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Saturday, 18 August 2012

Plantar Fisciitis

The heel pain being excruciating and quite unbearable I went to an orthopedic doctor.

He confirmed that the pain was due to plantar fisciitis.

I tried to find out what exactly is the problem.

The plantar fascia is a tissue that connects the heel to the toe joint. Plantar Fisciitis is an inflamation of this tissue. The reasons can be varied.

In my case I am flat footed. Plus in July, I had done a lot of trekking. In fact trekked for 3 consecutive weeks and the last trek was in bad pain. I could not go back on a commitment I had made almost 6 months ago.

Also recent blood tests had indicated a deficiency of Vitamin D3. This is a common phenomenon amongst Dialysors.

In most situations, the condition is treated using ice packs, a set of exercises to strengthen the tissue and analgesics to help control the intense pain.

In dialysors, (patients on dialysis) or for that matter anyone with end stage kidney disease, analgesics are dangerous. So that was ruled out. It meant I had to live with the pain.

I decided to meet a physiotherapist (a friend) who promised to recommend an exercise regime for me.

But she clearly told me that I had to rest and therefore trekking to Bhimashankar on 18th August was ruled out. She said that if I was lucky the pain would go by 2nd September when our next trek is scheduled.

This is an easy trek and we are planning to announce it as a kids trek. Kids treks are real fun as it is a revelation for kids about how beautiful nature can be and a revelation for us about how energetic kids can be.

She also suggested that I use some ortho footwear. Since I am flatfooted, she felt it would help me.

I wanted to get it done asap. I decided to go in for all of what she recommended.
  1. Exercises
  2. Ice Packs
  3. Ortho Footwear
I called up the firm that consults for ortho footwear and took up an appointment for the same day.

I really didnt want to miss another trek. 

Hope my heel recovers by then.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Heel Pain

During treks in the last few months, I was getting slower.

My feet were hurting and more so after treks. This pain was normally receding completely within a couple of days but lately the pain was persisting. The heel specially was very painful.

In July this year, I did three treks in as many weekends. The pain was there. But yet the love of the sport kept me going.

However, after the third trek the pain was really bad and I was almost unable to walk. Also surprisingly the pain didnt recede after a while. On the contrary it was getting worse.

My favourite trek is Bhimashankar. V Hikerz had planned it for 18th August. I was looking forward to the trek. When the event was announced as well the pain was terrible.

In the event invite I shared my problem about the pain and remarked that I would be able to join only if the pain was better.

Someone in the group suggested it could be Plantar Fisciitis. This needed attention and some treatment.

I checked online about this condition and found the symptoms to be identical. I was worried.

My first reaction was to call up a friend who is an orthopedic doctor. He suggested I meet a local ortho immediately as the condition needed to be responded to.

I read a lot about this condition and realised that there is an inflamation in the tissue that connects the heel to the finger balls which covers the complete foot from below.

I was worried. Bhimashankar had been announced. I really didnt want to miss out on this one.

My foot had 10 days to recover for Bhimashankar.

It was imperative to rush to the doctor....................

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Trip to Chennai

I take hemodialysis twice a week. Normally on mondays and fridays.

I took the session in Mumbai on monday and left for Chennai on Tuesday. The induction was to start from Wednesday. I thought I would check out the hospital and complete formalities there on tuesday so I could focus on my induction from Wednesday onwards.

Luckily for me Apollo Hospitals was near my office so I decided that I would take my treatment there.

In Chennai local transport is expensive. A ricksha charged me 70 rupees to travel 2.5 km. Again the hospital is around a km away from my work place. My would be colleagues told me that it is better to take a ricksha.

In a way, I guess the rickshas charge that much as people prefer to travel by them even for short distances.

After meeting the HR at my new employers I decided to walk it down to the hospital. It took me around 20 minutes but it was a pleasant evening and I enjoyed the walk.

I had done a lot of groundwork from Mumbai itself so it didnt take me any time to complete the paperwork at the hospital and I was back in the hotel room.

I had my dialysis scheduled for Thursday. I was worried as I was consuming a lot of salt. But somehow did my best to reduce intake.

The hospital experience was unique.

Being a top hospital I was expecting the nursing staff and technicians to know a bit of english. However, to my surprise they didnt.

Fortunately the patient who was taking dialysis on my neighbouring machine helped bridge the language divide and I was able to communicate.

Another issue I had was there was no mobile signal. My friend Sanjay Nadkarni had promised to drop in just in case there was an emergency and he was trying to get in touch. My parents in Mumbai were also worried and were trying to contact me.

the signal used to just appear once in a while and I received several smses. Most of them were missed call notifications. Well that was my only connection with communicable people.

I messaged Sanjay to book a cab for me at 1 am (my dialysis was scheduled to end at that time) and also messaged my parents.

Mysteriously the signal picked up when the taxi guy called me to inform me that he was waiting for me at the hospital gate...

But thereon there were no further adventures. I was picked up at night and dropped off at the hotel.

It was quite late and my boss had offered to pick me up from my hotel at 9 am

It was time to crash out

Monday, 6 August 2012

New Place New Adventure

Who says only treks are adventurous ?

My trip to Chennai was one such adventure.

The start up that I had joined almost went bust and I was in bad shape financially. I had to pick up a job and quick.

I took the first offer that came up and it was a tough decision as it meant a continuous flow of income to meet expenses of my dialysis.

As a part of the induction process, I was required to travel to Chennai for a week. I did try to reduce the duration but it was not feasible. This meant two things

One : I had to depend on outside food (saltless is next to impossible)
Two: I needed to take one round of dialysis in a hospital in Chennai

I have taken dialysis in other centres earlier, but then there was someone from my family with me (was during personal visits)

This was an official visit and there fore I declined my dad's inclination to join me. Also it would have been very tiring for my dad as he is quite old now.

This meant I would be alone for my dialysis.

So I was having a lot of question marks. To add to it the uncertainty of being in a new place (almost alien as I dont have a clue about Tamil as a language)

In addition I would have to contend with the expectations of a new employer.

It was a bit tricky, but then I had to take a decision and I did.

I took up the challenge. Like I have always done.

Well Challenge might not be an appropriate word. Maybe Adventure is...........