Ankles are stupid, the sequel

by Ginger on May 12, 2015

in I'm a Disaster

Have I mentioned before that ankles are stupid?

Lemme back up. (warning, venting & processing post ahead)

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In early March, I turned my ankle. It was dumb, I was just going to sit down cross-legged, and something gave out. I heard and felt a big pop, and it hurt like hell. I figured I sprained the stupid thing (again. Yes, it’s the same ankle as before).

But I noticed the pain was in a couple of weird places. It hurt on the top of my ankle, like my last ankle sprain, yes. But it REALLY REALLY hurt behind my ankle bone, and on the outside middle of my foot (what I would come through google images to figure out was the base of the 5th metatarsal). Those two spots hurt to touch, and the one on the outside of the foot kind of felt…well the way a bad stone bruise feels, kind of?

Anyway, after a couple of weeks of this, I went to the dr to get it checked out. I got the first appointment I could, with a sports med doctor. The dr spent exactly 3 minutes with me, said I had a grade 1 sprain, and tried to dismiss me. When I pushed about the other two outside spots, he said, “oh, you probably have some peroneal tendonitis.” My instructions were ice, a lace up brace, and some exercises to keep my ankle from getting too stiff. He said I should start to feel better in a few more weeks.

Fast forward a month and a half, and the pain is not getting better, but instead getting worse, to the point of keeping me up at night. It’s swelling more, and as an added bonus, my two little toes are starting to feel a little numb on occasion. I think that was the part that pushed me over the edge & I finally decided to go see a specialist.

I found someone online who specialized in feet & ankles, who was in network for my insurance, and who could see me the day I called. That was May 4th, almost exactly 2 months since I injured it.

When I went, he took an xray, listened to me explain all my pain and discomfort, felt around on my foot and ankle, did some manual manipulations, then said, “well, I think you probably have a torn peroneal tendon.”

I left with an order for an MRI, instructions to use my boot (new doctor was pretty pissed at first doctor for not having me in the boot already) and try to stay off my foot where I could, and his email address to let him know when the MRI was done so he could keep an eye out for the scans.

There was some nonsense w/my insurance getting the MRI, but I finally got it done & the results came back today:

Torn peroneal tendon.

Peroneal Tendons Figure 2

I forgot to ask the dr whether it was the peroneus brevis or the peroneus longus, but it kinda sorta doesn’t matter which. It’s a torn tendon either way, and both those tendons are apparently pretty stubborn about healing.

Let me interject here: I’m utterly thrilled to have an actual diagnosis. I’m not thrilled that I’m hurt, but I’m glad there’s an actual reason I’m in pain, and that it’s not just that I’m a wimp or making it up. There’s this thing that happens when you have had dealings with doctors without any resolution where you just start believing you’re a nutjob about everything. It’s part of why I didn’t fight the first doctor more, even though I was pretty sure my pain wasn’t a “typical” ankle sprain, because I clearly am just a hypochondriac with a low pain threshold. So yes, while I don’t want to be injured, at least I’m not crazy.

So the plan now is one month of physical therapy, to make sure we’ve covered all the conservative treatments. If there’s no improvement after that, then it’ll be surgery. The surgery is apparently not the easiest recovery: 2-6 weeks totally non-weight bearing on that leg, followed by another 2-6 weeks of an aircast, followed by physical therapy for some amount of time.

According to the dr & my research, physical therapy doesn’t have a super great success rate with this particular injury (pre-surgery). Something about lack of blood flow to the area or something like that? But as my doctor said, you can always have surgery, but you can’t go backwards and be conservative once you’ve done surgery, so he wants to give it a chance.

Fine fine fine. But also…

I’m not in a hurry for surgery, but at the same time, there’s a part of me that’s like…if physical therapy fails for this injury so much, could we just fast forward to the part that’s going to get me fixed? Plus, there’s a bit of a scheduling nightmare with something that would keep me with such limited mobility for so long. Also also, it’s a bit demoralizing to think that IF the physical therapy doesn’t work, I’m looking at anywhere from 4-6 more months of pain and discomfort before this is all done.

