Re: Brostrom Surgery in 13 days (I am scared)
Yeah, I'm not so sure what that was about either. Anyway, I can totally understand you being scared! It will be different than the first time around since you won't have full-time help and the kids are small. Obviously I don't know your kids, but they are old enough for you to explain to them that mommy will have a major boo-boo and how much it will hurt if they touch it right? As ar as house tips: work out plans for the kids now such as who will handle what (feeding, activities, bathing, etc), plan ahead for meals whether you make things ahead of time to freeze or have friends, family, church sign up to being you meals. If someone offers, say thank you and TAKE THEM UP ON IT!! Make sure you have a shower chair, cast cover for showering, steerable knee walker with ability to attach a basket and/or drink holder, cast sleeperz, extra pillows for elevating, night lights that are motion sensored for those nighttime bathroom trips, any throw rugs or cords-remove them as they are crutch hazards, make arrangements for pets on how they will be fed, figure out your primary areas (mine were couch and bed) and organize supplies for those areas like computer, phone, remotes, cell phone, iPod/iPad, e-reader or books, chapstick, lotion, meds, etc. Borrow or buy or load up books to read on e-reader, rent movies, save up DVR, queue up Hulu or Netflix. Which foot is it? If its your right foot (or your left while still on pain meds), figure out who will take you to your doctor appts. Get a backpack or purse that will go over your head and shoulder that will hold only what you need. That's all I can think of right now, but I will probably think of more. Also check out the sticky thread at the top called Tips for coping while NWB!
Brostrom-Gould, repair retinaculum, peroneus longus tendon repair, fibular groove deepening for peroneal tendon subluxation- 2/22/12
-Modified Brostrom (failed)- 8/15/01"]