| | Re: Lingering effects of ankle sprain
Its been 10 days. I just went to my first follow up visit this morning and got a new cast (blue). My surgery was Nov. 23rd.
I elected for general anethesia, which worked well for me. My Dr. had me stay overnight at the hospital, which I didn't want to do, but in retrospect worked out well. While they do wake you up a lot, they also give you lots of demerol. Following surgery I had this splint/cast thing that was mostly plaster and cotton with an ace bandage holding it together. It was pretty heavy.
All day Wednesday I basically slept and watched movies. I love to read and thought I'd get a lot of reading done, but the pain meds caused me to fall asleep and interfered with my ability to focus. I was on a lot of pain meds initially, 2 vicodin every 3 hours. I stayed on that much for about 5 days and then tapered off. Yesterday (day 9) was my first day off the narcotics, and I have been taking alleve every 7-8 hours and tylenol every 4 hours. That is working pretty well.
I went to my parents (about 40 minutes away) for Thanksgiving (2 days post op), but it was probably doing too much too soon.
I did go to work on Monday (I work in an office - do financial stuff) but didn't get a lot of work done. Due to the pain meds I mainly surfed on the internet. Check out the artwork/cartoons on www.explodingdog.com while on pain meds. Very entertaining.
I had client meetings all day Tuesday and was able to make it thru ok. Fell asleep at 8:30 pm though.
I am on crutches for 3 weeks and then walking in the cast for 3 more then aircast for about 5 more weeks. The crutches aren't too bad and aren't causing me too much trouble - I think it is harder for females though.
The 6 or 7 days were somewhat miserable, but much better now. All in all, its not too bad. My stress and worry about the surgery and being in a cast for six weeks and the recovery, etc. quite frankly are worse than the actual experience.
A few tips: (1) for the first few nights, set your alarm for every 3 or 4 hours and give yourself pain meds - you don't want to wake up in the sort of pain that happens without the meds, (2) start taking a laxative the day of surgery - pain meds cause constipation - you want to stay ahead of that, (3) elevate, elevate, elevate, (4) stay ahead of the pain with your meds - take them before it gets really painful and (5) relax and enjoy having time off from the demands of your life - you have a week or two of guilt free laziness.