Where does it hurt?

My left foot has been amputated. To most people’s surprise, and my own, a great deal of my left foot pain has been eradicated. I didn’t expect it, and most people with lived experienced with amputation didn’t either. I could no longer walk on my left foot, switching it out for a prosthetic will allow me to walk again, which is the outcome we’re still waiting for as my wound heels. Stage Four Flat Foot was the name of my condition, indicating soft tissue could not support my ankle from rolling in and under itself. Aye, there’s the rub. I have “lousy cartilage genetics,” and my foot was once described as a birth defect expressing itself now.

My pain continues being original to me, and there’s plenty enough to go around my body. The last couple of days were difficult because of my increased activity after surgery. My remaining limbs are picking up all the slack.

Bad cartilage genetics is osteoid-arthritis and in my back that’s disk degenerative disease and spondylolisthesis. Sciatica (good name for a geriatric metal band,) is what my parents’ generation called it, though in that case it is primarily one nerve, the sciatic nerve that is pinched. There are more nerves between more vertebrae and disks collapsing and pinching nerves. Sponylolisthesis is just a little different in that the genetic degeneration of cartilage and/or trauma causes one vertebrae to tip over forward the one beneath.

My sister, a former pianist and me still pounding away on this keyboard as if it was the manual typewriter I used in the sixties, have bad hand pain. My sister is ten years older, and her hand pain is worse. I’m noticing my other pain centres and new ones now the biggest one has been relieved. Doctors know this pain is often made worse by bad weather changes, though they don’t know why. So level 8 pain on Monday and Tuesday, dark and wet, only six and declining today. I do have a fantasy of a pain free day, but it is a fantasy. Today my right side is generating most of my pain for the extra use it’s had standing in and supporting my entire weight, and that of my wheelchair when I chuck it into my van. I hold onto to the van’s grab bar with my left. So today it’s my right knee, my right hip, my right shoulder wringing pain, add the hands, especially now that I’m typing again, and the sciatica thing.  Well to sum up. I hurt pretty much everywhere.






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