I know a number of people who could not wear various braces at all because of the discomfort or other problems that they cause. My youngest brother was born crippled, and he had full leg braces from the waist down for both legs. Back in the 1960s, they were stainless steel and leather and had attached shoes. I don't know how he tolerated them. [he died very young>
There was a poster in the doctor's exam room about various orthotic products for different types of problems with bone injuries. It was a nightmare to look at them. Many of them looked like slightly updated versions of devices from the Dark Ages. I just hope I never ever need any of them. I guess it is an attempt to be informative to patients? Or advertising for the company who manufactures them.
That is funny about your brace being a door stop! I was thinking perhaps a dog chew toy? But I don't want them eating that foam rubber, so I don't think so. At the moment mine is stuffed in the bottom of my closet.
I know of a website where you can complain about defective products, and I think it is called 'the complaint board.com' or something like that. I don't have it handy to check for sure though.
Sorry you have to have hip surgery, and on both hips! I hope it all goes well, and you heal quickly. My Dad had 7 total hip replacements on the same hip. He was in a terrible car wreck as a teenager--he was a passenger and the driver was drunk--and he lost his left hip back in 1944. Back then all they could do was remove all the bone fragments. In the 1960s, the hip replacement surgery was experimental, and his doctors were some of the inventors. It did help him somewhat at least. He also had a spinal fusion to try and repair the damage from years of walking with no hip joint in his left leg. He had to relearn to walk 9 times in his life.
You will have to do some therapy with those surgeries, but I hope it all goes well. They have improved the surgery from what I have heard.
I have been limping mostly from the diabetic neuropathy--I had that for 3 years for the diabetes was Dx'd. But I also have an old spinal injury, and many other injuries. I am used to limping, and it is no worse since the original sprain and bruising has healed. I am hoping the torn tendon will heal up in time. If it doesn't, I ought to be able to manage anyway.
Hi Auriga 1 glad to see you too.
My Mother is a retired RN, and she also agreed that I shouldn't wear the boot if it is causing me so much pain in my back and hips. No thanks on the cast. That means NO bathing! And in the summer heat ---eewww... He didn't say that I had to immobilize it. I cannot sit around doing nothing with my foot propped up on a pillow or something.
He is a nice doctor, I think he does not understand how uncomfortable those crazy boots are. They have lots of foam rubber for padding, but elevating the foot 6 inches longer than my other leg is not a good idea. Probably they were taught that in medical school.
Did you know that once upon a time, medical students were taught that a hysterectomy would cure ALL of a woman's problems? We all know that is not true. I read that in a history of medicine article.
I would walk 6 miles per day if I could. I need to get a pedometer to see how far I am walking, and perhaps increase it. I used to walk 3 to 5 miles or more per day before the neuropathy put a cramp in that.
I hope your plantar fasciitis clears up soon. My dogs love to go walking too. I do not take them down my dirt road though, in case they decide to chase a rabbit or a deer or something... I recently saw a mountain lion in my pasture. It was out in the open, in broad daylight and at close range. I hope went far away though.
Hi Everyone. I have not been able to visit here in a long time. Sorry.
Back in April the power company trimmed trees and cut several trees down in my yard. I walk my dogs several times at night before going to bed [they sleep in the house>, and I get around by the tree silhouettes because my night vision is not good. They cut one of the trees I used to use to find the path. I found the tree stump the hard way, and tripped over it and injured my heel and ankle a lot...
I spent a good bit of the night in the ER. The good news is that I did not break anything. I had to see the orthopedic doctor and have an MRI. The ortho wants me to wear a HUGE black Frankenstein boot. I tried it for a day, and had to quit wearing it as it causes extreme pain in my knees, hips, and lower spine--I have lots of old injuries in those places--and it makes my injured leg at least 6 inches longer than my good leg. Apparently they are taught such dumb things in medical school...
I cannot walk with that stupid thing on my leg. I saw him last week, and he says I have a half inch tear in the Achilles tendon. The bruising is gone, and the swelling is much improved, and I can walk almost as good as before my injury --I have been limping for over 15 years due to the diabetic neuropathy and arthritis and other old injuries-- so the limping is no big deal any more. I was wearing the small brace from the ER for a time, but I don't need it now. The ortho of course disagrees and thinks I should wear the Frankenstein boot for who knows how long. He was nice about it and did not make an issue of it, but wrote down that I was not wearing the brace against medical advice. Oh well. That is fine with me.
Personally, I think those boots ought to be banned by the FDA. They are very dangerous and a huge class action lawsuit waiting to happen. They are not safe for klutzes like me. I do not need nor want a fractured hip, or broken neck, or other new injuries. I am still having a lot of hip and spinal pain due to wearing that idiot thing for barely 24 hours. They could at least modify them so that a person's injured leg is still the same length as the uninjured leg. I almost forgot, he also RX'd a 6 inch cushion to put inside of that stupid boot!!! That caused extreme pain in the arch of my injured foot, and the therapy guy that fitted it to me [that is a loose term as it was really quite huge on my foot....> He took out one slice of it, and I took out a 2d slice, and it was still very painful to wear.
