• Did I mention that one of my colleagues bought the house next to hers and uses it as a meeting space and office?
  • Near her houses there’s a street with a huge dip in it.  I took it at like 5 mph and still managed to scrape the bottom of my car, which turned out to be too much for my poor abused under cover which decided to finally separate from the car and drag on the road on my way home that day after a much smaller bump.  We ordered a new one along with the assembly package and put it in, $43.55, but it took a week to get the parts.
  • One of my other colleagues said that if I can’t decide what kind of car to get then maybe I should just go with the cheapest.  Which makes a lot of sense.  Another colleague impressed upon me the importance of safety ratings (her Prius got totaled last month).  And I’m really big on reliability these days.  So that leads me to the Honda Fit (slightly safer, slightly more expensive) vs. the Hyundai Accent (more reliable, worse mileage).  I may test-drive them!  Though while I’m there I might also try the Ioniq.  Update:  Tried to go to the Hyundai dealership to test-drive an accent and he JUST WANTED TO TALK, so we left when it became clear he wouldn’t let us test drive one without him doing his sales pitch and finding out about our lives first.  On the way home we stopped at the Honda place and quickly test-drove a Fit (from a very non-pushy salesperson which may be why we’ve bought two cars from this place), which… is not 14 years nicer than my current accent.  So I tried a low model Civic and liked it.  The Civic has better mileage than the Accent but is about 10 inches longer and has worse reliability.   The problem with DH having a Clarity is that I have discovered that I kind of like nice things.  So just being better than my 2005 Accent may not cut it.  Do I want to go with being spoiled or do I want to fight it?  ARGH.  I don’t know what to do!  And I hate pushy salespeople.
  • I think I have plantar fasciitis in my right foot.  I wish I trusted doctors around here more.  My GP is great for OB/GYN stuff but not so good at anything else (generally her answer to anything non-reproductive-system-related is: it will go away on its own and if it doesn’t then put lotion on it).
  • Now my car shuts off the pump right away instead of letting me pump gas.  I just barely got the new drip pad put back on!  Hadn’t even gotten gas since it happened.  That means that either something needs to be cleaned (for the cost of compressed air, which DH already has, but DH decided there were too many cables to try this on his own) or something needs to be replaced (which could cost as much as $600, though probably will be more like $300).   Part of me wants to just exchange it now, but one of my (not t-t) colleagues wants to buy it as a backup car for when his elderly truck is in the shop, which means it should be in working condition even if I give it to him super cheap (probably for $300….).  Deciding things is hard.
  • According to the hospital billing, they will send us a bill after DH’s health insurance sends them the remaining $2K for the second emergency room trip.  So the most that we could still be billed would be $2K.  So the costs for DH’s four rabies shots to us are:  $250 (first emergency room visit), $250 (second emergency room visit), $350 (first Walgreens shot), $350 (second Walgreens shot).  So… going to the emergency room for the third and fourth shots would have saved us $200, but cost his health insurance company quite a bit (I have no regrets– Walgreens seems so much more efficient).  Unless we get that bill for $2000, that means the total cost of his rabies shots is $1200 that has already been paid, so it won’t be dipping into my car fund.  (Still, I’m kind of used to the idea of getting a cheaper rather than more expensive car.)  DH’s elite coastal health insurance is so much better than my Southern university plan (with its 20% copay…).  It also has a better bargain with our hospital– they got the cost per ER visit down to 7K instead of 10K, which seems odd to me since you’d think my plan would have more bargaining power being the one everyone at the university has, but maybe the power goes both ways.  We’re thinking that when he called about whether or not they cover the rabies shot, the person on the phone must have looked at whether they cover the pre-travel rabies shot rather than the post-bite rabies shot?

30 Responses to “RBOC”

  1. Michael N Nitabach Says:

    I’m not gonna painsplain your possible plantar fasciitis unless you ask, but I’ve dealt a lot with it & other MSK overload injuries (which is what it is, as well as tendinopathy, etc). If you want to hear what has worked for me in the past, feel free to email me or DM my twitter (@mnitabach). Or if you want, I can give you some ideas here in your comments.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Go ahead. It might not even be that, but the foot rolling with icy water bottle plus tennis shoes plus calf stretches is either helping or maybe I have a bruise that’s slowly healing.

      • Michael N Nitabach Says:

        What helps me the most when plantar fascia act up is doing tons of body weight calf raises every day while standing up, mixing up w feet internally rotated, externally rotated, and neutral. My theory is weak + tight calf muscles causes plantar fascia to bear more of the load & they end up overloaded & painful. Strengthening the calf muscles takes off some of that excess load & they settle back down.

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        Ah, that explains why so many of the exercises online are devoted to the calf rather than the foot.

