Hi Ginger, how are you? I am doing pretty good. It's a roller coaster of emotions as you know with frustration, anger, depression, but hanging in there. Some days are long for me when I get no visitors. I have my appointment next Tuesday the 5th and I am hoping to get the cast off, but not getting my hopes up so as to not be disappointed and progress to the next stage. It will be 5 week this Thursday. On top of all this, luckily my husband is ok, but we had an ice storm two weeks ago and he hit the guardrail going to work and my car is totaled, but I have been researching and "building" my virtual car I like online. I hope to get a new car soon. It's sad not to have my car. It was perfect because it was high and I was able to easily get in and out of and my husband's car is very low. Oh well, trying to staying positive.
Hope everyone out there is doing well and hanging in there. This sure is a long process and I hope once the summer comes I will enjoy it. Not sure when you start PT? Do I do that after the cast?
I do keep thinking I need a good story. Whenever someone asks me what happened to my foot, I think they're a little disappointed when I tell them I had surgery on it - I feel like they're looking for some juicy story. Haven't taken the time to come up with something good yet!
Ha! My story is that I was trying to take a picture of a bunny and used my ankle to find a hole in the back yard. People laugh and ask if that is really how it happened. Like I would make up something that lame? If I were making something up there would be some Evil Conevil research going on.
Hope everyone out there is doing well and hanging in there. This sure is a long process and I hope once the summer comes I will enjoy it.
It is quite a long process. My surgery was at the end of September and I'm still in sneakers instead of real shoes. I still walk kind of funny with a limp some days and a total weeble wobble gait on others. It's a process that just keeps going like the energizer bunny. Not at cute as a bunny but it goes on forever... Or at least it seems like that.
You will make great strides though and you have to keep looking back and realize how much better you are doing now than a week, two weeks, a month ago. I had someone make a comment the other day about how I still had a limp and I replied that I couldn't walk three months ago so I'm doing ok.
When I actually thought about it I was trying to figure out how to give myself a high five in congratulations on my progress. Three months ago I was throwing my crutches across the room (just once but I felt like doing it a LOT more than that) because I was just so frustrated. Three months ago I had to crawl to go to restroom in the middle of the night. Three months ago I started the day taking a bath FROM A 5 GALLON HOME DEPOT BUCKET.
Looking back on the process I think I should have kept a diary so that I could go back and see my progress more easily to help me get through the rough days.
I know it's different depending on the dr and your surery, but the dr told me to start PT when I got the cast off at 6 weeks. I was right around 7 when I actually started by the time I got an appointment.
Ladies, we all get tired of the same old boring story whe someone asks "what happened to your leg?". Soooooo,,,,,my story has been this....feel free to borrow! I tell them visited a Harley Davidson dealership and asked to test drive a motorcycle and ended up having a wreck, messing up my ankle!! The look on faces is just priceless!! Of course, once they compose themselves, I tell the the real story, just a boring ankle surgery!! I did take pre-op pics of my ankle and have been taking a pic each week, to mark progress. I think it helps us to remember how far we've come, when we don't thi k we're making progress. it's helped me.
Yes,,,,,another response to "what happened to your foot?". Since my hubby is always with me, I tell them that I told hubby if he didn't move fast enough, next time they'd have to surgically remove my foot from his rear. Well, he didn't move quick enough, so here I am!! LOL
All went very smoothly. Once the waiting was over and time to get ready the anxiety left and I was fine. Like everyone else they gave me a nerve block, then a spinal and then I was out of surgery and in post-op. That nerve block is so strange! I couldn't tell if anyone was touching my toes.
The only problem I had was that I was very thirsty and drank LOTS of water and then I couldn't pee. They ended up putting a catheter in and after that I was ok. Came home after lunch and it feels good to be in my own bed.
Tried crutches but was not very steady. Got a walker instead. Finding it difficult to get out of chairs, etc. but we are managing. Don't know what I would do w/o my hubby who has been at my side all the time. almost fell but he caught me.
Haven't taken any Percocet since last night and then I've only taken one at a time.
I'm pleased with my progress so far. Thanks everyone for your thoughts and prayers.
Glad to hear that everything went well!!! You will find your strength improves as time passes -- I can do things now at 2+ weeks that I didnt think were possible a week or two ago. At this point, I manage things like showers, breakfast, lunch independently, but I'm not much help yet with things like cooking dinners, dishes, laundry, etc. Starting tomorrow, I'm on my own during the daytime hours so I think I'll try to do more. Maybe I'll empty the dishwasher or something useful like that, lol.
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