Saturday, August 23, 2008

New Shoes

On a superficial note, one of the things that I have been enjoying most about being a teacher rather than a waitress (well, I'm still waitressing on the weekends...) is that I don't have to wear that ugly uniform!

Since it had been so long since I'd worn anything but the uniform, my closet was pretty bare.
I went to Macy's one day after waitressing and picked out a butt-load of clothes. I am basically a clearance shopper, and I was lucky enough to find lots of deals. When I got to the cashier, she told me that if I donated $12 to a charity that buys books for kids, Macy's would give me $10 off my order. She did this the maximum number of times it was allowed for my purchase price, bringing my $160 total down to $75. I'm not sure how it worked out that way; it didn't seem right, so I practically ran out of the store before she realized she'd made a mistake! (actually, I don't think it was a mistake, but it really did seem like it was too good to be true!) Since all of the things I had purchased were on clearance, I got about $650 worth of clothes for $75.

Next, I went to Payless and got 4 new pairs of shoes with their BOGO sale. Target was also having clearance on shoes. Jackpot! I've enjoyed dressing up everyday! I've looked very cute, from my jewelry (I've already had a collection of cute jewelry since that is the only bit of personality that I've been able to wear with my uniforms) to my clothes, to my shoes!

Until Wednesday...Wednesday a huge blister showed up on my left pinky-toe. I had already had some blisters on my heels from the new shoes, but they weren't bad enough to really hurt me. The toe-blister, however, was not good. When I was getting dressed for school on Wednesday, I ended up changing my whole outfit so I could wear more comfortable shoes. Thursday, I picked out my outfit based on comfy shoes. By Friday, I had thought I was ready for heels again. My toe hurt, but not as badly as it had been. The heels I had picked out were comfy ones, so I didn't think much about it...

Then in my first class, I decided that I couldn't wear my shoes anymore because my pinky was all red and sore. No problem, I just took my shoes off. The problem came when I tried to put the shoes back on... My left foot was so swollen that I could hardly get it on! Since our school consists of two buildings, and I needed to take the kids to the other building (across the hot black-top parking lot), this really was a problem. I hobbled throughout the day this way, keeping my shoe off as much as possible.

By the end of the day, my foot was swollen and the whole foot was red rather than just the toe. There were red streaks all the way to my ankle bone. I decided I needed to stop at the clinic. I stopped at CVS's minute clinic, thinking she'd give me a prescription for an antibiotic and I'd be on my way. She looked at my foot and freaked out. She said it was too severe for her to take care of and that I needed to go to a different clinic right away.

Turns out that I needed an antibiotic shot. The doctor told me that if it got any worse by this morning, it meant that they hadn't given me the shot fast enough and that I needed to go to the emergency room. Whoa. It is better now, but I still can't walk on it. I have to keep it raised, and I obviously didn't go to work (waitressing) today. I kind of feel like a queen, making everyone bring me stuff and what-not. I should relish it today since tomorrow I'll be back to being the one being bossed.

Moral of the story-don't buy cute new shoes? Naw, that couldn't be it.


superrelish said...

Moral of the story - sometimes you just need someone else to do all (or some) the dirty work! Where are the photos of the offending shoes?

SantinoMarinelli said...

Ouch!!! Sounds horrible - I hope the shoes are REALLY cute to justify the pain

Mari said...

I'm too tired to take a photo! I was brave enough to wear heels today, and everything was fine!

They really ARE cute shoes, though, so I will need to post a photo!!