I went to the hospital yesterday.
In retrospect, it was probably a silly thing to do … but at the time, it seemed to be the right thing to do.
The day before yesterday, while I was at work, my foot started hurting … a lot. And I mean it REALLY hurt. So much so that I had a hard time walking.
I thought that I had twisted something … but it was really just my right big toe that hurt. I couldn’t remember banging my foot against anything. I also thought it might have had something to do with the shoes I was wearing. The shoes are a little big for me, so I usually wear thick socks with them. But that day the only socks I had were kind of worn in the toe area.
When I got home on Tuesday, I took a couple of Aleve (which is the best pain killer I know) … this dulled the pain a bit, but it didn’t go away. The pain was there all night … and kept me up a fair bit.
Around 5 am I woke up with my foot throbbing. I was starting to get really worried. I took another couple of Aleve, which helped the pain, and decided that I should get my foot checked out. Obviously I wasn’t going into work that day.
So around 10:30 I got in the car to go to Northwest Community Hospital … which a pretty big challenge … because the first time I had to apply the brakes I got a sharp pain in my foot. If there had been anyone in front of me, I probably would have rear-ended them.
I got to the hospital and hobbled into the emergency room. Explained the situation and they got me setup to see a doctor.
After waiting a bit of time the doctor looked at my foot … and decided x-rays were probably needed. I got the x-rays done, and waited a bit more time. The doctor came back and informed me that there was nothing structurally wrong with my foot (nothing broken) and no signs of gout or a sprain. I had probably just bruised the foot.
Anyways, the doctor sent me home with instructions to keep taking the Aleve for the pain … and if it didn’t clear within 5 days up I should contact my primary physician.
So I go home, take another Aleve, and settle down to just sit with my foot elevated.
Well the pain started to taper down close to dinner … and by this morning, it was fairly tolerable … although I was still hobbling.
By the end of the work day the pain was almost completely gone.
Yesterday I was convinced that I had broken something … now, it’s almost completely fine.