July 16, 2016 ~ Update on Leg Injury

Here is the latest update on my work injury to my right ankle and leg.

I’ve been back at work full-time in the Seafood department at Fred Meyer since June 1, 2016. It’s been a long month and my foot, leg, and hip have not been able to handle the workload or standing on my feet for 8+ hours.  It is even worse when I have to lift something heavy and try to walk.  My right leg is still weak.  I still cannot step on the ball and outside of my right foot without pain and discomfort.  By the end of my 8.5 hour day (sometimes longer) I can barely walk out to the car, limping all the way.  I’m always scared I’m going to fall again, being unsure of my steps.


On top of not being able to handle the job physically, I’m having a very hard time with depression about all this, which started when I fell back on November 17, 2015.  At work, everyone is trying to be nice but I’m having a hard time dealing with people asking me if I’m wearing my Shoes for Crews (which, btw, I’ve worn since day one of working), telling me they will get something from the freezer because I’m too slow, telling me to be careful, telling me not to fall again…  You get the picture. This is what I feel like…

As of last week I’ve stepped away from my job.  I just can’t do it anymore.  I will be talking to my case maFootMassagernager at Sedgewick (workmens comp) to see where my case stands.  It is not closed yet as I’ve yet to sign off on anything yet.  My director from the store called and told me that basically Fred Meyer does not have any jobs that don’t have lifting or long periods of standing involved.  Not sure what my options are at this point.

I do know that I cannot do that job anymore.

Al bought me a nice foot massager which really helps my tired feet.


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I created Dotti's Weight Loss Zone on Sept 20, 1998. We are still up and running 19+ years later. I created DWLZ to help others on their Journey to a healthier self. I wanted to create a space where others on this Journey could support each other and share their Journey. I wanted to include all the info I could to help make the Journey easier on everyone on this Journey. I hope that I've accomplished that.


July 16, 2016 ~ Update on Leg Injury — 20 Comments

  1. I hate hearing you are having so much trouble with your injuries and recovering. I am not where I thought I would be after my 2 hip replacements. So I can relate to your depression and unhappiness with it all. Praying for healing. I had a bit of depression in the spring. I tried to eat thru my feelings and gained 65 lbs. Totally opposite from what I need to do. I have to start over and work hard now to get back to where I was before. I really hope you get some relief from your pain soon. It is so draining. P.S. love the pictures etc. Of your grandkids. Just precious. Your internet friend from TN, Suzanne

    • Thank you so much for your message. I hope and pray you will soon be back to your old self also. It’s hard. I, too, have gained all my weight back. So much easier to just eat when you’re depressed. You and I can do this and we will… One Day at a Time. Take care and have an awesome week. Your friend, Dotti

  2. Dottie, I hate this is happening to you. Chronic pain is so debilitating. I do think you made the best choice for your health. It is so true that without our health, we have almost nothing. You will need time to allow your body to try to heal and “standing on the pain” was not allowing that to happen. Hang in there.

  3. Dottie ~ So sorry to hear of your injuries and aftermath. I have not been on your site for a while, but in the past your encouraging words have given me hope and inspiration and pulled me out of some depressive passages along the way. I hope my words today will lift your spirits and cause you to feel hope as you cope with this situation in your life.

    My husband and I are in our tenth year of retirement after serving on various continents as Educational Missionaries for Christ. We have had generally good health, but there have been hills and valleys with health issues, as well. Along with it all, I have not ever reached my ideal weight and I still struggle to keep my daily journal. But hey! I have not put on any extra pounds!

    Don’t give up! Your sparkling personality and eagerness to be well is in your favor! Take time to let God bring the healing. As we age, it does take longer. Focus on the daily blessings God brings into your life each day…no matter how tiny they may seem, they are the vital steps toward your wellness! Dottie! Your future is bright! Look toward the light! I will be waiting to hear of your new strengths as the days pass!

  4. Hey lady, Eileen here.
    We both dinged ourselves up, eh? In January, I had a TIA (baby stroke). For a few weeks I over pronounced my words, but that is gone. Also gave me a real attitude change too, in re food. It is fuel, period. Wow, whatta change. If not hungry, I do not eat.
    In April, fell on my butt, compression fractures of several vertertebrae. I am now FOUR inches shorter. At my legs are no longer short for my hgt. Lot of physical therapy. Back to my obnoxious self. Down 46 lbs, about that to go. Kidneys ate going, I see dialysis in a few years. Know what? Have faced worse.
    Hugs to you and Al. Go to my FB page tosee recent pics.

    • Hi Eileen. So good hearing from you. Yep, we’ve both had some major dings. I’m waiting for the dinging period to be over. You look awesome and WTG on that 46 lbs gone. You rock!

  5. HI Dottie, Im so sorry to hear that you have been going through so much ! I cant imagine working those hours on your feet with those issues. I don’t know how you did it. Im glad you decided to leave. You could be doing more damage than good. Its very understandable how you could feel blue, depressed or down about the whole thing. But I know with AL by your side he will help you get back to a happier place. One day at a time Dottie is all anyone can do.

    Please know we are all rooting for you , thinking about you , and cheering you on here. I hope that your feeling better soon and that something comes your way by means of a job where you can sit and don’t have to be so physical.

    Take Care,


    • Hi Marina. I agree with you that the job was doing further damage and I was getting more depressed as the days went on when I couldn’t do the job. Thank you for all your support. Take care.

  6. Hello Dotti, I know you’ve heard when life gives you lemons, make lemonade:) My back, hips, knees and leg muscles are in a very similar condition, so I look for work where I can sit (rather than stand/walk/lift) and there is plenty of it out there! Call centers, phone sales, receptionist, market research and many more. We are blessed to be able to serve by using the other very useful parts of our bodies.

    • Thank you so much for your kind email Kay. I’ve been making a lot of lemonade in the last 6 years or so. Right now I am working on updating our restaurant pages and adding new restaurants. That will keep me busy for a long time, I’m sure. Have a great day!

  7. I’m so sorry about your foot and ankle. You will be in our prayers. Thank you for all the work and caring for all of us. God bless.

  8. I had a job for 32 yrs and was forced to retire because of an illness I became very sad and thought my life was over because I could not drive. When something closes another thing opens up. I will pray for you! You are intelligent and have so much to give.

  9. Hope things are moving in a positive direction 🙂 Hadn’t stopped in at DWLZ in ages and was glad to see restaurant info is still available. Is the message board no longer active?

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