I have achilles tendinitis in my right ankle/foot/heel area that flares up from time to time. The back of my ankle/foot/heel area gets red and swollen and painful and causes me to limp for the first hour or so that I’m out of bed until it stretches out a bit.
Mia’s class Christmas party was late last week and she’d asked if I would go. On the morning of the party, I was hobbling around the kitchen making breakfast with an overnight tendinitis flare up. “What happened to you, Mom?” Mia asked. “Oh, I just have a tendon around my foot that gets messed up sometimes. I’m fine. It’s just a little bit tender and makes me limp.” She quietly watched me for a few minutes while I continued to awkwardly move about. “Mom, are you coming to my Christmas party?” she asked. “I’m going to try to but I’m not positive yet” I said. “Why don’t you just not come…” she said with a look of concern on her face. “Well, okay” I said “Are you worried about my foot? Awwww- don’t worry, honey, I’m fine. I just took some medicine and it’ll feel better soon.” I said. “Will the medicine make you not limp?” Mia asked. “Because I’m not trying to be mean but it’s embarrassing me. Can you NOT limp when you come in my class? It makes you look old and I don’t want to have the ‘Old Mom’. That’s just not going to work for me.”