Three Things Thursday

17 05 2012

This is kind of a random post, but I thought I’d share with you some interesting things that happened this week.

1. I officially cancelled my cable! A little over a month ago, there was a power surge that shut off my TV. And then I couldn’t get it to turn on again. I tried unplugging it, restarting the surge protector, and any other thing I could think of, but it still didn’t work. So, I decided to see how I would handle missing the Today Show in the morning, Glee and HIMYM, and my Friday night guilty pleasure of Say Yes to the Dress. Y’know what? I handled it just fine! So, after a month of paying for cable and not utilizing it, I figured it was about time to call em up and cancel it! That’s an extra $50 in my pocket each month!

Sayonarra, Cable!

2. I went to the podiatrist this week because my right foot has been bothering me since right after the marathon. He took some foot x-rays, and thankfully, it wasn’t fractured! The doc said it is probably inflamed cartilage. It was really neat to see the x-ray of my foot. The pain is right around the sesamoid bone in my foot. See the two little blobs in the ball of the foot below? That’s the sesamoid bone. Normally, that would be one blob, but some people (like me) have a bipartite sesamoid, which means its in two pieces. Mine’s in two pieces not because it is broken (the edges weren’t jagged) but because it’s just how I was born. I read a stat somewhere that said 25% of people have a bipartite sesamoid.

The doctor told me that I should keep resting it, icing when I need to, and if the pain is real bad I can take an ibuprofen. He also hooked me up with a “dancer’s pad,” which is basically a pad that goes just below the ball of my foot to take some of the pressure off. If the foot doesn’t improve, he told me to come back. He also said that the location of the callus on my foot indicates that I strike pretty hard on the ball of my foot. He said that my foot is pretty flat, and that a pair of orthodics would help.

Here’s where I need your help bloggies- should I go for the orthodics? Should I do foot exercises to strengthen my arch? Should I get a pair of Newtons? Should I do it all?? I know there’s a huge orthodics market out there, and I worry about just being another sucker to give them my money. I never thought I had flat feet! But, I’m no doctor, so I don’t know. Help!

3. I went to a Teach for America alumni event this week, and walked away super inspired. I was able to meet and network with so many smart, dedicated, motivated, hard-working individuals who are doing some pretty awesome stuff. It really made me sit back and think, what am I doing to make a difference in this world?
How’s your week been?