Footsies At Comfort One

Feet

So lately my feet have been hurting me. 


My wife tells me, “Go to Comfort One for new shoes.”


I say, “But I don’t want to go get nerdy shoes there.”


Like in most arguments, my wife wins and in I march, reluctantly, to the store. 


First, they take this scan of my feet (something that looks like the picture above) to show me where my foot is getting pressure (and pain).


Okay, well I already know this, but when you see all the red on the picture, I guess it helps to scare you to getting an expensive new pair of orthopedic-like shoes. 


But first, they sell me on some arch supports that slides into the shoe…they seem to feel pretty good, and in fact, after walking around in them for a little while, I actually miss them when I finally take them off. 


Give me back those darn arch supports, will ya?


Next, we see these amazing Mephisto shoes (with “soft-air technology”)…made in Europe…the salesman says, their built like a tank. 


My wife says, “Oh, my aunt told me to get those too!” We now have a bona fide endorsement. 


I pick up the shoe on display and it look like it is pretty rugged with all the right support for walking around…maybe I got to get over that it looks to me like old people shoes (from Haband). 


Hey, what do you want Andy–to feel good on your feet or to look like your 18 again. 


Okay, I try them on…with the arch supports inserted…and what do you know, I am walking a heck of a lot better.


Well, what about the price…holy crap, I can get 3 pairs of cool shoes at REI for one of these nerdy pairs. 


Oh darn it, I have no choice…I am walking better, especially with the hip surgeries from last year still looming behind me. 


I get the shoes, I get the arches…I pay the money–too much money!


I feel nerdy or so nerdy, but maybe I’m going for the healing power, G-d willing, of a good pair of supportive shoes. 


My wife was right again, and I hate to admit it, but please don’t tell her I said so–it’s bad for her ego and mine. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Insomnia Hurts Like Hell

Insomnia

Insomnia is a horrible ailment that many people suffer with and they do this in the dark and in silence. 


Because when the rest of the world is sleeping, you are lying in bed like a log awake–and not sure how you going to get to sleep or stay awake the next day.


What follows are sleepless nights, sometimes groggy days, and anxiety about even going to bed at night. 


How do I know this?


I’ve been battling insomnia since my hip’s deteriorated painfully, and I had a number of hip replacement surgeries, and a lengthy recovery process, including lots of swimming. 


Despite melatonin, warm baths, and even some sleeping meds, my nights were filled with plenty of staring at the ceiling alternating with tossing and turning in bed. 


I was almost at the point of giving up hope on being able to sleep normally again, and then something occurred to me. 


Stop the meds and just pray!


Over a few days I weaned off the sleep meds, and was feeling really crappy and headachy. 


But the real difference was when I got into bed, I remembered and recited the prayers of my youth from before bedtime. 


And I added for G-d to please help me sleep normally again.


The very first night…I slept perfectly!


Now, it’s been three nights in a row–in Judaism, we call that a chazakah (something that is established). 


I am so grateful to G-d for returning me to restful sleep-filled nights–thank you Hashem!


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)