    • teresa Says:

      This is one of the few non-reproductive things that have stuck with me (and also my [GP] husband and I were talking to a friend about managing plantar fasciitis two nights ago)

      It *is* mainly a calf problem! That’s pretty much a right hypothesis- it’s usually from tight calf muscles or a frequently contracted achilles (ie women who wear heels all the time) that puts more tension on the plantar fascia, keeping the PF in a shortened/contracted position so that when your foot goes into a more neutral (like standing normally barefoot) position it gets stretched and micro-torn and you get pain and inflammation. So the main treatments are mobilizing (sometimes strengthening but mostly stretching) the calf and supporting the foot. Plus calming down the ongoing inflammation. Which it sounds like you’re doing all the right things with that already. My husband also swears by superfeet insoles…maybe having them in your existing dress shoes would help?

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        It might be that my dress shoes aren’t a problem… thinking harder, this started up during sandals season. So it’s probably either sandals or going barefoot too much. (I am willing to blame running in place…) I try to be so careful about shoes, but something has gone wrong this time around.

        It’s crazy how common this is!

      • Michael N Nitabach Says:

        My theory is that it really is more about weak calf muscles than tight calf muscles (or “tight” Achilles; tendons can’t really be “tight” or get stretched to be looser). I believe this to be the case WRT most tendinopathies/ligamentopathies, and believe that progressive loading of both the affected elements as well as strengthening of connected/related elements to balance loads have the best chance of long-term recovery. This is based both on my reading of the scientific literature and my own experiences over the years with patellar tendinopathy, hip abductor tendinopathy, Achilles tendinopathy, and plantar fasciitis. (Believe me, I sure wish I didn’t know so much about this shittolio!)

    • FF Says:

      I had no problems with calf muscle tightness but still had PF. All of those calf stretches and foot extension exercises were completely useless for me. I do have hallux limitus in both feet though, which someone below mentioned as a possibly frequent combination, so it may be that there are some different etiologies for PF that require different approaches. My PT also thought that my sciatica was a contributing factor. Which is not to say that the usual recommendations won’t work for you, but if you don’t feel like you’re improving pretty quickly, I would see a foot orthopedist and find out if PF is actually the problem and maybe also get PT. One other thing think about is that some shoes that seem comfortable are not necessarily good for your feet. A lot of flat shoes actually provide very little support.

  2. FF Says:

    I had intractable plantar fasciitis a couple of years ago. It was in both feet first, then went away in the right foot, but kept going away and coming back worse each time in the left, even though I was doing the exercises recommended by my foot orthopedist. What helped me the most was McKenzie physical therapy (my directional preference turned out to be flexion, which is opposite to the usual recommendations) and wearing my NB walking shoes (cushioned and supportive) as much as possible. Temporarily helpful: rolling foot on frozen water bottle. Things that didn’t help me: night brace and exercises from foot orthopedist (again probably because of my directional preference), cortisone injection.

    Glad to hear that the rabies-associated medical bills are not so bad!

  3. Carcar Says:

    Try to test drive the Ioniq if you can bear the salesperson. I’m quite happy with it, and it feels nicer than any car I’ve had (which might not be saying much). We do have the upgraded leather seat version, which probably contributes to that feeling.

  4. Leah Says:

    RE: cars, I think that’s one place where it’s worth optimizing for features other than cost. I think you have a fairly short commute, but over the lifetime of owning the car (since you own cars for a long time, as do I), we spend a lot of time in the car. Get the car that feels like something you want to drive and doesn’t have anything weird. I had one car where the place to put my arm put my shoulder at an awkward angle. Super uncomfortable over long distances. Thankfully, I was sharing the car with my brother, and he loved the car. I let him buy me out and got my current car (now owned for 14 years).

    The unfortunate part is that this requires quite a bit of test driving and is harder to satisfice.

    Re: your colleague, how decadent to be able to purchase two houses. But that’s an extra nice commute!

    Good luck with your foot. I hope it feels better soon!

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      My accent fits me well and with it I don’t mind the rough drive … if it wasn’t literally falling apart (and spending more time being undriveable than driveable in the past month) I would keep it forever. So I’m not really sure what’s going on with me that I might value, for example, keyless driving at some value that is non-zero. This is causing me some internal angst.

  5. rose Says:

    Speak to car dealership manager, if it is not the person who will not let you test drive without sharing your life first, and explain exactly what you want to have happen. “Test drive but no life story.” That really can work. Dealership wants your money not friendship for sales people.

  6. xykademiqz Says:

    Re cars: We are Toyota devotees. We’ve tried other makes and models but always go back to Toyota. Re plantar fasciitis: Mine probably wasn’t too bad, but FWIW it went away after I’d I bough walking/running shoes with good arch support. I had to stop power walking & running for a while, though, until the good shoes arrived.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      If I was 100% sure that toyota would let me disable their irritating beep in the prius…

      Tennis shoes are helping. I don’t know what I’m going to do when the school year starts though– I already buy super comfortable (expensive, European) dress shoes. Will I need to move to nurse’s shoes? Or maybe I can get men’s dress shoes that are secretly tennis shoes like my DH has… Argh.

