So I had my doctor's visit today! I had my cast removed---and of course, x-rays! The doctor is actually very pleased with the healing of the osteotomy--said it looks great! He said he is pleased really with the overall progress of the foot and ankle. I am now in a boot--its not the normal one I have always worn, he actually said its a diabetic walker----its HUGE!!! It comes up almost to my knee---but he said it has alot more padding and stability---so this is what I have now. I figure worse case, I can always, on down the road, go to my old boot---if This one gets to be in my way!
But the bad news----still no weight bearing for 2 weeks. I go back to see him May 6th----I will start P/T as soon as I can get the appointment scheduled---but he wants no weight bearing until I see him again---b/c he wants to be certain the tendons have healed--and he is just not ready to let me walk yet!
BUT ---I can now shower and wash my leg! My mom is coming over to help me wash my foot----I don't like to touch my incisions---and my B/F said there is no way in heck he is taking the chance of hurting me!! LOL
So there is my check up-----WALLEYE I hope you got some good news today!! Let us know!!!
Tracie, that's awesome about the boot! But a bummer you are still NWB. A whole new world opens up when you can put your foot down.
Let us know how the leg washing goes - I've heard some scary stories about what our legs are going to look like and how the skin will flake/peel off. Ewww.
Keep us updated on the boot and P/T. I go to the doc in 2 weeks and will hopefully get my cast off. I've been able to walk on it and I'm getting quite speedy on my crutches. But P/T scares me. Sounds like you'll go before me, so I'm curious how it goes for you.
SoCal- PT isn't scary. I remember telling them how nervous I was and really the first visit lasted 5 minutes, we had a chat about a recent episode of house and he gave me a couple at home things to do while I attempt to regain range of motion. The skin thing was cool. My doctor took care of a little of it.
Tracie- The marker from surgery makes it a bit more intimidating to look/touch the surgery area, but it gets better. I'm so happy for you! If your leg gets itchy try benadryll (SP?)
Worldwalker great to hear about the boot and you get to start PT. The 2weeks will go by fast. Just look at the fact you can look at your foot and shower kinda normal. Ex-ray look good he said.
I am still in the boot for now and get to start to weight bear a little, but not to over do it. I can sleep without the boot (it was tough sleeping every time you move you think you are going to hurt it and don't really sleep good the 1st night)and sit in my chair without it. But was told I must wear it when I am up. I was like a kid in the candy store yesterday happiness. I get to start range of motion, excersize bike, and rubbing the surgical area to get the numbness to go away.
I took a bath yesterday and it was wonderful, the water when I got out was gross with dead chunks of skin. yuk!!!!! Am using pure vitamin E oil to moisten the leg (which looks like it malnutritioned) and ugly.
I also go back for another ex-ray on May 6th. I was told I could go back to work of course just sitting on May 4th. I pretty much to them they were out of their minds. I can't even walk with the crutches and they are pusing me to go back to work. Not happening. I can only manage about 45 minutes with the foot down before the swelling gets out of control. Short term dissability is pushing this. I called them sure hope they don't stop the checks but I am not ready to be sitting in a upright chair for 4 to 8 hours yet with the foot on the ground. I'm too happy to dwell on anything but the fact I can look and touch my foot and start the next faze of recovery.
yeah a bath walleye! Even if it was gross water after....it is a step back to "normal'!
I hear you about going back to work. I work for a school district and I am on my feet most of the time so I am off for the rest of the school year...since I am nwb until June anyway. I am not getting dissability so that makes a difference too. So you hang tough with that and take it easy!
Celebrate the range of motion exercises and sleeping boot free! Oh...and this wonderful weather we are having here in MN!
The dead floating skin is exactly why I prefer showers! When I was in Japan I recall them showering momentarily before jumping into the bath I think to prevent that. That might help take away the stress of a bath.
(another world-walking moment I bring to the table to help)
I babysit and I told the family I'd return in the fall when I'm better. I miss not working. I also don't go to class as often because it can be such a hassle just to get there! I love the MN weather, but if I'm still working on returning to normal. I'd like a little rain.
