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Old July 19th, 2004, 05:49 PM
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Hi all..

I have 2 bone spurs that are cutting into and inflameing my Plantar Fascia (The ligaments on the very bottom of the foot) and Achilles Tendon.

My doctor is trying to avoid surgery by giving me pain killers and anti inflamatory's along with cortisone shots on the bottom of my foot and icing it down.

If that does not work then she is going to try Physical theraphy. I would do that 2 times a week for a month or so. If that don't help then i may have to have surgery.

And I have a cruise booked in Dec.

My foot is beging to affect my job. I am a EMT (Emegency Medical Tech.) I am ALWAYS on my feet and my Doctor thinks that is how I got the bone spurs. It is getting harder to work and even do everyday things. When i am at work I am in alot of pain.

If I have surgery it seems like the timing would be a moth or so before my cruise. And It takes 6 to 8 weeks to heal all the way. Including even more Physical theraphy.

I won't know untill after the 1st round of therapy if Ihave to have surgery.

I will be on the Radiance. How hard would it be to get around with say crutches or in a cast. If I have to have it before I cruise. HOPEFULLY if I have to have it I can postpone it untill after my cruise.

Any thoughts would help!!!

Thanks Susie

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Old July 19th, 2004, 07:08 PM
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If you got the insurance, you can cancel - I would do that.

It may not be bad during recovery - if no insurance, and you cannot get most of your money back, go and use a wheelchair - especially if you cannot work anyway at that time.

Again, this is what I would do having been on many cruises before and having foot surgery before. But, as my family points out - I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

Weigh the posts you get, what you feel comfortable with, my post and decide (only you can do that). If you are not that big on the tours in port, then that is a bigger reason to go ahead. jlk
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Old July 19th, 2004, 07:11 PM
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Well i am going on a Eastern Carb Cruise and i was looking forward to doing my x-mas shopping in St. Thomas. And Going to the beach in coco cay and going on a catamaran in St. Maarten. What about wheel chairs do the ships have them and can you take them off of the ship?

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Old July 20th, 2004, 08:16 AM
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Yes, the cruise ships do have wheelchairs for rental, you have to reserve them in advance, there are crew to help you on and off of the ship in your wheelchair.
Having gone on the Golden Eagle Catamaran in St. Maarten i can tell you that you she is not wheelchair assessible. Crutches you could do with some help.
You can do your shopping in St. Thomas at Havensight Mall very easily in a wheel chair.
You would have a very hard time in St. Maarten especially on the Dutch Side trying to get around town in your wheelchair, the streets are very narrow, very congested, and the sidwalks are very narrow, bumpy and curvy.
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Old July 20th, 2004, 08:51 AM
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Well In St. Maarten all I want to do is the Egale and go to the beach with the airplanes. I don't think i will need a wheel chair all the time but I know I would to go shopping in St. Thomas. But I st. Maarten i think i can get around with Crutches. In Coco Cay I think I could get around on either crutches or a wheel chair.

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I would postpone surgery till after cruise.

I went to Mexican Rivera during Xmas last year recovering from ankle fx tibia/fibia it was almost impossible to walk on sand and my foot was really swollen and painful after walking (I used cane). Happy Sailing!
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Old July 20th, 2004, 10:29 AM
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Hello,
I'm having foot surgery for the third time on the same foot- August 23, and cruising December 3. That gives me three months to get healed. The longest I had to wear the "big dumb blue shoe" was eight weeks. I just suggest doing exactly what the doctor tells you to do. I.E. Don't drive, don't put weight on your foot, use the crutches and let your family and friends do everything for you. I know it's a drag, but it will be worth it in the long run. I actually got quite good at asking my husband to wait on me hand and foot...!

Hope you get to cruise.

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Old July 20th, 2004, 01:16 PM
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Susie, i went back and re-read your post, since you are in constant pain i would push your doctor towards starting PT right away, since the drugs don't seem to be working for you. See what the PT does for you, if it helps great, keep doing it, if it doesn't do it for you, schedule the surgery soon. That would give you plenty of recovery time, keep bugging your doctor to do something and soon.

As for the Golden Eagle, it is a wonderful excursion and i think that you could manage it on crutches, the only difficult part would be getting on and off of the boat, but there will be plenty of people to help you.
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