Holy cow, Paula! I can't believe that everything with your foot, you've hurt your "good" foot, too! I'm glad it's feeling better, and hope it heals completely and quickly.
I'm SO hoping that I don't have to go through the forest/harvesting experience. Since my last chemo (end of June) I've been growing back hair in most places, but so far not on my legs. I hope it stays that way until after this whole splint/cast/boot thing. Although I'm past the danger of high risk of infection from chemo, I still worry about it. I guess I always will. So maybe I'll just have the ugly shriveled skin but no hair. I could live with that.
Do any of you do exercises before you PT starts? Something to strengthen the leg connected to your surgical foot? This is only my 10th day since surgery, but I've been doing what I can since day 1. Although I'm still supposed to be keeping it elevated higher than my heart, my aftercare instructions say that I can have it not elevated for 10 minutes at a time, for bathroom and stuff like that. So whenever I get into my wheelchair to use the bathroom or refill my drink, I do leg lifts with that leg. I'm telling you, that splint/bandage is HEAVY! Feels like it weighs about 15 pounds. So I just let my leg hang down, and lift it parallel to the ground, and repeat. The first day I could barely do 10. Today I started doing 60 at a time without a break. I do it slowly, so I'm not just kicking the leg up. It doesn't take long, so I can still be back in my recliner with my foot elevated within 10 minutes. It just feels good to be doing something. Believe me, when I'm done, I'm really ready to get it back up on those pillows. My foot has felt swollen a couple of times, but that's all. A while after doing the leg lifts, it actually feels like there's a little extra room in my splint. It's obvious that I've lost a little weight since surgery. I'm eating a bran muffin for breakfast (to combat the effects of the Vicodin), greek yogurt for lunch (extra protein to help with healing), and whatever my son (fabulous cook) fixes for dinner. My jeans have gotten a little loose and the top of the splint is roomy, where it was tight the first few days after surgery.
I have a couple of questions. ADK ~ was your surgery on your left foot? I should know that, but I don't remember. I'm wondering because you mentioned that you were given clearance to drive. I can't believe how much I miss driving!
Paula ~ I'm so surprised to hear that you'll get out of the cast and into a boot after only 2 weeks! I hope SO much that I get that news as well when I get my cast next week. I understand that the boot is really heavy, but to be in something that can be removed occasionally sounds like heaven! Every night when my husband asks if I need anything else before I go to sleep, I ask him to take the splint off
Obviously we all are having various procedures and our outcomes and prognosis varies from one person to the next. But I'm reading so many things today that are very encouraging. I'm so thankful for this community and all who take time to contribute. It has made this experience much easier. My surgeon and his assistant are really awesome, but they only have so much time for each patient. It's so cool to be able to come to a place where we can discuss different experiences and talk about the reality of the procedures, rather than our doctors' textbook talks.
Thanks everyone, for everything you contribute. You make a difference in my experience with recovery, with my comfort level, in my every day. I'm thankful for all of you
Denise (if some of this doesn't quite make total sense, I'm rather heavily drugged)