BUT. I also don’t want to have surgery if I can help it. I keep thinking of being non-weight bearing, in a 2 story house, with a five year old, over the summer, and whoooooo boy does that sound like a massive headache. I don’t want to be laid up in bed for weeks (though the working from home would be a bonus in that regard). I definitely don’t want to pay for surgery if I don’t have to. DO NOT WANT ANY OF THIS. So I’m going to go to physical therapy, and I’m going to be a model patient, and do whatever they tell me to, and not do whatever they tell me to, and wear my boot, and not overdo things on the weekends, and give my ankle every additional chance to heal and cross my fingers that I’m in the percentage of people who ARE PT success stories for this injury.

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Anyway, like I said, ankles are stupid.

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Once a Year

by Ginger on April 22, 2015

in Random

This past weekend I found myself in Seattle, for my 3rd Blathering. It was as fabulous as it always is for me, and as usual I came back with my giggle meter totally full, along with my heart.

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At this point, I know enough people who tend to go to The Blathering that I don’t get nervous going anymore. It feels more like going back to summer camp than meeting strangers, even when I don’t know everyone who will be there. I settle into an easy rhythm with some old friends, with a little bit of nervous energy with new ones. I’m a hugger (unless you don’t want a hug, then I’ll wave like a spaz instead), and it’s always nice to put my arms around someone I haven’t seen in a year (or ever). I’ve also found my rhythm at these events. I don’t care as much about sightseeing as I do talking and giggling. I don’t care as much about sleeping as I do staying up and being rowdy. I get a scant 3, 4 days with all these lovely women and as awesome as the cities we visit are, and as lovely as sleep is, those things aren’t what sells me on this event year after year. It’s the women, and the laughter, and the connections (and, ok, a little bit, the booze & the food. But mostly the women).


At the end of it all, I’m always more than ready to come home. And it, inevitably, takes me a few days to recover (seriously, staying up until 2 am drinking for 3 days straight? I’m way too old for that, and yet…). But mostly, at the end of it all, I just miss everyone. I can hear their voices in my head when I read their words on Twitter, and I can hear their laughter echoing in my ears, but it’s not the same. (Why haven’t we mastered that whole teleportation thing yet?).

I’m lucky to have found this tribe of ladies, and even luckier that it grows every year. And I’m grateful, oh so grateful, to be able to spend time with them in person. Even if it’s only once a year, it’s still at least once a year.

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Beauty Destash Sale!

by Ginger on April 2, 2015

in Random

We interrupt our complete lack of programming for this beauty destash sale!

I’ve got a bunch of lightly used/unused makeup, nail, and beauty items I’m trying to get rid of. Like, really, REALLY want to be rid of. This means goodies for you!

Here’re the details:

  • I’ll go based on time stamps in the comments. Please don’t email if you want something, I’ll just get confused (I’m easily confused).
  • Prices are negotiable. If you buy more, I’ll discount more. (Want it all? I’ll make you a super smokin’ deal). Seriously, make me an offer. (I do prefer to do $5 minimums though.)
  • If it’s sanitizable, I’ve sanitized it with a bit of alcohol. In the cases of pencils, I’ve sharpened & then sanitized. In the cases of lipsticks, I’ve wiped the top layer off, then sanitized.
  • If it’s NOT sanitizable, it’s only been swatched on my hand or a qtip, not directly on my lips, eyes, face.
  • Most items have been swatched 1x, or used anywhere from 1-3x max. I’ve tried to make clear if the usage is more than that.
  • I’ll ship the makeup or skincare stuff anywhere (if you’ll pay the shipping fees), but the nail polish only in the US. Sorry, USPS rules.
  • Shipping varies, but will likely start around $3 and goes up. If you spend more than $40, I’ll cover shipping unless it’s going to be like $20 or something stupid. If you’re going to the Blathering & don’t mind waiting, I can just bring it to you & save you the shipping.

eyeshadows

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bh Cosmetics Galaxy Chic (a few colors used 1-2x, the rest swatched) $10

Balm Voyage (lightly used) $20

eyestuff

Bare Minerals 5 in 1 Cream Eyeshadow Delicate Moss (swatched 1x) $9

Bare Minerals 5 in 1 Cream Eyeshadow Elegant Taupe (swatched 1x) $9

Elizabeth Moss Tints & Sass Lip & Cheek Tint–Cherry (full size, swatched 1x) $10

Stila Magnificent Metals Metallic Pixe Dust (used 2x) $20

Stila Magnificent Metals Vintage Black Gold (used 2x) $20

Mary Kay Cream Eye Color Apricot Twist (used 2x) $8

Julep Gel Eyeliner jet black (used 1x) $10

Nicka K Eye Light Crayon Violet (swatched 1x) $3

Nicka K Shimmer Eyeliner in Green ( swatched 1x on hand) $2

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide on Pencil in Black Velvet (. 03 oz travel size, used 2x) $5

