So.. I'm trying not to chicken out. I still have over 2 months to go until surgery (Jan 17), and reading all of this is starting to freak me out. I am lucky that my husband and I work from home- at least I will have something to do and someone here with me... but it's all of these dumb little things like getting into our old claw foot bathtub and getting up to our second floor apartment. I know after it happens the first time it won't be a huge deal. I'm stressed out about it. And my husband will be a big help to me, but not as far as taking care of the daily household chores! Sigh. I'm trying to rationalize if its worth it, which I know is silly, after all its already been 20 years of pain and of having to quit all of things I loved (dancing especially!!!). I don't want to end up even more of a couch potato! In the meantime, I'm trying to get some upper body strength and a bit healthier in preparation....
Well. It's the week of and I'm nervous as all get out.... I know I don't post here much, but I have a feeling that after this week, I'll be here a bit more often. Good luck to everyone undergoing surgery this week...! I hope it goes well for all.
Good luck and keep us posted. I had my extra bone taken out of my right foot almost two years ago(jan 2011) and well that healed up fine, I guess but I torn my PTT tendon when I had a scooter accident and needed a 2nd surgery..now I'm getting ready for my thrid which will be an FDL transfer.
When I had my bone removed and the PTT reattached, I was really sore after surgery but I feel now that my first surgery was easier to heal from than my 2nd. I was a hostess with my first surgery and I went back to work 3 months after surgery. I now work in retail and I took 4 months off for the last.
Keep busy till you have surgery, it helps. I took too much time off before the last two so this time I'm working right up till feb 28th(3rd surgery date) I like to go to stores and look around to blow a few hours plus I find some cool things. Keep busy and I hope time flys for you
Sooo... its done. Stairs were a cinch scooting on my butt, all was fine until the swelling!!!!!!!! Omg. Wow. Taking Vicodin and naproxen and getting sporadic relief. Only supposed to take every 6hours? For real? I won't be getting any sleep tonight!
Husband has been awesome taking care of me
Hope everyone else is doing well and finds relief!
The following user gives a hug of support to Hachee: angelee43 (01-17-2013)
as suspected, I think I was able to get 2 hours of sleep total. Woke up nauseated from taking painkillers all night on an empty stomach- and had a minor meltdown of being trapped in bed and unable to eat, take more painkillers and get more ice because my husband was soundly sleeping next to me. Called the dr. regarding the crazy amount of swelling and pain from all the pressure... loosed up some bandages, took more pain pills and I think I am on my way to a very long pain and pressure free nap....
Hows everyone else doing today? I hope all are well!
I'm on break at work and in so much pain. I keep getting foot cramps and try not to let them notice cause i still need to tell them I'm having surgery. My mom one time 3 days into surgery I called her and said I needed to pee and she was like "courtney go back to bed, it can wait" than like two hours later she was like "you need something?"'...we laugh about it now but at the time it wasn't funny cause it was 1am and I needed to go. Just a funny story
The Following User Says Thank You to ohitscourtney For This Useful Post: Hachee (01-19-2013)
When I had my splint icing it from there didn't work so well. But I highly recommend icing your knee/back of knee (I'd rotate) and it really helps! Now that I have a cast, I still ice from my knee and I get the most relief.
Good luck, and make sure your super elevated round the clock, It makes all the difference!
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The Following User Says Thank You to Erie0385 For This Useful Post: Hachee (01-20-2013)
woohoo! Out of the splint today and into a hard cast. I got lucky I suppose- no swelling (the doc seemed as super surprised as I was, especially since it felt like I had an elephant foot) and I mastered the stairs outside! And bathing! It's so nice to feel semi-capable of something. Now if I can shake this dehydration and unhappiness from the meds, I will one be happy lil' chickie. I haven't taken any pain meds since yesterday afternoon and got my splint off and a cast on with minimal pain. But they also didn't have to change the position of my foot yet either :/ We'll see what happens in 2 more weeks when I get this cast off and stitches out...
Hope everyone is hanging in there and doing as good as ya can be Sending good vibes to all
Yay! Off pain meds completely, finally slept in the bed last night (I am so sick of this couch) and I slept WELL. I was having a hard time trying to get comfy with this new cast, as I am in gravity equinus position. The magic solution: my rolled yoga mat as a support. worked like a charm without creating any weird pressure points in my cast!
Oh it's the little things.