Rottnsue, we are not going that far into AZ - we'll skim the top of AZ (missing Flagstaff - sorry!) and go past the Grand Canyon and then head up into UT. Probably elbowing lots of tourists along that route! But thanks anyway! It will be nice to head out of the cold - in the 20's today - and to where it is slightly warmer, at least during the day. Right now we are still sitting at home waiting for the three-hour flight delay to pass so we can head to the airport. What a pain.
It took me forever to figure out which shoes/boots to pack, and I probably packed too many, and I'm not even sure how they will work out. If I am able to tolerate a functional shoe/boot for three hours at a time, I'll be happy enough. I refuse to let my toe or my foot or my pain define who I am or what I do, despite how frustrating this has been. I just need to keep moving on.
Brea, I did have my plate removed when I got the fused toe revised. It is nice to have the extra hardware out, though to be honest, it is probably just psychological since I didn't really have a problem with the plate anyway. But I hope that your discomfort eases. I too get jealous about others who have had an easier route, though I am happy for them, of course. I think I am going to try some capsaicin cream (in the "fuss-free roll-on" bottle!) and/or Rx diclofenac cream/gel on my uncomfortable areas, and I am also hopeful that my new orthotics (appt in ten days to get fitted) will help. And as one of the doctors with whom I work told me the other day "this too shall pass". I suspect that something else will come my way in life, at some point, which will make this seem like a walk in the park! Life seems to always bring us challenges, and sometimes I am happily amazed how the "worst-case-scenario" of something which I had imagined - never actually happened.
You all take care!