Re: Surgery today 9/25
Like Prico said--really keep up with your pain meds for the first week or 2. When my nerve block wore off, it was one of the worst pains I had ever experienced. By keeping on a regular schedule (even at night, wake up to take them!) it made it better. Even if you don't feel like you need them at that moment, take it, because its hard once you get off schedule. After the first week, you can start to taper back if you feel like you can, but other that that...as often as possible!
As for toes, with my surgery, I couldn't wiggle them for a while afterwards. I can now, and do it often. Sometimes it feels good, other times it causes more pain. I don't think you can mess anything up (but I'm not a doctor!). My doc has me wiggle my toes now as a gauge of how I'm healing.
Good luck on your trip home! I had a 6 hour drive after my initial injury...elevation!!! So important.