I went back to work today for the first time since my left big toe swelled up with gout, and I used a walking stick to take pressure off the foot. As a result, people were giving up their seats to me on the train. I may have to continue using this even after the foot heals.
My first day back was not too bad. I wore my lightest shoes, with no sock on the left and that foot only loosely in the shoe. I gave myself an extra 20 minutes to get to the office. It helped that it’s basically a national holiday, so the trains weren’t as crowded as usual.
At the office, I switched the shoes for some Nike sandals I keep there. I used the elevator sometimes, but sometimes the stairs were just more direct.
After lunch I got some cooling packs from the nurse. These worked well but only for about 10 minutes each. I mostly sat at the desk, often with my foot propped up.
Naturally, my coworkers were curious what happened. I told them that her husband came home early, so I had to jump out the window.
On the way home my foot got sore, mostly from the chafing of the shoe against the naked flesh. After dinner and a pill and an ice pack, I felt much better.