00am. I was leaving the office by 9:12am.
Let me tell you, this big toe numbness is SERIOUS BUSINESS.
Apparently I bruised my nerve when I jogged in 6 year old sneakers. Perhaps someday the feeling will come back. Perhaps it won't.
Whatever. If the worst thing I have to deal with in life is a numb left big toe, I should thank my lucky stars.
One appointment down, 6 to go. I'm on my way.