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Douglas, Alaska, United States
I have lived in Alaska since 1978, having come to Juneau as a Jesuit Volunteer. I fell in love with Alaska and now live on Douglas Island with my husband and two dogs.

Monday, October 15, 2012

"Uh Oh! I've got...HAPPY FEET!"

The foot saga continues.

I went to the other podiatrist today and he was a huge improvement over the first one I saw.  He introduced himself, sat down, and asked what he could do for me.

He obviously had reviewed my notes from the orthopedist before the appointment, was very polite, gave me a little tutorial on the mechanics of feet, told me exactly what he was doing when he did the examination, asked me repeatedly if I had any questions, and gave clear explanations.  He recommended orthotics and sturdier shoes and gave me a great handout on how to test the shoes I already have.  I think I am going to be disposing of most of my shoes :-(...

I was very satisfied with my experience and relieved that I don't have to get steroid shots or surgery!

I immediately went and bought orthotics and new shoes.  I'm looking forward to feeling much better soon!


  1. What a turnaround! I'm glad that you are getting the help you need. Although I am sorry about having to ditch so many shoes!

  2. Yeah! And how wonderful that you can avoid surgery! Perhaps you had some pronation with your old shoes? I have wide feet too, so I know how hard it is to find good shoes that fit AND give you proper support!

  3. So glad you finally got some answers. When I got orthodics for my shoes it made a HUGE difference in my entire back and legs too. If I wear 'bad' shoes, even for a few hours, I will suffer for days. xo

  4. Hi there, here is the pumpkin pattern you asked for:

    Tiny Pumpkin Crochet Pattern 

    Materials - I used Knit Picks Dishie cotton yarn & stuffing
    I used a D hook, American crochet terms are used in this project
    (NOTE: You can either work in continuous rounds, or at end of each row, slip stitch into 1st sc, ch 2 to count as first sc)

    Rnd 1 - in Orange, make "magic ring" and sc 6
    Rnd 2 - 2sc in each st - 12 sts
    Rnd 3 - (sc1, 3sc in next st) x6 - 24sts
    Rnd 4 - sc2tog, (2sc in next st) twice x6 - 30 sts
    Rnd 5 - sc around
    Rnd 6 - (sc2tog, 2sc in next st, sc1, 2sc in next st) x6 - 36sts
    Rnd 7 - sc around
    Rnd 8 - (sc2tog, 2sc in next st, sc2, 2sc in next st) x6 - 42 sts
    Rnds 9-12 - sc around (I goofed and only did one sc round!)
    Rnd 13 - (sc2tog, sc 5) x6 - 36sts
    Rnd 14 - (sc2tog, sc 4) x6 - 30sts
    Rnd 15 - (sc2tog, sc3) x6 - 24sts
    Rnd 16 - (sc2tog, sc2) x6 - 18sts
    Rnd 17 - change to green - (sc2tog, sc1) x6 - 12 sts, stuff head
    Rnd 18 - (sc2tog) x6 - 6sts
    Rnd 19-21 - sc around
    Rnd 22 - sc2tog, sc4 - 5 sts
    Rnd 23 - sc2tog, sc3, 4st
    Bind off and sew closed (I fudged a bit on the stem)

  5. Thank you Paula for your comment today. I am so glad you went to another doctor. I am glad just getting new shoes will help so much.
    You asked where I live? I live in California. Our best storms come when they drop down from Alaska. When that happens we have nice, cold, weather and big storms. Last year the jet steam never dropped a single one down here so we had almost no rain. Or cold. We have had mostly summer from Last October on. So that is why I am excited. We had the warmest December-March ever with no rain.
    I think that was when all of the feet of snow was in Alaska. So I am happy for Alaska. :)

    1. Since we are pretty far south in Alaska, we didn't get nearly the amount of snow they got up north last winter! But we are supposed to have more this year because of La Nina (don't ask me how they know - I don't understand the weather!). Thanks for commenting!

  6. Oh Paula, when your feet hurt, you hurt all over. At least, I do! I can sympathize with you. So glad tho that you found a new doctor. A doctor that will take the time to explain everything to me is worth his weight in gold. Hope the new shoes work.

    My wants include a trip to Alaska. I have heard what beautiful country it is. Hopefully, next summer we'll do a cruise up that direction. It looks so pretty where you are at.



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