Heal, heel -- 07/26/02

Friday Five

1. How long have you had a weblog? I don't have a weblog, I have a website that is mostly my online journal.

2. What was your first post about?
My first post was about watching a lunar eclipse surrounded by typical kinds of activities that took place in our house at that time. My first entry: "A Lunar Eclipse" 09/26/96.

3. How many changes (name, location, etc.) of your weblog have there been, if more than one?
Same name, same location, almost six years now. (I have thought about buying my own domain -- but somebody is cyber-squatting on the name I want, asking for an outrageous price -- and then there's the problem of moving everything.)

4. What CMS (content management system) do you use? Do you like it or do you want to try something else?
Huh? My content management non-system consists of writing entries (for years I puritanically insisted on using a plain text editor but a year or so ago I switched to using IBM WebSphere Studio Homepage Builder) and moving them from my PC to my file structure (folders) on Geocities. One of these days (*snicker*) I've got to copy all that stuff onto a CD. Yep, someday real soon now.

5. Do you read people who have both a journal and a weblog? Or do you prefer to read people who have all of their writing in one central place?
Yes, I do... but I prefer journals.

I saw a new podiatrist yesterday. He diagnosed my heel problem as being primarily plantar fascitis (yes, I know, a couple of you wrote me with that diagnosis... I'd had similar thoughts... but my former podiatrist did not think that was my problem... but she didn't do the examination that this guy did... she simply seemed to lump my heel pain in with having old feet in general and my bunions seemed to be her prime interest... please note the adjectives "new" and "former").

A cortizone shot was a bit uncomfortable (and seemed to take two or three minutes) but it made a big difference right away. He told me I can resume running (within reason) but that I must always stretch my foot before and after (and in the morning and at night and whenever possible, plus I have some suggested foot exercises) and if I experience pain or discomfort I need to ice it down and also take an anti-inflamatory... and I cannot go around without shoes... not even just to feed the cat or make a morning pot of coffee... and I must always wear my orthotics.

I actually ran three miles before dinner tonight. No pain. Right now my heel is a little sore, but no pain. When I got up this morning... no pain. (I was a good patient... I did my morning foot stretching exercises before getting out of bed and I put my shoes on right away (after inserting the orthotics). Now we'll see how it feels tomorrow morning. I was running just about the time that the Blessing of the Fleet 10-miler was being run. Ah well, there's always next year.

Oh, by the way, here's that bike path that I frequently mention in here.

Drove over to Westerly last night with Nancy and her mother to see this year's Shakespeare in the park production... Comedy of Errors... It was a bit of a slapstick production, very funny, very effective, and probably similar in feel to the way the original productions at the Globe must have been, keeping the groundlings amused.

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