Some of my friends think I should wear it, but I have no intention of taking their ill-informed advice. They do not even listen when I try to tell them why...
Right now that ugly boot is an eyesore in my bedroom... Apparently, they are not meant for multiple patient use according to the pamphlets with it. Not sure what to do with it, because I refuse to wear it again. I am sure my insurance has/ or will pay a fortune for it.
I also bought solar lights to light up dark places in my yard where the flood lights do not reach.
I love eggs, and usually have them for breakfast most mornings. I sometimes have them otherwise when my chickens are laying good. I like them over easy with whole grain toast and fruit. I get anemic if I don't eat enough eggs.
My doctor says eggs are just fine, and to eat as many as I like.
It is the processed foods/ faux foods that are bad for our health. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and milk are the most wholesome foods.
Meats are 'used' protiens, and not as healthy as natural protiens. The animals used for food are fed all kinds of harmful foods, and abused cruelly. They are full of diseases.
Cardboard foods are not worth the room they take up, and are full of toxins. Sodas, and sugary pastries and junk foods are not healthy. Those are the things everyone should avoid, diabetic or not. [Sometimes it is hard to avoid them 100%, but if you even cut back majorly you are improving yourself.>
I don't know the answer to your question. However, I had undiagnosed gestational diabetes with all 3 of my babies back in the 1970s when all they had was pee in the cup once a month. They weighed 10 lbs, 9 lbs 15 oz, and 9 lbs 2 oz at birth. They were all just fine. And no C-section.
However, since you KNOW you are diabetic, and pregnant, please do what you can to control your blood sugars. Learn from others on here how to manage your sugars, and keep them as even as you can. You STILL have to eat sufficient for your Baby to grow well. Have you started prenatal care yet? That is very important to your health, and the health of your Baby. You will need prenatal vitamins too to be sure you get enough for Baby.
You do need to get your A1c down better, probably closer to 7, or a bit under. I am not sure what the OB/GYNs recommend nowadays for that.
Take a deep breath and relax, and come here often to learn how to take care of yourself.
I am mostly vegetarian and eat very little meat. So for me, things like whole grains, beans, and nuts are my main protiens. Plus I eat eggs and dairy. I am allergic to soy, so that is out. I hate leafy green stuff... and I cant chew it due to dental problems.
I do have some deserts, but not all the time. If I have them, I trade off something else.
Just remember, if/when you do have a too low sugar, to use REAL sugary something such as OJ, or jelly. I have even heard of icing being used, glucose tablets, or some such thing to bring it back up in a hurry. And have a serving of protien with it to stablize your blood sugar. Artificial sweetners are no good for a low episode.
I have a diabetic friend who is much younger than me [I am 60>. She has had several heart attacks, and strokes. She has been fighting for disability for many years, and medical coverage. She finally got her disability a couple of months ago, but they are dragging on her medical even though the judge ordered it. She is now blind in one eye, and losing her sight in the other. She is having major PAD symptoms in her good leg, and maybe the other one. She cannot get the care she needs to stabilize her diabetes without the medical coverage. If they had given her the disability early on, her diabetes would not have been so neglected and so advanced. I hope they get off their behinds and get her medical coverage before they kill her.
If you make a casserole, you could serve protien as a side dish. Have a serving of protien, and count the casserole as either 2 or 3 carbs depending on your portion size. Skip any bread and or desert if you like. I usually serve casseroles as a side dish. I do NOT do the math. It gives me a headache.
To me 1 peice of fruit such as apple, pear, banana = 1 carb. I have my own system because I really hate math. Nor am I going to waste a half banana. I WON'T eat the other half later because it will be brown and nasty.
I am not counting out 2 peices of dried fruit as a carb. A small or med handful = 1 carb for me.
1 potato = 1 carb. A dab of butter = 1 fat. No, I do not get stingy enough to weigh/measure the butter.
I do not sweeten cold cereal. BUT I will lightly sweeten tea or lemonade or hot cereal. Artificial sweetners make me sick, literally.
If I bake a desert, I decrease the sugar by approx. half.
If I have something extra that I want, I cut something else that I do not want. [Isnt that why they call them "exchanges" ?>
Personally, I love breads, potatoes and pasta. I hate rice, but will sometimes eat a little depending on how it is made.
Eat whole grain breads. If you like them, eat whole grain pastas. Or eat regular pasta, but in small amounts.
I hate "FAT FREE" junk. YUK. I will NOT eat it. I eat regular fats, but skimp on them instead. Remember that junk they used on potato chips a few years ago? That stuff was oral TNT and would cause all kinds of terrible problems. It ain't crossing my lips. I tasted it a time or two until I found out its nasty side affects...no thanks. I will not drink skim milk. My mother used to make that nasty powdered skim junk when we were kids. Some dumb doc told her it was "healthy". Not gonna do it. They found out later, that it is not good for kids.
Anyhow, experiment a bit. I cannot eat ramen noodles. They send my sugars into orbit. Who needs fried dough anyhow? Maybe they do not bother other people's sugars.