Those Injections


This afternoon Mr. G was uncharacteristically available. He piled on the doctor’s appointments and mostly ran from one to the other. So at 3pm when I had Alexander in the car we caught Mr. G on the phone and had a chat about things to pick up from the pharmacy. He’s got a little back pain (cue the flood of chiropractors and MLM mommies) and was headed to a physician who was going to give him a cortisone injection. We chatted a bit and then hung up the phone.

At that point Alexander and I had the following conversation.

ALEXANDER: Is Dad sick?

ME: No, he’s just dealing with that back pain, you don’t need to worry about him.

ALEXANDER: Then why does he need medicine?

ME: I’m not sure, I’m guessing it has something to do with the injection he’s getting in his back.

ALEXANDER: So he’s not sick?

ME: No.

ALEXANDER: Is it like the injections the moms get in their lips?

ME: No.

Sometimes I think parenting in Los Angeles requires a different rule book.



It’s Not Like You Need ALL Ten Toes: Plastic Surgery for High Heels


The title of CBS News’ story is Women Undergoing Foot Surgery to Fit into Heels Better. I saw it and thought, “Old news. Everyone gets those collagen injections into the balls of their feet so they can toddle around in sky high heels. Some women have collagen injections to make their feet look younger.” But I was wrong. It’s actually more invasive than some random injections.

Apparently the ladies of New York City are asking surgeons to shorten their toes so that they can fit into high heels.

I find this fascinating. Now keep in mind that I’m not in the shoe business so I don’t know everything there is to know about shoes, but I wear them and lord knows I buy them but… I’m pretty sure shoes come in sizes. Lots of sizes. Big sizes, small sizes, wide sizes, narrow sizes, medium sizes and Dr. Seuss Sizes. There are shoes to fit every foot.

I think (correct me if I’m wrong) that rather than lopping off the part of a foot that provides balance these women could [gasp] buy a larger shoe.

I’m also totally confused about how a toeless New Yorker would resolve the peep toe issue?

Of course I’m just a blogger and I’m not a physician.

There are some acceptable reasons that women would opt to get cosmetic surgery on their feet, including painful bunions or deformities, Dr. William Spielfogel, the head of podiatry at Lennox Hill Hospital in New York and a member of the New York State Podiatric Medical Association, said to In Brenner’s patient’s case, the especially elongated toe cwas causing corns and ulcers that could get infected. Both doctors said when they decide to take on foot surgery patients it is because there is a medical need.

And then I remember that there are also physcians who think that women’s labia need trimming. And just when I think that we’ve done ourselves in I get a text from the always insightful Jonathan Bell that reads:

Please tell your sisters that men don’t give a shit. To be honest, I don’t know if i’ve ever really looked at a woman’s feet. Even one I’ve dated for years. Sad? Maybe. But true.

And then the world felt normal again.


Simponi Injections


As we first discovered my Rheumatoid Arthritis (I say “we” because I have an amazing team of doctors) biologics were one of many treatment methods. I’m pretty sure that because of my age and their ability to arrest the disease the biologics were my physicians preference.

I resisted and we tried Methotrexeate first, but it didn’t work well for me. One of the reasons I wanted to try the Methotrexate was because I was terrified of needles. One of my readers was kind enough to give me her phone number and we spent about an hour on the phone while she told me all about her experiences with injectables similar to Simponi (like Humira and Enbrel) and she gave me the confidence I needed to move forward.

Another online friend was good for several long phone calls and warned me about how someone she loved had been misdiagnosed with RA, and died as a result of undiagnosed cancer. This too was an incredibly valuable conversation to have.

So in the spirit of sharing information I made a quick video of my fifth Simponi injection. I feel pretty good and I’d hate for anyone else to not find their cure because they’re afraid of the needle. It’s not graphic, and it’s not scary.

Thanks to all of you who are so incredibly supportive.