      • Leah Says:

        Have you tried supportive insoles? Those help me a lot when my foot pain flares. Lots of different types out there. I’ve replaced the insoles in many of my shoes.

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        I have not! I wouldn’t even know where to start. I guess at Target or a drug store?

      • Debbie M Says:

        Hmm, I get black leather Reeboks. There is nothing secret about their tennis-shoe identities, but at least they don’t scream tennis shoe. So I’m thinking that my advice is to try out those sneaky men’s dress shoes. (I was shocked when I learned that normal men’s dress shoes are uncomfortable. They are flat–there is no reason for that!) Good luck!

        As for cars, my favorite features are realiability/durability and low pollution (imperfectly correlated with mileage). I have a 2008 Toyota Corolla which I love; the smaller Toyotas had the same mileage so, no, and the newer Corollas have worse mileage (why, why, why?). There is plenty of get-up-and-go (which I think is called torque)–loads when you compare it to my first car, a 1983 Ford Escort. My favorite car was my 1984 Nissan Sentra wagon, but modern Sentras are much less reliable.

        As for ick car salesmen, yuck. You could try doing e-mail negotiations (supposedly fax negotiations are a thing, but surely that’s old news by now, right?) and/or making a test-drive appointment by phone or something. I assume there’s not another Hyundai dealership in reasonable driving distance. But if you’re going to a nearby big city anyway for some other reason, you could try doing your test drive then.

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        We don’t want to do negotiations on a car we don’t want! That’s why we need to test drive first, without talking about it(!) (Which the Honda dealership in town gets.)

        Here’s how to negotiate for a car via email: https://nicoleandmaggie.wordpress.com/2018/03/05/how-we-bought-a-new-car-this-time/

  7. Bonnie Says:

    That not allowing you to test drive the car shenanigans is nuts. Not even to most craptastic dealership that I’ve been to has ever done that to me, and I’m rolling up in a hooptie. Perhaps a tweet or FB post on Hyundai’s social media would be helpful?

    There’s a website called Barking Dog Shoes that does reviews of all types of shoes and matches them to problem feet. They have really good recommendations and the comments section is helpful, too.

    There are FB groups dedicated to plantar fasciitis, as well as hallux rigidus (many people seem to have both). Members post pretty extensive reviews of shoes, inserts, insoles, etc.
    Costco is another way to buy a new or used car. Also, many credit unions have an auti-buying service and it’s typically free of charge for CU members.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      You’re getting flagged as spam because you keep changing your fake email address. If you stick with one it is less likely to do it. (If you’re truly worried about privacy, be aware that unless you’re masking your IP address, that information is saved every time you post.)

      No Facebook or Twitter!

  8. Economiss Says:

    Re: PF, I’ve struggled with it over the years. There are a few things that help me: 1) as you already do, buy more expensive shoes. 2) buy pedag brand insoles. I got mine from amazon. They are the best ones I’ve used. I have the athletic ones in my Brooks running shoes, and the “holiday” and “mini” get put in my boots and flats and other shoes I wear. They work in ballet flats, converse, and everything in between. I’ve also used “heal that pain” inserts but they are bigger and take a lot longer to get used to, and when I wore them my feet needed a break at the end of the day. Pedag works better for me. 3) for summer shoes, I can’t wear a lot of them because they lack arch support. Taos has been good, some teva, some ecco, birkenstock. 4) I never go barefoot. I have “house shoes” which are crocs sandals, about to be replaced with the plastic birks because they’re really old and losing their support. In winter, they work with socks, and in summer without (I’m in the south so no socks in summer).

    Re: Cars – we went to a big used car lot around here to test drive a bunch of models when we weren’t sure. They won’t have the latest model year but it helped us eliminate some options.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      I think I’m definitely going to get some insoles. And figure out more on the sandals front. My cobb hills could probably use an insert, but the finn comforts are already like birkenstocks but with extra support.

      I had no idea so many people had this problem(!)

  9. sciliz Says:

    I suspect, but don’t know for sure, that the reliability difference between the Civic and the Accent is not going to be so huge it provides useful information. Both will be *radically* more reliable than your current vehicle for some time. I understand why it’s important to you, but it’s unknowable for any individual car-future (because it depends not only on the intrinsic properties of the car, but also random wear and tear details). My parents had a Civic for a while and their only real objection was that it was bizarrely terrible at defogging. Not the kind of thing that comes out on a test drive. Obviously, this depends on the shape of the vehicle, and Civics vary quite a bit.

    Re: the Prius beep- is this the backup beep? And would turning it to a single beep be tolerable? It looked to be pretty easy to do via an app for recent years.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      It WAS easy to do with an app, but they recently disabled that ability for at least two people I know (one of them being my department chair who relatively recently downsized to a Prius after hir oldest went to college). I don’t want to risk it– to think I’d disabled that feature and then I take it in for a service update and the app no longer works. *shudder*

      My Accent was super reliable for 13 years(!) I am going to miss it. :(

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