OOOHHHh I am SO crabby today!!! i hate this boot---it hurts-----I think I would rather have the cast on at this point!!! I am just feeling terribly whiny! In this boot----my toes are constricted-----so where they used to be open to the air and I could move them and wiggle them---I can't now!!! And I know he put me in this thing for my own good----but it just makes me feel so crabby!!
And I know everyone is talking about the pretty weather----but it is supposed to be close to 90 on Saurday here---and I have a cook out to go to---do you know how impossibly hot this boot is going to be???? GGGRR
I am really sorry---but I had to vent---and no one is home to listen to me!!! I hope everyone else is having a much better day!!!!! I will check back in and hopefully will have put on a new attitude!!!!!!!!!
vent all you want to. I sooooo remember those days during recovery. I think we all have had them. You know what? Go with it. Be a B#@% on wheels if you want to! You've been through hell and back and a grumpy day now and then is just good for the soul.
tracie: I hear you loud and clear. I spent most of the "beautiful day" sleeping cause I was soooo crabby from not being able to sleep last night. I missed the whole great day and I DON"T CARE....I slept ok? And then I got up and pouted some and got on with it........feeling better.
The thing I hate is that people who have never been through a foot surgery have no idea how much this sucks. They don't know how heavy and bulky the cast and boot are...how everthing can ache from your head to your toes and YES....how sweaty the foot can get in that boot on a warm day dang it!
My daughter's teacher asked her what I was doing all day these days. She said it "must be nice not to have to work". GRRRRRRR!
What was up with today?? I, too, was crabby today! And just Tuesday I woke up and felt like, finally!, I might get some semblance of normal life back. I was so happy Tuesday and Wednesday, then today, bam! crabbapotamus.
Must be something in the air, huh?
I was tempted today to try to slide my foot out of this blasted cast. What bugs me most, is those wicked scabs on my heel. They just rub, and rub, and rub. Has anyone had that, and if so, what did you do to make it stop? It's 24/7 and will even wake me up at night. Ugh!
On the upside, I've been weight bearing and doing well with that - I even called my doctor to make sure I wasn't messing anything up since it felt fine to put most of my weight on the recovery foot.
On the downside - I live in California and you want to talk about heat? It was 97 degrees here on Tuesday! I live at the beach, it isn't supposed to get hotter than 75 degrees. Well, that's my dream anyway. But dang it was hot and my foot is STILL sticking to the stupid sock thing in my cast. Ugh.
Okay, done venting. Oh, no wait. Not yet. I totally understand when you say it's so frustrating when people say, 'oh, must be nice to be home all day doing nothing'. Yeah, well, it must be nice to pee balancing on BOTH feet. Ugh. And I'm sure it's nice to be able to shower standing up! On both feet! Ugh.
SoCalgal09, Yes the heel scab is the worst. I put Vitamin E skin oil on it and have soaked in the tub. And yes everyone it is wonderful. Sucks to have to get yourself up and out but it is worth it. Do you have an air cast or the cam walker? I was using the air cast and found it rubs something aweful no matter how much air you take out. I am trying my cam walker today more of a hassel to strap on but it doesn't rub as of yet. When they say to take it slow on the start of light weight bearing why do we feel like super hero's and do more than we think? My first day I did alot, thought it was ok didn't hurt too bad (that should have been my clue but oh no)and then suffered. Haven't seen so much swelling since the 2nd day after surgery.
Question: On the incision just below the ankel bone is an unhealed spot which the doc noticed and put a bandaid on. It is tender to touch and rubbed in the air cast. You would have thought at 6 weeks everything would have healed closed. Anyone else have this?
Tracie, venting is good for the soul and we all need to do it every so often. We understand and better to us than a loved one who can't understand why we are losing it on them. Think 2 weeks, 2 weeks then you should be able to sit with the boot off.
It is true about the balancing act and shower. Beautiful weather for all.
