I’d like to say it’s been a crazy few weeks around here, but I’m beginning to see that it’s always a crazy few weeks at my house. With two very active little girls, there is no rest for the wicked! Between piano lessons, baking for random school events, helping with reading homework, and just keeping all their stuff organized, it gets hectic around here. To add to the chaos, we’ve had an on again, off again schedule of people getting sick. In the last 2 months, we’ve had 3 rounds of strep throat, 1 sinus infection and numerous colds. Yesterday I had an appointment with the podiatrist because I was having pain in the ball of my foot when I walked (or ran) a lot. It (along with the sinus infection) had finally caused me to stop running. The podiatrist said it wasn’t a big deal, just a impinged nerve and that he could give me a simple little injection. Again, let me stress that this sounded like it wasn’t a big deal. I asked if it was cortisone, and he said no, it was another steroid and a pain killer. The pain killer should have been my first hint. He seemed rather nonchalant about the whole thing. So, I said go ahead, let’s get this thing taken care of. Holy Hannah!!! The shot itself wasn’t a big deal. It tweaked the nerve endings a bit but didn’t really hurt much. However, by noon I was feeling it. By 2pm I was walking to a drug store to find an ice pack to put on my foot. By 5pm when I left the office, I could barely get my shoe back on. My foot had swelled up like a sausage and it hurt to put weight on it. I went home and planted myself on the sofa with an ice pack and barely moved. It hurt every time the kids came to cuddle up with me. It hurt to have a light blanket on me.
This morning when I woke up, it was still very painful. However, it’s steadily gotten better over the course of the day. I can now almost completely curl my toes. I no longer want to curse the doctor or the broom he road in on. Honestly, the only good thought I had about that man was that at least he kind of flirted with me before putting me through this much pain.
Since I was stuck in a sitting position anyway, I decided it was time to take stock of our winter hats and see if the girls need any new hats for winter. I was amazed (not at the variety of hats, after all this is the Northland) but of how dirty they all were. I took several of the knit hats that were the worst offenders and washed them in the sink. Several fleece hats went into the washing machine. To be fair, only the bright multi-colored hat and the purple pointy hat are ones my girls will wear this fall. The others are baby hats that need to find a good home. In fact, the green one is one that will be going to a relatively new baby as soon as I finish it. I’ll talk more about it in my next post.
I’m starting to feel a new hat binge coming on soon. Maybe a sized up Vine Lace Baby Hat for Lily. There’s a better picture on Ravelry here. Since I can still get away with fun hats for both girls, maybe I’ll try the Purple Delight Hat. Whatever hat I choose, it’s got to be cool enough for the playground but still fun for the girls to wear (and for me to knit!).