For the longest time, Nick has been having foot problems.
Or rather, an ankle problem. It is one problem, singular, and it is in his ankle. In fact, I've been incorrectly asking him, "How's your foot feeling?" for years. And he's always like, "It's not my foot. It's my ankle."
But in my mind it's his foot problem.
Which I'm sure is annoying, right? I mean, what if my rib hurt, and he kept being like, "How's your boob today?"
And I'd be all, "Don't you listen to me, asshole? It's my rib, not my boob."
And he'd be all, "Close enough. So how is it?"
So he's had this persistent problem way down towards the bottom of his body. And one podiatrist gave him anti-inflammatory meds, which helped with pain, but then once he stopped taking them, it started hurting again.
And he didn't want to go back, because the guy is in Virginia and it's inconvenient and I was all find a new damn doctor who won't just throw pills at you. In DC. He finally did.
The issue, it seems, is that he has a torn Achilles. His Achilles has been achillen' him.
So now he has a boot. A big grey plastic boot. He doesn't have to sleep in it, but he has to wear it all the time otherwise. And it is helping. No more pain.
He said it gets a lot of looks on the street, which I find surprising, as I myself think it kind of blends with his grey pinstripe suits. I no longer notice it much.
I called him yesterday at the office, as he was getting ready to head out to catch a plane to Miami.
I know it is my issue, and I own it, but if Nick is flying I have to talk to him like 50 times before he goes. Especially right before they make you turn off your phones. I say I love you I love you I love you. And I save messages.
So first I had to ask him about the Everglades and if Miami is north or south of them, because my geography is terrible and so is my paranoia. Even if you survive the crash, you've got alligators, Burmese pythons, lightening sand, ROUSes...
He knew exactly what I was after. North. Whew.
Then I asked how he was doing and he said, "Fine. It's only overnight so I'm not bringing much."
Had he remembered things like toothbrush and such? Yes.
"Really, now I'm just trying to figure out which shoe to wear."