I'm having a bit of an off day...
I'm feeling a lot of healing going on in my surgical area. With this is a lot of itchiness and some numbness. I took Benadryl last night which helped a little. I may use a prescription I have for itching as it is starting to make me crazy.
Also, does it hurt to have sutures removed? I know I have a lot.
Thanks and Happy Holidays,
Hi Desiree, As you know I'm two weeks ahead of you. The blip in my recovery has been a catheter. I was not able to use the bathroom because my bladder wasn't working. They said it was a narcotics and immobility. I hope to get the catheter out on Thursday. So I am cutting back on the narcotics. And trying to get around on the scooter a bit more. I have had some horrible itching. The Benadryl does help. It is from the narcotics. Norco especially. I had a 12 o'clock appointment For the new cast and some stitches out. At 11 o'clock in the car I took some pills. The pain is not too bad with the stitches. They removed the stitches from my hip area. And a few staples. Then the cast technician got me ready for a cast. His name is Rodney. He is very good at what he does. The biggest problem is getting into the building. We had a driver take us down so my husband could help me. There is no one in the lobby and no help for you. I took my scooter with me. I have my husband with me the whole time. Otherwise he would've had to go park the car. Be aware the appointment is on 72nd St. not at the hospital. You will be very happy with a fiberglass cast because it's light. It was a full day for me from Connecticut so what will be even more so for you from Boston. Sorry for some grammatical errors I'm using the iPad. My surgery was December 7. Time is not flying by. My bedroom is on the main floor. But to get out of the house I have steps to the garage. I had to be carried to the car. I am getting around my main level. With the scooter. The foot in the air is the hardest part all the time. My next appointment is in five weeks. That seems like an eternity from now. I have my moments up and down. I have not been able to focus on books or TV. Maybe that's just as well. Continue to improve and we will be in touch. Phyllis in Ct.
Exdancer... Are you going for a cast change? You'll need some help getting out of the car and into the building. We had a driver take us so that my husband could work with me. Otherwise he would've had to park the car and I would have had to wait. Keep us posted. Rodney the technician for the cast is great. Pick a color. I chose pink. I did see Dr. Deland while I was there. And Christine. But everybody is always very busy. So you don't get much time with either of them. Good luck.
Hi, the last two days have been challenging with more pain and discomfort. I believe everything is healing and reconnecting. Just really uncomfortable.
I go back on Jan. 2 to get sutures out and the cast on.
A week from today.
I also have some kind of rash on my shoulders...
I just keep trying to remind myself that things will get better.
Pesher,thanks for the head's up about the time needed for the cast. We are probably going to go down the day before. Pink sounds like a great color choice! Did the sutures hurt much? I will take the pain meds an hour before the appt.
None of the yoga pants (baggy and 2 sizes larger) could fit comfortably over my splint. I've been reduced to wearing nightgowns, a stretch skirt and sweat capris. Looking forward to next week.
We are due to get snow. No idea how I will ever be able to leave the house.
Hi exdancer.... The Suture removal was not too bad. The sutures were removed at my hip. And a couple of staples on my foot. There are a lot of incision places on my foot and on my calf. He lengthened my Achilles. Rodney is the cast tech . He's very very good. We left here Connecticut at 8:30 AM. And got home at 6 PM. You're lucky if you can stay overnight as you mentioned. Then head home after. My next appointment isn't for five weeks. I'm not sure what they'll do then. I've had my ups and downs. The pain is under control pretty much. But lying in bed with my foot in the year has gotten to me. The itching has stopped all over. Probably becaue im less on my pain meds. I bet the rash is fromNorco. I have been in a nightgown since I got home. Tomorrow I go to the urologist. It'll be my first time out. I hope my bladder will work when they take the catheter out. It was a strange blip for me. Glad nobody else had that. Have you been able to wash your hair or take a shower. I washed my hair in the laundry sink. Standing on 1 foot and using the knee walker. As I said my moods are up and down. I have not been able to focus on reading. Keep in touch. I hope tomorrow will be a better day for you.
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So glad to hear from you! We were all wondering. Now you are back. My next appt. w Deland is Jan 23. At that time there will be a CT scan and exray at HSS, and then cast change. Remember I am two weeks ahead of you. My surgery was December 7. I have requested to speak to Christine and Deland a few times and they are very rushed. As you know the waiting room is very busy. Did Rodney take care of you for the cast ? I am sure the cast is much lighter and you're doing much better. This is a very hard time. Now that I am off narcotics and I am alert I am also very bored. Today is the first time I am dressed and having some friends over for lunch. Tomorrow will be four weeks post op for me. Write to me and let me know how you're doing. It gets better every day. Hopefully it's all going to be worth it!!
Phyllis in CT
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Sorry didn't mean to press post...
Today is the first day that I've been much more up and about in the house. I spent some time in our living room watching clouds float by whilst lying on the couch with my foot elevated.
Am trying to go down to 3 Norco per day from the 4 per day. I am finding this difficult as the last two hours are very uncomfortable/painful. I'm hoping I will eventually be able to stop the meds.
Had friends over Saturday night who brought food and made me smile and giggle. Felt more like my old self.
When we had the splint off we took some photos of all the surgical sights on my foot. I have now dubbed my left foot, "Frankenfoot!"
It's pretty impressive.
I have another 4 weeks until I'm back in NY to have the CT scan and was also told I would get the boot at that time.
In my next post I will finally write down all the procedures I had done.
Hello dancer. As you recall, I am 10 days ahead. I see Deland Jan 23. I am into my fifth week. Now dressed each day, and even out twice for lunch on my knee walker. I had a terrible day last week... Week 4. Depressed, crying, and angry. Better now, but still counting the hours . Surprised Deland never calls to check in now and again . Just " see you in 5 weeks". Have you heard from them? So..... Hang in... Weeks five gets to turn a corner. Just waiting for 6 and 7 to be over! Please write.
Glad to hear you felt well enough today to be up and about. Felt good, didn't it? Your visit with friends on Sat was a huge morale boost, I'm sure.
Good to hear you're trying to scale down on pain meds. With all the work you had done, I'm sure you still have high pain levels. I began to feel so much better once I began to scale down the pain meds,,,they just made me feel bad.
I got my cast off today and have a boot. Feels so good to be able to move the foot, even just a little!