Starlooks Gem Pencil eyeliner Amethyst (used 1x) $8

Starlooks Gem Pencil eyeliner Topaz (swatched) $8

Julep Kajal Eye Glider in Brown Shimmer/Carbon Black (used black 1x, used brown 3x) $10

Rimmel Scandaleyes waterproof  kohl in black (used 2x) $2

Ulta Gel Eyeliner in Night Sky (used 1x) $1

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Pencil in Zero (.03 oz travel size, about 1/4 used) $5

Elizabeth Mott Travel Size Smooth Shadow in Penny (used about 1/4) $5

Cynthia Rowley Travel Size Eyeliner in Silver (.03 oz, used 1x) $7

facestuff

Garnier 5 sec Blur (full size, used 3x) $8

ElevenSkin Perfection Eye Cream & Concealer (full size, swatched 1x) $10

tarte Pure Maracjua Oil (.23 fl oz. used 1x) $8

Jaqua Orange BFF Buttercream Shimmer Lotion (2.5 fl oz, used 1x) $4

drbrandt

dr. brandt pores no more cleanser (full size, unused) $20

dr. brandt microdermabrasion (.25 oz, unused) $5

lipstuff

L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinare–Nude Ballet (full size, swatched 1x) $4

Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm-Apple Pink (full size, used 2x) $10

Be A Bombshell Lip Gloss–Hot Mess (full size, swatched 1x w/finger) $7

Revlon Honey (probably about ½ left. All the printing has rubbed off the packaging as well) $2

Em Cosmetics Cabana Beige (used 3-4x) $7

NYC

Laura Geller Caribbean Kiss (a fair amount of use, but a good 60% left) $5

Mirabella Lipstick Posy (swatched 1x) $11

Absolute Love

Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick–Get Ready (sample size, swatched 1x) $5

Bare Minerals Marveous Moxie Lipstick–Light It Up (full size, swatched 1x) $10

Starlooks Lip Pencil Tickle Me Pink (unopened) $7

Secret Agent Beauty mini Foreign Intelligence Flirt (swatched 1x) $2

Starlooks lipgloss mini Guilty Pleasure (swatched 1x) $1

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm (used 3x) $3

Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm-Big Apple (full size, used 2x) $10

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm–Pixi Pink (full size, swatched 1x) $4

Hikari lipstick Cabernet (swatched 1x) $9

Ofra Lipgloss Plumper in Sultry (swatched on finger 1x) $6

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Nailtini Champagne $4

Julep Padma $5

that orange one

Zoya Mason (never used) $5

mini opi

Ruby Wing

Zoya Odette (never used) $5

Nailtini Caviar Cocktail $4

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Lovely Lilac $2

KleanColor Neon Sapphire $1

Kiss Gradation Polish (steps 1, 2, 3) Exposure $5

Sinful Colors Hottie $1

that little gold one

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Mermaid’s Tale $2

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Supernova $2

Sally Hansen Insat-Dri Grape Shifter $2

Deborah Lippmann I Love the Nightlife (never used) $5

NanaCoco Sweeter Than Sweet $1

Julep Clio $5

Julep Hartleigh $5

Julep Simone $5 (not pictured) http://www.julep.com/simone-classic-with-a-twist.html

marchindies

I tried to organize these as much as possible, but I may not have succeeded. I doubt many of you are interested in indies anyway, but I figured I’d throw them in for fun.

