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A side of the film industry most people never see.

Not what I wanted to hear, but it could have been worse.

The visit to the podiatrist was enlightening.

I got the reader-predicted advice to stretch more (apparently my Achilles tendons are ‘incredibly tight’ and it’s the source of many of my problems), fitted for new orthotics, a lecture about not letting the tread on my work shoes wear down so much, and an injection of cortisone into a cyst (that hurt like hell and I had to bite my lip to keep from yelling – I didn’t want the elderly woman in the next room to think I was a wimp).

The bad news is that I’m going to have to have the bunion surgery.

Not right now, thankfully. There’s a predicted SAG strike next year, so I’ll do the surgery then, since the doctor told me I’ll be out of work for at least 8 weeks.

If I’ve got to be out of work for 8 weeks, it may as well be in the middle of what may very well be a protracted work stoppage.

Filed under: Non-Work

8 Responses

  1. Doom/Blondie says:

    damn, girl, that’s at least a year from now… can you afford to go so long without surgery…?

    there are more things important that money.

    anyway, best of luck.

    doom/blondie

    x

  2. Peggy Archer says:

    I can wait a year, actually.

    The podiatrist told me that bunion surgery isn’t permanent (they’ll keep coming back), so it’s better to wait until they get worse – I can still walk okay and the new orthotics will help.

    Of course, if the pain doesn’t get better I’ll have the surgery sooner.

  3. sarah says:

    i had that surgery – it was the best thing i ever did. my foot hurt me 24/7, and now it doesn’t hurt at all. plus, now my foot doesn’t look all tore up in a pair of strappy sandals…it does take a couple months for all the swelling to go down, but it’s not too bad.

  4. jer says:

    Plan the surgery, if the past is indeed prologue, the studios and nets will have built up a stockpile of shows that will keep us working for the next several months. Know that they will run them, strike or no strike.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Definitely get a second opinion before having bunion surgery (your insurance company might require it, in any event). I’ve known a couple of people who’ve gotten different recommendations from different podiatrists. Which is not to say that some podiatrists are wrong, it’s just that they can have reasonable differences of opinion, more so than most medical professionals.

    Peter
    Iron Rails & Iron Weights

  6. Carly says:

    Agreed on the second opinion thing, and I hate to sound like a new-agey freakout, but have you ever tried cranial sacral therapy? I was a skeptic at first, but that stuff has done wonders upon wonders for my health issues to the point where some of them have been cured. I shit you not.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Peggy, don’t take this lightly and assume that it always goes well. There are some real horror stories out there on bungled bunion surgery. I have a friend who had a bad result. If I had this problem I would do a lot of word-of-mouth checking to find a surgeon who is expereienced and capable. Get it done, but get it done right.–>

  8. Lou says:

    I had a chevron bunionectomy 4-05 on my L foot. Today, almost 2 yrs later I still hurt. My bunion is still there, worse than before. My large toe is COMPLETELY numb, all over, shorter and stumpy . My second toe has feeling but it is shorter too. My range of motion downward is 50% less and upward 50% less.

    He was a “renouned” othopedic surgeon that butchered me. I cannot wear certain shoes now (shoes were better before). I cannot stand for the sheets to touch my numb toes as it feels weird and I have “deep” intense pains in my big toes everyday. My foot is ugly, scarred and a different color from my other. Not to mention the bacterial infection I got in outpatient surgery. 4 wks of antibiotics and they were talking amputation of my foot possibly higher! DO NOT DO IT-keep the feet God gave you, please. the pain NEVER GOES AWAY, honest.

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