Sunday, July 28, 2013


Shoes are the topic of today!!! As polio survivors are aware, most have a residual of one leg/foot being smaller than the other. That brings about challenges of where to get shoes that meet all the criteria we need. It may vary from person to person, but it can revolve around shoe size/width, can you put a build up on it, can it be fitted with a brace, and I'm certain there are some things that I'm not even aware of. In sizes, I remember going through the phase of one foot being a childrens size and the other had moved on to an adult size!!! That really narrowed the field of choice. I can also remember it was really such a big deal that the black and white saddle shoes I wore (for what seemed like forever) came out with COLOR!!! Wow, I could choose from black, blue or brown saddle shoes......that was so exciting. I don't know what the cost was for my parents, but one thing I am certain of was that it was a lot of money for them, as an adult now, I can really appreciate what they were willing to do for me.

The older we have all gotten, we've most likely moved on in our own searches for shoes. I've had them custom made at times to accommodate the attachment of a brace. After I had my left ankle fused in 1989 at the age of 40, I no longer had to be concerned with the brace...I enjoyed 'playing around' with inexpensive shoes for a short time, in addition to wearing my built up ones. That was fun while it lasted. But, then I was back to the regular old hunt to find a place that had such shoes...they are out there, but they are few and far between.

Sometimes you have to buy two pair of shoes, sometimes the shoe store would give you 10 or 20% off for buying two pair of shoes (if you asked), some stores would sell them to you at the price of 1 1/2 pair of shoes. What does that mean??? Well, for those who are unaware, that means you end up spending anywhere from $150 to $200 (easily) for a pair of shoes. Now, keep in mind, this does not include any build up work that you have to have done!!! How much does that cost?? The last pair of shoes I got early this year, it cost me $100....and that was for a fairly basic build up.

Bottom line, ONE PAIR of split size shoes for a survivor can run anywhere from a minimum of $200 and up. My realistic budget has always been it was going to cost me between $300 and $400 dollars when I needed a new pair of shoes. I would guess that most polio survivors, if they are lucky, have two pair of for every day and one for 'dressing up'. Keep in mind, dressing up does not mean 'heels' or anything 'real dressy'. They are likely a very boring, neutral colored pair that are just simply a littel different than every day.

As a child, I can remember wanting so bad a pair of cowgirl boots, so much so I would cry....yes, Dad felt bad that he couldn't do such a small thing for his daughter, but there was no way it was practical.

GOOD NEWS!!! No, I never did get the cowgirl boots...however, last fall I was reading on the Rotary International site, and some how got to an area that spoke of Nordstroms.  Needless to say, I had to check it out.  Nordstroms is the best. they will help you find a pair of shoes that fits both feet, and sell you the mis-mated shoes for the price of ONE PAIR.......yes, I did say One Pair.  The simply send the ones you can't wear back to the manufacturer.  Could hardly believe it, I got one pair of name brand tennis shoes for $100, the price everyone else paid.

Thanks Nordstroms - you are the best!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A New View

This site is taking a new direction. The main focus will revolve around Polio and Post Polio Syndrome. I will be talking about my life, how polio has affected me, who I am, etc. and now how post polio syndrome (PPS) now affects my life. It will take one through ups and downs, realities and wishful thinking, good days and better it has caused me to grow and be the person that I am today. How I had to finally come, what I call, 'Face to Face' with myself. That was a big one.

I am not a sole survivor, I have many brothers and sisters out there who have travelled their own journey with polio and PPS, the journeys all have their similarities and differences. By communicating with each other, (at least for me) it has been an eye opener that what I thought was 'normal aging' isn't normal at all, some of them are specifically attributable to polio survivors.

What is my HOPE for this share my experiences; for others to share their experiences; for all of us to become a support for each other; to share resources that we are aware of; to get out the word that WE are here, that what we have and are experiencing IS REAL.

There are many, many people who have absolutely no idea what polio was or is, only that children are given a vaccine for it now. It is important that they realize what it is, that there are those out there who are experiencing a very slow debilitation process, and there is no magic pill, no exercise, no treatment that will make it go away. Is it the only thing that has these results, likely not...but it is real, and we can make the best of it with the right information....and the sooner we have the right information the better it will be.

KannDoGirl (this name has ended up be appropriate in so many areas of my life)

Friday, March 21, 2008


Have you every wondered what an AstroPsychologist KannDo for you? For that matter, have you every wondered what an AstroPsychologist is!?

Well, an AstroPsychologist is one who has studied astrology and psychology to provide in depth information to their clients. I came upon my first AP (astropsychologist) a few months ago. His name is Vladimir Kopilkov, and he lives in Latvia. He is excellent at advising and providing information in personal and business areas to aid the client in making the decisions regarding such matters. This is just a glimps of what he does. If this interest you, click on the title of this post to be directed to his blog for additional information. ENJOY it is an awesome experience, and UKannDoIt.