Letter to My Trainer

Dear Hannah:

I am having my second major gout outbreak since I was diagnosed with the disease two years ago.

An angry red ball filled with uric acid has disfigured my right toe, pushing it out of alignment. It hurts to walk. It hurts to lie in bed.

I’m walking like Walter Brennan in To Have And Have Not, only slower.

I’m not sure I’ll be able to get my gym shoes on, and I know I won’t be able to do exercises that require pushing from the toes or the ball of the foot.

Nevertheless, I will see you at 9:00 today.