Demeter Roll On Perfume Oil–Jasmine (.29 fl oz., never used) $5

Detrivore Guilty fs $5

Detrivore Dreary fs $5

Detrivore Weaponry fs $5

Detrivore Apparatus fs $5

Detrivore Harlot fs $5

Hello Waffle Spinning Wheel FS $5

Hello Waffle Ghost of Christmas Past mini $3

Hello Waffle Snow Queen mini $3

Hello Waffle 23 mini $3

Hello Waffle Machine mini $3

Black Rose Minerals Lovefool sample (depotted in jar) $1

Black Rose Minerals Bruised sample (depotted in jar) $1

Black Rose Minerals Starfire sample (depotted in jar) $1

Geek Chic I Am Groot sample $1

Geek Chic Pumpkin King sample $1

 

Darling Girl Scry Harder petit $2

Darling Girl Delusional petit $2

Darling Girl Poseidon’s Wrath $1

Darling Girl Treasure Map $1

Shiro I Am Groot fs $5

Shiro Rebellion sample (depotted in jar) $1

Life’s Entropy Shadow Walk sample $1

Life’s Entropy Astral Imprisonment sample $1

Life’s Entropy Monkey Business sample $1

Life’s Entropy Horsing Around sample $1

Blackbird Lucid sample $1

Blackbird Fire Pledge sample $1

Darling Girl Purple Haze sample $1

Hello Waffle Likes Matte(r) sample $1

Victorian Disco Keeper of the Forest sample $1

Notoriously Morbid Shadow of Things mini $2

Fyrinnae Nemisis sample $1

Fyrinnae Last Kiss sample $1

Victorian Disco Helga mini $2

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I can’t seem to string many words together in written form these days, but I’ve got lots and lots of words to string together in video form when talking about makeup. If that kind of thing interests you, keep on keeping on down below!

First up, a monstrously long getting ready with me video. I do yammer on and on about makeup man.

Next up: a bit of a review of some of the Best of Becca set that I didn’t cover in that LAST video.

Well, I’m tired of the sound of my own voice now. But…makeup! Fun!

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A…WOOD Watch? Yes, Please!

by Ginger on March 10, 2015

in Random

A few months ago, JORD watches reached out to me, to see if I’d like to review one of their lovely watches. One of their wood watches. Now, I’m not a big watch wearer, and I’m not a super stylish, accessories laden lady, but I jumped at the chance for one very, very simple reason.

I’d been coveting a wood watch all year long.

I don’t know where I first saw the concept of a wood watch, but every time it came across my radar, I was enamored. And then, when we went to Hawaii, I saw ads for them everywhere, and they were gorgeous. Which did not help my wantwantwantwant. Something about the wood watch looks so simple, yet stylish, yet unique. So when JORD reached out to me, I couldn’t say yes fast enough.

I’m so glad I did.

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This is the Ely Black, one of their smallest women’s watches. As you can see, it’s still not a super dainty watch, but I just love the way it looks. It can be dressed down, it can be dressed up (so far I’ve worn it to Legoland, and out on a date, and also just sitting at home working), but either way there’s something a little special, a little unique about it. It’s not flashy, but there’s just this hint of…something that I just love. It feels stylish, without being cookie cutter.

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it comes packaged all snazzy too!

Now, I will give you a couple of heads up here. For one, it’s not waterproof, which makes sense when you think about the fact that it’s WOOD. They make sure to tell you that it’s splash proof but not waterproof, so while it can handle day to day splashing (washing your hands, rain, a walk on the beach, etc.), it’s definitely a watch you should take off before you, say, go surfing.

Also, because it’s untreated natural wood, there may be natural grain variations and may be slight “imperfections” in each watch, and over time may develop a patina in part due to oil and dirt (wood is porous yo). Now, I really like the imperfections in mine, but if you’re someone who wants a flawless piece from tip to top, and that will look exactly the same in 5 years as the day you get it, this might not be for you. They do say that you can oil it (like you would with a cutting board) to help maintain the original appearance (and help maintain the wood), but just something to note. I personally love what happens to wood as it gains a patina, so I probably won’t oil mine (or if I do, only occasionally), but ymmv.

But honestly, those are minor things for me. I just love the way it looks, and even though I don’t wear it every day, I love that I can wear it casual or dressed up equally (I mean, maybe not with a cocktail dress, but you know what I mean). It makes me feel stylish, which is not something I usually feel, so I call it a win.

Now the good news for you guys! JORD is letting me give away a $129 gift certificate to one of you! That’s the value of the Ely, or you could put it toward one of the more expensive versions (I personally want the Zebrawood & Turquoise Cora for my next one). The winner will also get free shipping on whichever watch they choose. It’s super easy to enter, just check out the rafflecopter widget below!
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*I was sent a JORD watch to review, but all opinions are mine.

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