Saturday, May 06, 2006

Sunday Scribbling - "My Shoes"


I retired over 10 years ago from an occupation where I had to wear suits, nylons and pumps. Being only 5'1" that was tough on the feet. I worked a few years into my illness and I fought really hard to stay in my heels. Balance and "drop foot" are major with ALS. Have you ever fallen in public? Tripped, but caught yourself? Well with ALS balance goes without warning and once you start to trip with " drop foot," there is no righting the inevitable fall. I was so stubborn I learned how to fall. In fact I made it an art form of it. "Drop foot" is dragging your foot, so I was wearing out my expensive shoes on the tops.

When I retired I could not snap, buckle or tie my shoes. Flip flops were a tripping hazard and I was left with slippers or velcro. I was wearing tennis shoes with laces made with elastic that looked like a glittery telephone cord. Big hit with the little kids and worked great. I now wear water socks to the pool and mule tennis shoes outside. I don't spend alot on shoes, but I get pedicures and wear toe rings. I still have that fashionista deep inside.


My favorite shoes are none :) It's a great topic, because it's always a good thing to walk a mile in someone else's shoes.

14 comments:

paris parfait said...

Great post; another aspect to footware! Love the pedicure.

Orion said...

What a wonderful solution: learning how to fall :-) We should all learn to be so brave...you always manage to bring a smile to my face...thanks Tammy! Here's to pedicures and toe rings!!!

JavaCurls said...

Thanks for sharing your story! At least one of the benefits of not wearing heels is that your feet look great! :)

Cynthia said...

I've learned that learning how to fall is crucial. I can't count on my body to cooperate with my intentions, but I figure I can still do it with style.

emmapeelDallas said...

:)

Nice pedicure! My favorite shoes are none, too...another thing we have in common.

XO

Judi

Tabor said...

My husband had a falling problem a few years ago and was so proud that he could trip and flip and still remain on his feet when he started to fall. He had major back surgery last year which fixed the falling/tripping problem. I also love the pedicure and will now view them with a whole new eye. I really liked this post.

Ayn said...

Hi Tammy ... Just wanted to peek in. As always you leave me fascinated and feeling at home. You are one of the strongest women I know. I have no doubt that you'll find all that life has to offer, perhaps some days just looking into the eyes of Grampa Dave and TJ.

Hey is that a fin your growing from back your elbows?

xoxox
Us

Laini Taylor said...

It's great to read a Sunday Scribblings response that goes somewhere I couldn't have guessed, and reveals a slice of life like this. "Warrior" is truly a good name for you -- someone who takes it in stride that their life requires them to learn how to fall, there's wonderful strength in thatQ

tara dawn said...

I love this...you and your bare feet! Just as I think of you. And those tootsies of yours are so pretty:)
I promise I will write to you again soon, sweet friend! I miss you and love you,
TD

Jessie said...

Look at those beautiful feet! It would be a pity to cover them up with shoes. :)

TJ said...

Ahhhh! You did the picture?
The entry was great as always but i am thinking that photo is quite great also!
love it!

TLC said...

Hi Tammy! Thanks for the chocolate! Your positive attitude is infectious and I loved reading your blog.

Your poetry brought tears to my eyes. Keep fighting. I am glad you are here.

Chris said...

My father always said....
Before criticizing someone, walk a mile in their shoes.

That way, when you do criticize them, you'll be a mile away and have their shoes.

:)

Bedazzzled1 said...

I just love you. ::giving you the tightest of hugs::

Nikki