Walleye aka (Debra)
Hey Walleye, I wish I was so lucky as to have an air cast or cam walker - I'm still in the hard cast. Only a week and a half of that nonsense left, though! I can't wait.
As for the weight bearing - that's why I called my doctor. I wasn't having any pain, or any swelling. The first week I was super careful and hardly put any weight on it and then this Tuesday, it felt so great and I was putting more and more weight on it. Still no pain or swelling. That's what got me a little worried. Yesterday I did a little too much. I went grocery shopping and used the cart as a walker. After about 15 minutes I switched back to my crutches because it was hurting and then last night my ankle was throbbing a little. So today, back to baby steps, but it feels good.
I need to be careful what I wish for - today it's 61 degrees here. Brrr.
SoCal- The heel thing happened to me too, that's why they gave me a doughnut to stop it from driving me insane. I lost a good chunk of skin when it finally fell off and it was uber sensitive. I think if any part of this still frustrates me it is that people keep treating me like, 'what? not better yet?' or uber fragile like I've made no progress. I also hate the crud my mother keeps dishing out because she thinks she's in a position of power to get away with things.
That sucks! About the skin, your mom, and all those weenies who have no idea what this is like.
Did they give you a donut before putting on the cast? I get to be in a walker in a week and a half, so I only have a short time left in the hard cast, but if I can get some relief I'll gladly have them put a new one on!
Last edited by SoCalGal09; 04-24-2009 at 01:21 PM.
You guys are so great!! I knew I could vent to you guys and you would understand!
SoCalGal-----you also cracked me up with the peeing thing---I laughed out loud---and I really needed that!!! YOu couldn't be MORE right with what you said!!! I just this morning about had a major fiasco is the bathroom---I was so mad by the time I got out of there----I had to sit back down and cool off when I got back to bed----It is just SOOOOO frustrating!!!!
My B/F did come home last nite, and God love him, took me out for a bit. That helped some. I still hate this new boot----BUt I am trying really hard to be positive and nice!!
Last nite, the incision on the outside part of my foot, the scab peeled off in one big hunk---EEEEWWWW!!!! The one on the inside is slowly coming off----it is SO gross!!!! My heel scab isn't too bad---so I am going to think positive, and maybe that one won't bother me?? I hate that its causing you so much discomfort, Walleye!
I guess these 2 weeks will fly by! LOL---No P/T until Tuesday----so thatgives me Monday to recoop from the weekend---b/c you know I have such a busy social life these days---NOT ----but I am curious to see how it goes on Tuesday.
So I guess yesterday was the day to fuss!! LOL-------I am trying to be more positive today----but I can see the flowers out on our deck, that B/F just bought this week to surprise me, need watering---and I can't get out there with the water to take care of them!!! GGRRRRR-----I just wanna take care of it now!!!
Thanks again for all of your replies----it is so good to know we are not alone in all of this!!! It is just such a frustrating process!!
Tracie, congratulations! I have been following your recovery process and am very very happy about your progress. Everyday, I look at my own progress and think about the long days ahead, it gets you down from time to time. But sometimes, I will also think that if many of you on this board can overcome the long recovery, I should be able to do so also. Reading about each one of you going through different stages of recovery before us, it gives us hope and positive attitude. You may not realize the influence and importance of your progress report, but we, the readers definitely benefit from the information. Thank you. One thing, I am a little confused is about wearing big boot. You said that you were given a big diabetic boot to walk, and also were told to be NWB for two more weeks. Isnít walking on boot considered weight bearing? What is partial weight bearing? How do you do on a PWB on a boot?
Solcalgal, congratulations on your recovery progress also. Just like you said before, I do feel better now than the first week of post-op. I am 25 days of post-op (pttd surgery 4/1/09), my back is not hurting me any more and I am stronger. I can move my toes, but they are still swollen. Although it is still pretty difficult and cumbersome for me to go to the bathroom, taking shower, and getting food out of refrigerator, etc., I began doing small chores around the house. I helped my husband wash dishes, fruits and veggies. I can cut veggies and cook a little bit if he is home to hand me over pots and pans, spice, oil, etc. I am counting the days that I would follow you and some of the others on this board to take a giant step and move onto the next stage of the recovery process.
