I’ve been wearing my bone stimulator since Thursday to help speed my recovery process, and while it’s not that big or bulky, it’s certainly large enough to earn me some stares and have lots of strangers ask me questions about it.
In fact, on the Metro this morning, one guy looked at my so weirdly, I swore he thought I had a bomb attached to my shoe. I promise, buddy, I have no desire to blow up myself or anyone else. So the last five days have been amusing to say the least. Here are some of the best questions I’ve been asked about what’s going on on my foot.
1. Is that a house arrest ankle monitor? – Asked by the bartender at happy hour
Ha, no it’s certainly not. If it were, I don’t think I’d be in your fine establishment drinking half price drinks for my birthday. But I get how it can look like that.
2. Is that a cellphone/pedometer? – Asked by just about everyone
The pedometer thing I sort of get. I wear it strapped to my shoe and it looks like it could be a super old school really bulky step-counter. The cellphone thing I just don’t understand.
3. Can you feel it?
Most of the time, no. Though the device is sending electric currents through my foot, it’s not strong enough to feel much. Every once in a while I feel a little tingly, but it’s not like I can feel myself being shocked on a regular basis.
4. How long do you wear it/do you sleep in it?
People seem to be fascinated by the thought that I sleep in this thing. Yes, I wear it pretty much 24 hours a day. The nurse who set me up with it said I will get more benefit and heal faster if I wear it almost all day. So that’s what I do.
In terms of the sleep question, the device comes with a cuff that velcros around my ankle that I can clip the bone stimulator into at night. That way it stays on my leg, and I don’t get all tangled in the wires in the middle of the night.
5. Wait? So you wear it in the shower? Doesn’t that electrocute you?
Yes, mixing water and electric currents would not be a good idea. So I don’t actually take the whole device in the shower with me. As you can probably see in some of the pictures there are two white wires attached to the electrodes that plug into the black wires from the battery pack. All I need to do is unhook the white wires from the black ones, set the battery pack on the sink and hop into the shower. The electrodes and the white wires come in the shower with me. They are waterproofed, so I have nothing to worry about.
So what questions do you have about the bone stimulator? Leave them in the comments and I’m happy to answer them for you!