“Interesting” Day…

Posted on August 11th, 2009 in Uncategorized by mattachille

No major disaster and the day ended well, but I have had a day of terror, frustration and pure rage.

I decided to drive myself in to work for the first time today having mastered left foot driving. All went well and I was having a great day until around mid morning when I had to walk over to a meeting. Coming out of the elevator I hear a metallic snap and suddenly discover that my foot is no longer at the correct angle in the boot. So I hobble over to a nearby chair and examine the instrument of torture. My boot (see picture below) has a contractption at the heel that allows the foot plate angle to be changed and it turns out the one of the retaining bolts for that mechanism has completely sheared off instantly taking me from 7.5 degrees to somewhere nearer 0.0 degrees. Arrrrrgh!

So I get back in the car and drive 45 minutes to the doctors office and very gingerly make my way in (8th floor of parking garage & no elevator) to explain the situation. Turns out that I have not done any damage, but looks like insurance will not pay for a new boot. The nurse suggests a nearby orthotics supplier she believes is a cheaper place to buy a replacement and once again I very carefully make my way over only to find their price is at least $100 more expensive. Back to my doctors office.

Another hour later and they have worked a deal whereby I do eventually get a new boot on insurance. As I was due to go to 0.0 degrees tomorrow anyway they believe they can swing it to re-equip me on that pretext. Frankly by this point I would have gladly paid double just to get out of the old one and be able to go home and take a shower followed by a cold beer. They could have just taken my credit card and named a price.

So ultimately I ended up flat footed a day early, although I still have to see the doc tomorrow and no harm done, but another 3 hours wasted in doctors waiting rooms. Man I just want this to be over.


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  1. on August 11th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

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  2. 2ndtimer said,

    on August 12th, 2009 at 10:55 am

    uh-uh…. I have the same boot.
    I wore it for 5 weeks….

  3. mattachille said,

    on August 12th, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    I’d had it a total of 3 weeks and been walking on it for two. I would not worry too much I think it was just a random thing, maybe a dud bolt. Although I freaked out a bit even with one leg splint the ankle was protected enough until I could get it seen to. Definitely pretty scary at the time though.

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