Im in that point of recovery that sucks! I'm bouncing between 1 and 2 crutches depending on pain. I'm so ready to be off them! PT is going, I see results, but it's slow. I'm stressing even more that I'll be going back to work full time feb 19. It's terrifying knowing that I will be on my feet 40 hours a week when I go back. My boss said she'd try and find me some desk work, but most of the work I do is running around! I figure I'll bring crutches to work in case I need them!
So I'm frustrated that this is a longer recovery than my first ankle reconstruction!
Damn really hope it works out well for you Erie. And i really hope work works out when you go back! Hope you dont have to do too much running around to start.
And yes sounds good with the crutches i would say definitely take them in case.
Best of luck with it all.
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I'm back again with some more thoughts regarding the catheter. This has nothing to do with the ankle surgery as there wasn't a catheter but several years ago I had surgery for a bowel resection (they actually removed about two feet of my intestine) and after the surgery they removed the catheter (it tickles) and then I was drinking water but couldn't pee. At that point they decided to try a straight catheter (just a tube that allows pee into a cup then they remove the tube). So obviously this was the first time I had a catheter inserted while awake. I too was a little nervous and she washed the area and then I asked when she was going to do it but it was already done and the pee was flowing. So, inserting a catheter is not painful, in fact I wouldn't even call it uncomfortable. Not to worry. I doubt that you will even have one for such a short surgery.
When you talk to the doctor you can ask him lots of questions about pain, drugs, length of surgery, etc. and just kinda let the question of a catheter slip in there and it will be a normal pre-op question. Speaking of pre-op....several on this board told different stories of what they had to do prior to surgery i.e. two showers w/antibacterial soap, no nail polish, no creams, etc. so you can talk about those too.
Personally I found waiting for the surgery to be much more nerve wracking than the actual surgery or hospital routine.
Thanks Ddill for that information have my list of questions here that i am writing i do hope the catheter thing isn't needed but will ask my surgeon at the next appointment when i find out what he wants to do for surgery.
And yes i would feel totally uncomfortable with the catheter. But thanks for your help guess right now though i need to put it out of my mind and not fret about it as i have it on my question list so i don't have to keep worrying and feeling uncomfortable about it now.
Seems most people on these boards haven't had to have it. So i really hope not but will check with the surgeon in case.'
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I'm doing super. I only took the Percocet for a couple of days but continued ice and elevation. Last two days I have not done either and the swelling is down and no pain. Life is wonderful --or would be if my husband hadn't broken the dishwasher!
Tomorrow the staple come out and I assume a cast goes on. Can't decide what color I want. Maybe pink since I put pink polish on my toes.
I always use the knee walker to get around and it has been a life saver. Hoping to find someone who needs it when I am finished.
I'll be back tomorrow after staples are removed....
Can I ask a question? I just had an ankle/foot reconstruction surgery last Weds. 2/6/13. Because of suggestions by many here, I rented a knee scooter. I use it exclusively right now because I despise my crutches. I have had several knee surgeries in the past 9 yrs and I am so sick of the crutches.
So, I wonder how portable the scooter is? I am thinking of taking it to use at work once I go back. I work at an animal hospital as a client care specialist, and I will have my own office to work in where I can put my leg up and ice. I feel like the scooter offers more stability. Especially if I am scooting along (lol, the image cracks me up) and I happen to get jumped on by a dog (always a fear when I'm on crutches). I only use it in the house because I'm still early in my recovery. But I love it. Have you used it anywhere besides the house yet?
Scooter is very portable. When I had mine, I took to the mall. Great to use on concrete and tile floors. mine had warning labels which stated not to use outdoors though. Mine had a lever which made the handle collapse for easy storage in a trunk. Good luck!!
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Re: staple removal - i had somewhere around 50 staples, I found that the majority of them didn't hurt at all, I could feel them coming out, but no pain. There were a few that hurt a little bit - kind of a small stinging pain, it only lasted for a second on each one...it was maybe only 10 or 15 of them that I had any pain with...but again, it wasn't significant. I know others have said it was more painful.