Cici, good to hear from you. Sorry about the shoulders. I agree - it is frustrating to spend so much time being physically active, only to feel sometimes that all of the joints have rebelled. I sometimes feel like that "Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes...." ditty. But I would substitute my own personal problem areas, which seem to vary with each passing whim. This past week it has been my ornery back rebelling....to which I say: hey, you've had your turn already - get done with it, will ya? So I am again in a "resting" mode as far as gym work. Bummer, but hopefully short-lived. Hopefully your shoulders will also recover nicely.
As far as shoes, I am generally wearing my Sauconys, or I love my Keen sandals around the house. I too need to do some more shoe shopping (totally agree with you on the blessing of Zappo's, Bonnie!!) but am trying to resist as I continue to heal. The swelling seems to be getting better finally (four months out), and I have some tender areas here and there, randomly, depending on how much walking/standing I am doing (usually lots of standing/walking at work, in my Sauconys). I am trying to work on normalizing my gait, and I guess that when I am at work wearing shoes, I look good/normal, people tell me. My doc didn't believe that PT was necessary, so I do my own thing. I do appreciate others' sharing of exercises and techniques!
Becky and Sara, I am off today and doing some baking so decided to wear my flip flops around the kitchen a bit. Again, this could barely be considered wearing them, but so far no problem, even going up/down stairs. But I think that nicer leather-strapped ones (where DID I put all of those old shoes?) would be more comfortable on the top of the foot. Maybe with some flip flops you need to toe-grip more than others? But with these, it doesn't seem to be a problem. Maybe I SHOULD wear some good ones around the house more, as a PT exercise!
Best of luck with your surgeries, Becky and Sara!! I suspect that you guys will be the main posters coming up in the next few months! Keep us in the loop!
Mike, send some of those shrimp down here, please!