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As I head into surgery on 2/24/14, I am hoping that my blog will be therapeutic(for me), entertaining(for you), and MAYBE even helpful to others(anyone) as I chronicle my experiences; Pre-surgery and through recovery.
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Almost two weeks out, ready for my post-op!

Posted 03-08-2014 12:31 AM by wellies

Well, Today is Friday. I had my surgery last monday, so I am almost to the two week mark. I have to admit that week one was pretty tough. I had to stay an extra night in the Hospital due to pain control problems, and two days after I got home, I had a pretty scary fall (I was using the crutches, it was before I had the walker). I'm pretty sure the fall can be blamed on the heavy pain killers that I was having to take on a very regular schedule. That said, I stepped down on my right (surgical) foot pretty hard. I thought I felt a pop and it was incredible painful. I was terrified for a couple of days that I might have ruined my surgery. I go for my first post-op appointment on the 11th of March, and I have to admit that I am still a little bit nervous that when the surgical splint comes off and the x-rays come through, that the doc is going to say that something is out of place and I'll have to undergo this saga all over again. I try not to think about that. It will keep me up at night.

Aside from the fall, and the intense pain early on, I am happy to say that the past few days have been relatively pain free. As have many of you who have or will undergo this surgery, I have spent much time, both prior and post surgery, reading blogs and posts on this site. I had prepared myself for a beast of a surgery and for a long and painful recovery, but based on all of the (many!) accounts that I have read, I am, so far, having a relatively easy time of it, comparatively.

In terms of physical symptoms, I have the expected throbbing and aching, a definite sharp ache on the inner, top side of my foot when I flex it and/or wiggle my big toe. I have sharp pain on either side of my ankle just under the protrusion of the ankle bone....I think this is likely from the Calcaneal Osteotomy, though I can't be sure. (it still weirds me out a little when I think of the fact that they cut off my whole heal...the whole thing!!) And I have pain in the lower part of my calf when I straighten my leg or if I flex my foot. I know that I had my achilles lengthened, and I believe that my surgeon mentioned something about doing something to the calf muscle when I first got to my room from the recovery area... but I can't take my word for that...I don't think I was even really there... whoa nelly... anesthesia's a heck of a drug.

I think at this point, it is important for me to remember that this is going to be a long process, and that for me, this journey has just begun. I try to remain firm in my resolve to keep a "positive outlook" on this whole sha-bang (wow, no idea how to spell sha-bang...), , but I am also working hard to keep myself at least tenuously connected to the reality that there will be lots of ups and downs. This is a surgery with a notoriously long and difficult recovery period. I have caught myself thinking "wow, this isn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be." I know that that's more than counting my chickens before they less than two weeks post surgery, i'd say that's more like counting your chickens before you've bought any chickens.

Right now, I think the worst part, for me, is the feeling of impotence every time I: look down at the surgical splint and wonder what's under there, ponder how long this process will take, and most of all, sit here waiting until I can take any kind of active role in my recovery. I am anxious to start PT. I am anxious to get the first of many progress reports. I am ready to get off of my butt and out of this bed!

Well, we shall see. For now, I am going to try to remain content with each good day, and to try to remain positive through any (and i'm sure there will be many) difficult days.

Yeah, I got nuthin'....sooooo, that's it for tonight. Well-wishes to all.
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