Monthly Archives: September 2011

Update on foot

So this isn’t food related, but I have noticed a few people getting to my blog based on searches about foot surgery. I know when I was trying to find info about my surgery to have my EHL tendon repaired there wasn’t that much info out on the interweb. So in the interest of sharing my experiences I thought I’d give a quick update from my previous post.

Unfortunately I will NOT be crutch-free for MoFo. I saw the doctor on Tuesday (5 weeks post-op) and had my cast taken off, stitches removed, and my giant toe pin taken out. I asked if I could keep the pin. Look at the size of this thing!

I wish I could say that this was the end of my foot surgery adventure. Alas, I am now in a walking boot/aircast to keep my tendon protected. It is still extremely fragile and still needs time to heal. Apparently if I stub my toe the wrong way and the tendon bends down it will just snap. So the walking boot is really to keep my toe safe.

I can start walking on my foot a LITTLE bit (adding more time each week) and I start physical therapy next week. I haven’t been able to take steps without my crutches yet…you wouldn’t believe how weak my foot/leg is! My calf is all shriveled and tiny, there’s not much muscle at all. Oh well, I know it will come back.

Anyway, I am still going to MoFo, although I expect this will put a bit of a damper on my plans. Normally I LOVE not having a vehicle, but it super sucks when you are no longer able to walk to the grocery store. Oh well, onward and upward, I’ll make-do! One thing this experience has taught me is to appreciate small things like having unlimited mobility…just the simple act of being able to walk is a very precious thing.

Have you ordered your kitchen shoes yet??


Vegan MoFo V!

I am SO excited for Vegan MoFo! In case you live under some sort of rock, Vegan MoFo is the Vegan Month of Food. This year it is in October and the goal is to blog as much as you possibly can throughout the month. Fun! If you haven’t already, go sign up right now! You have until September 28th. You can also check out the official Facebook and Twitter. And don’t forget about the Flickr pool.

I’m pumped that MoFo coincides with getting my cast off and being fully functional in the kitchen again! My ambitious goal is 31 posts in 31 days. Can I do it? I’m not sure, but we’ll soon find out.


Why you should get a pair of kitchen shoes!

I had every intention of blogging regularly but unfortunately time has gotten away from me. I was taking food photos all summer with the plan of having lots of to talk about when VeganMoFo came around in the fall (more on that later). But alas, 4 weeks ago I had an unfortunate accident and my cooking has been on hold and I’ve pretty much been a hermit, leaving my apartment mainly for doctors appointments.

If stories involving foot surgery gross you out, don’t read further.

What happened, you ask? I was making the balsamic vinaigrette from Appetite for Reduction to take to work to eat with my usual lunch-time salads. I was cleaning the food processor container when the blade fell out and landed on my foot. At first I cringed as I thought that the plastic part had hit my foot and it was just hurting due to being hit, but when I looked down I quickly realized that wasn’t the case. The blade had landed on my foot, slicing it right near where my big toe meets my foot. There was blood, a lot of it. It was pretty crazy. Pretty soon afterward I was unable to move my big toe. We wrapped my foot up, jumped in a taxi, and headed to the ER. Things there went pretty smoothly. They stitched me up, confirmed that nothing was broken, and told me that my tendon that moves my big toe had been cut and I would need to get it surgically repaired.

Turns out the surgery is a lot more complex than it sounds. Silly me, I thought they would just make an incision, sew up my tendon, and I would be good as new. Turns out, no, that’s not the case. It is actually a pretty invasive surgery that required putting me under general anesthesia and wearing a cast and being on crutches. During surgery, they also inserted a giant steel pin through my toe in order to hold it in place while the tendon is healing. Here’s an x-ray:

That black line on the x-ray is the pin. Pretty crazy, right? Here’s a picture of my foot the day after the surgery. The blue stuff on my toes is antibiotic stuff they wiped all over my foot during surgery.

I get my cast off in two weeks (just in time for MoFo!!), then I will have to start physical therapy in order to get my toe working properly again. I just hope I can walk pretty soon, I am getting really sick of being on crutches and I’d like to be able to leave the house! Luckily my boss has been letting me work from home this entire time.

Anyway, as you can imagine, this whole ordeal has put a damper on cooking. Turns out it’s pretty difficult to cook when you are on crutches and can’t carry anything! I can cook some things, but it takes a lot more time than usual and I am a pretty messy cook, and forget about carrying a dish of food over to the window to photograph it.
The lesson I learned from all of this? I shouldn’t cook barefoot.  I need a pair of kitchen shoes. Accidents happen and you need to keep your feet safe! My surgeon said he typically sees this injury at Thanksgiving and Christmas – people are cooking more and drop knives and things. So protect your feet!!

I’ll be back eventually, and I’ll definitely be participating in MoFo, so stay tuned!