how do you know what stage you are? Is that something the doctor tells you? I have had trouble with my arch for over 20 years and am going to the ortho on Thursday. I am finally going to get something done.
The wedge pillow is something you can use in bed or on the couch to keep your foot elevated without using a bunch of bed pillows. It's about $30 on Amazon. I am probably going to buy a scooter rather than rent. It seems to equal about the same.
The Following User Says Thank You to ginger62 For This Useful Post: cinder (08-12-2012)
Cinder, if I wind up being ahead of you on the surgery I'll be sure to let you know what accessories work for me. It'll be nice to have a someone to share things with. My family is certainly sympathetic but they don't quite get it. Good luck to us both!
Yes, please let me know when your surgery is. I appreciate you letting me know what works for you and we can certainly be there for each other. My family doesn't get it either. I don't think they realize what a long recovery this is.
Unless you go through this surgery (or any other foot surgery) I really do not think you understand what a long and at times difficult recovery this is. It is hard for most people to understand that for the first several weeks you really have to keep your foot elevated most of the time.
The Following User Says Thank You to Missyluke For This Useful Post: cinder (08-17-2012)
Thank you MissyLuke. My head is spinning trying to figure out if and when I can return to work if my surgery is on Nov. 2nd. I am on my feet and walking so much during the day at work. I also do climbing and hanging. Oh my getting nervous and trying to figure things out. Thanks for your help.
Thank you so much. He did mentioned at least several months and to be re-evaluated on February 25th on the letter I asked for to bring to work. I am trying to decide if it is best that I just stay out the rest of the school year and take the extra 3 months and recover. I am not worried about the sick time because I have enough to carry me through and I think I will be eligible for disability. I guess I am afraid of actually be out that long. I don't know why.
The following user gives a hug of support to cinder: ginger62 (08-17-2012)
I also work in a school as an SLP. I had the surgery the end od July and returned to work in December the first month back was difficult. Can't you tell them that you will be out for 4 to 6 months and just wait to see how you do?
That would be a good plan the 4 - 6 month plan. I don't know why I feel so uncomfortable or afraid of being out so long. I wish I could get over it because I am afraid that as it gets closer I will not go through with it. Thanks for the encouragement.
I had no choice but to do the surgery. Over a one year period things got progressively worse. By the time I scheduled surgery, I was in agony after taking 5 or 6 steps. I don't know how bad the pain is but another option would be to talk with the doctor about getting a custom Arizona style brace to get you through the school year and then have the the start of the summer and then you would only have to takt 6 weeks off.
The Following User Says Thank You to roxygirl1 For This Useful Post: cinder (08-18-2012)
The Arizona brace is a big help. I got mine last year after knee replacement and I never would have been able to work another 2 years without it. They can be expensive...mine was hand casted and about $1500. If you can't schedule surgery within 3-4 months I would highly recommend it. It takes some getting used to but it can be a life saver.
Thank you so much. I will check into it. But I fear that I will only be prolonging it and it is never really a good time to have it done is it? I am getting to the point that this is so life changing and I cannot do the things I used to do and with the demands of school and small children I don't think I would be able to continue. I probably should just keep my surgery date and move forward instead of all this worrying. Thank you so much.
The following user gives a hug of support to cinder: ginger62 (08-20-2012)