I am really glad that reading all of our progress reports is helping you along in your recovery! It does help to read where each person is and what they are able to accomplish with each step of this surgery!!
As far as my boot----yes, I have the diabetic walker shoe---but I do not walk in it----I wear it, but I am still using crutches--so I have to keep the boot lifted off the ground while I crutch around---make sense?
So basically---I can take it off to shower, which is FAB!! and I can take it off to sleep---but I am still stuck on crutches to move around and am not "walking"....I am still hopping along.
So I am still completely NWB----not even PWB in the boot right now.
The main reason he put me in the boot, and not into another hard cast for 2 weeks, is b/c this way I can start strengthening exercises in P/T. He wants me to work on that before I even attempt PWB in the boot. I guess PWB is best described as putting most of your weight onto your crutches, but putting your foot down some too---Maybe SoCalGal would be better at answering that since she is doing PWB currently-----I guess when I start, my P/T will work with me on that......
So I am still using my wheelchair---and my knee walker was delivered, but i am not using it yet either, b/c I don't like the position that it puts my foot in---so I will use it eventually on down the road.
I am glad you are finding these threads helpful---please continue to check in and let us know how you are doing--I am glad you are finding helpful things to do around the house! Thats the best thing to do----I have to go shopping for a baby shower this weekend. The shower is next weekend---But since I am still NWB, I am just going to send a gift---I don't have anyone to go with me to help me---and its not fair to the girl having the baby to have to have someone wait on me when its HER shower!! LOL---so I am going to make a diapercake and send it to the shower by my B/F----I figure its the least i can do.
A diaper cake! How cute is that? Too bad you can't go to the shower. But I like the cake idea.
Yaohua - partial weight bearing is tricky. Basically, my doctor said, 'let pain be your guide' which I took to mean, do what you can and when it hurts, stop. The first few days I was very conservative and it hurt quite a lot to barely put any pressure on the foot. Then each day I would put my foot down and 'walk' - while putting most of my weight on the crutches. It is more of a skimming thing, really, at first. My foot would graze the ground with a little bit of weight on it. I can actually walk without my crutches now for a few steps, but that freaks me out so I don't do it. I'm just terrified of breaking something and ending up in surgery again.
I can use a walker, but find that it puts too much weight/pressure on my foot and hurts after a few minutes.
Every doctor is so different. Tracie's doc wants her nwb, but able to to p/t and mine put me back in a hard cast and said go ahead and walk. Strange.
So, if you're 25 days out, then you are about a week and a half to getting x-rays to check your progress. That means you're pretty close to where Tracie and I got the boot with p/t and hard cast with weight bearing. Hmmm. It will be interesting to see where your doctor takes you!
Last edited by SoCalGal09; 04-24-2009 at 09:12 PM.
Tracie and SoCalGal, thanks for answering my questions about NWB. I read a lot while researching the pttd recovery process. Some of them said you add 25 lb, 30 lb....etc. for NWB. I was just so confused of how you add specific pounds when you do NWB. It does sound tricky. I am due to see my doctor on May 11th to have the hard cast removed and x-rays. Like you said, it would be interesting to know what my doctor would want me to do. I had a wishful thinking of being able to walk by the end of May because my nephew is getting married on 5/30, and my 6 yr old twin grandchildren are flower girl and ring bearer (boy). I really don't want to miss the event. If my doctor puts me in boot on 5/11, I may still not be able to walk without pain, or not being able to walk at all. I'll wait and see. I also need somehow to get to Macy's or Dillard's to buy something nice to wear. I had only been out once during the last 25 days and that was seeing doctor. I borrowed a wheelchair, but have not used it yet. I probably need to practice it before going out with it for a grand trip of anyplace. Have a great weekend. I may figure out a way to get out of the house if the weather is decent.