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!

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10 thoughts on “Why you should get a pair of kitchen shoes!

  1. […] 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. […]

  2. […] Oh! And I finally got to meet Robert Cheeke, the Vegan Bodybuilder! I’ve known Robert for about 3 years or so online, but we’ve never actually met! It was great to see him become a published author and I’m happy his book is doing so well. If you are wondering why I’m on crutches, see this post. […]

  3. celyn says:

    YIKES! I want to buy you protective shoes.

  4. […] in Farm Sanctuary’s Walk for Farm Animals in San Francisco. I signed up for this before my accident/surgery, so I guess I should say my goal is to motor through physical therapy and be able to walk the 3 […]

  5. jd says:

    OMG! This is CRAZY! I can see why you’d need physical therapy after an accident like this. Thanks for reminding me how important it is to cook with shoes on. I never gave it a second thought before, but now I definitely will…

    I hope you’re all healed up soon!

  6. […] you need almond flour instead of almond meal, just take it for a whirl in your food processor (but watch your feet! Food processor blades are […]

  7. […] of my extra time for working out and getting back in shape now that I have been cleared for cardio post-surgery (still no running until early Feb though…boo). I’m feeling like I’m in a good […]

  8. […] would love love LOVE to actually have a goal of running a marathon in 2012. Since my surgery in August I haven’t been able to run. I’m just now getting to the point where I can […]

  9. […] went running for the first time post-surgery! To summarize, I severed my EHL tendon in my right foot in August, and had to have it surgically […]

  10. […] I had my accident things like getting to the store to stock up on Ethiopian food-making supplies was a challenge, and […]

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