Well I just had to report back as I had my first appt with the OS after my surgery 10 days ago and my morale has certainly improved since my last message posted above. (which I admit I just re-read and didn't realize how fowl my mood was
Today I saw the pictures of my curretage and drilling procedure and it was explained that more cartilage and bone needed to be removed than he thought initially, but all went as planned. He removed the splint/bandages and the sutures from the 3 insicion sites and I have been cleared to start PT, although still NWB. I can however only move my foot up and down and wiggle my toes in PT ... he was pretty clear that I shouldnt yet try circular motion or side to side yet. PT and weight bearing will progress depending upon how I do in the next few weeks.
I also found out that he was in the room when they were looking for my nerve for the nerve block, which is why he expected me to have to stay the night to manage pain. I wish I would have known that at the time, I probably would have been more comforted than I was.
Finally I asked if the 70 percent chance I had of this solving my problem and not needing the OATS procedure is still possible and he said "yes, but I'd probably raise it to 75 percent now." That was definately good news!
So this was a good day .. just so much more comfortable without the bandages on and haven't needed to take anything for pain since Wednesday ... things can only get better!
Thanks again everyone for all your support during all this. I know for a 39 year old I certainly must have sounded like a big baby, but I appreciate all your support and advice over the last few months.
I will continue of course to post as my recovery and PT progress and of course continue to read about you all in your healing as well and hope to share and read many success stories in the very near future.