You know, I thought I would freak about surgery, but as the days got nearer, I got excited to finally try something to treat my foot. I felt really at peace when I went in for surgery knowing this was the best opportunity for me. I hope you will feel that way as the day approaches! (It helped me to have many people saying prayers too!)
I don't know if I should say this because I think I'm having an exceptional reaction to the surgery, but I have very little pain or swelling. I mean they cut my tibia to gain access and put two screws in as well as drilling out a 1/2 in sq. of my talus and filling it with 2 knee plugs. You would think I would be in excruciating pain .... My foot feels tight and uncomfortable and I have burning, pins and needles sensations, but for the most part it feels pretty good. It doesn't throb or stab me at all. My only problem is that I can't put it down for more than 5 minutes and my toes turn a scary shade of deep purple. My knee hurt right after surgery mostly because they had a drainage tube in it for 2 days. But even that pain was more just annoying than bad. I have no pain in my knee now, it's just stiff and a little swollen and I try to keep it going through range of motion several times per hour to keep it loose. When they took off the splint 2 days after surgery I had no bruising or swelling at all! I think when they do these surgeries with tourniquets they are almost 'bloodless' so you don't really bruise much. The drain in my knee kept all the fluids from bruising and swelling my knee so it feels good. On top of it, I'm a light weight when it comes to the pain medications and they REALLY work on me!
My mom was hurt in an accident when I was 2 years old and has been in a wheelchair ever since. Us kids loved to play in the wheelchair.... it's a wonder we didn't totally ruin it crashing it outside all the time! You're kids will love it! If I didn't have the knee issue, I would be using one of those new rollabout walkers. They are a very skinny walker just to rest your knee on and I've seen people cruise on those things! Too bad.
Hope this helps. How did you hurt your foot? How bad is the injury? How soon is your surgery?
Talk to you later,