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    Old 08-29-2013, 08:09 AM   #1
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    Hi All!

    I'm a (usually) very active 27-year-old who had bunion surgery on my left food last Friday (23 August), and tomorrow I will have my first follow-up appointment.

    The first four days out of surgery were not terrible. Not so much painful as a feeling of a lot of pressure and a throbbing. I was super careful to elevate and ice as directed (I was told to elevate for 90% of the day and ice every hour for at least 20 minutes), I took the prescribed codeine pills for three days until my body couldn't handle the narcotics anymore, and I think (though I will learn tomorrow) that everything is okay. I've very lightly bumped my foot a couple times on accident, but nothing major, and I'm using crutches to get around.

    I had the surgery on a Friday afternoon and returned to work on Monday. I just brought an extra chair over to my desk and keep it elevated the whole day, and have co-workers bring me ice packs.

    The pressure has been a bit unnerving, so the nurse told me I could cut the top layer Ace bandage off, but it hasn't helped much. My boyfriend does a lot of stuff around the house like the cooking and the cleaning, and he helped me to the bathroom the first three days and helps me into the bathtub still every morning!

    My best advice is this:

    1. After surgery, make sure to elevate and ice as directed and stay off that foot!!! Really rally your support group to help take care of you over the first week.
    2. If you're going to be on narcotics, please make sure to also have a gentle laxative on hand, otherwise you'll be in Constipationville for daaaayyyss. NO FUN!
    3. Crutches suck worse than the surgery, so heed this advice: If you are starting to feel a lot of unbearable pain under your arms, move the hand hand grips up and support the majority of your weight on them. This helps a lot, and you'll feel more stable.
    4. Try not to freak out about the throbbing or the pressure or the pain. Difficult, I know, but this too shall pass.
    5. Try not to freak out about the length of recovery when your big bum will be laid up on the couch/bed. Before surgery, get a bunch of books you want to read, some games/puzzles, a laptop loaded with movies, and any project that your procrastinating self has been putting off (I made sure my guitar was sitting close by, but knitting or whatever it is you do), because you will have ALL the time in the world to do these things. Try not to think of the weeks ahead. Focus on today (it's difficult for me!).
    6. My boyfriend goes to work during the day, which means I have to have all my food/water close by so that I'm not hobbling to the kitchen risking injury. We decided he'd make my lunch every morning and pack a few snacks in a cooler that we put next to the couch where I'm laid up. This is SO helpful. Food is right there so I'm not having to get up.
    7. I'm an active gal and I can tell I've already gained some weight from being laid up, so as tempting as soothing yourself with food is, it's probably best to lay off the extra calories so that you're feeling more like a person with an injured foot who's laid up, and less like a beached whale with an injured foot who's laid up ).
    8. This last one is important because it will make you feel so much better about yourself and make you feel more human: Keep things around you and yourself CLEAN. When it's humanly possible, safe, and you have someone you trust to help you, take baths/showers every. single. day. I know, it's a pain, but you'll feel a million times better about your body and your situation. Yesterday I didn't take a bath and I felt gross/miserable the whole day. Keep your sheets on the bed clean so you don't feel like your sleeping in filth and we bought a tarp for the couch so we could just shimmy me off, clean it every other day, then replace it so I could sit on something clean and fresh the next day. Brilliant!! Makes such a difference. We also keep clutter off the floor/counters to minimise the risk of my klutzy self crutching onto a sock on the way to the bathroom and busting my butt (and my foot!).

    There's a light at the end of the tunnel!!! For me, it's about 5 weeks away!!!

    Anyone else out there at the first week mark!?! )

     
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    Old 08-31-2013, 06:33 PM   #2
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    Re: Almost a week since bunion surgery

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    Hi All!

    I'm a (usually) very active 27-year-old who had bunion surgery on my left food last Friday (23 August), and tomorrow I will have my first follow-up appointment.

    The first four days out of surgery were not terrible. Not so much painful as a feeling of a lot of pressure and a throbbing. I was super careful to elevate and ice as directed (I was told to elevate for 90% of the day and ice every hour for at least 20 minutes), I took the prescribed codeine pills for three days until my body couldn't handle the narcotics anymore, and I think (though I will learn tomorrow) that everything is okay. I've very lightly bumped my foot a couple times on accident, but nothing major, and I'm using crutches to get around.

    I had the surgery on a Friday afternoon and returned to work on Monday. I just brought an extra chair over to my desk and keep it elevated the whole day, and have co-workers bring me ice packs.

    The pressure has been a bit unnerving, so the nurse told me I could cut the top layer Ace bandage off, but it hasn't helped much. My boyfriend does a lot of stuff around the house like the cooking and the cleaning, and he helped me to the bathroom the first three days and helps me into the bathtub still every morning!

    My best advice is this:

    1. After surgery, make sure to elevate and ice as directed and stay off that foot!!! Really rally your support group to help take care of you over the first week.
    2. If you're going to be on narcotics, please make sure to also have a gentle laxative on hand, otherwise you'll be in Constipationville for daaaayyyss. NO FUN!
    3. Crutches suck worse than the surgery, so heed this advice: If you are starting to feel a lot of unbearable pain under your arms, move the hand hand grips up and support the majority of your weight on them. This helps a lot, and you'll feel more stable.
    4. Try not to freak out about the throbbing or the pressure or the pain. Difficult, I know, but this too shall pass.
    5. Try not to freak out about the length of recovery when your big bum will be laid up on the couch/bed. Before surgery, get a bunch of books you want to read, some games/puzzles, a laptop loaded with movies, and any project that your procrastinating self has been putting off (I made sure my guitar was sitting close by, but knitting or whatever it is you do), because you will have ALL the time in the world to do these things. Try not to think of the weeks ahead. Focus on today (it's difficult for me!).
    6. My boyfriend goes to work during the day, which means I have to have all my food/water close by so that I'm not hobbling to the kitchen risking injury. We decided he'd make my lunch every morning and pack a few snacks in a cooler that we put next to the couch where I'm laid up. This is SO helpful. Food is right there so I'm not having to get up.
    7. I'm an active gal and I can tell I've already gained some weight from being laid up, so as tempting as soothing yourself with food is, it's probably best to lay off the extra calories so that you're feeling more like a person with an injured foot who's laid up, and less like a beached whale with an injured foot who's laid up ).
    8. This last one is important because it will make you feel so much better about yourself and make you feel more human: Keep things around you and yourself CLEAN. When it's humanly possible, safe, and you have someone you trust to help you, take baths/showers every. single. day. I know, it's a pain, but you'll feel a million times better about your body and your situation. Yesterday I didn't take a bath and I felt gross/miserable the whole day. Keep your sheets on the bed clean so you don't feel like your sleeping in filth and we bought a tarp for the couch so we could just shimmy me off, clean it every other day, then replace it so I could sit on something clean and fresh the next day. Brilliant!! Makes such a difference. We also keep clutter off the floor/counters to minimise the risk of my klutzy self crutching onto a sock on the way to the bathroom and busting my butt (and my foot!).

    There's a light at the end of the tunnel!!! For me, it's about 5 weeks away!!!

    Anyone else out there at the first week mark!?! )
    Hey Devkid!

    Just wanted to say great advice, which applies to whether you're 27 or 77! I can totally relate to all your points. I'm 2nd week now & the time has draggggged, even tho I have books, mags, laptop, & various hand projects @ my elbow. The most exciting things that happen all day is getting up & down to bathroom....puhleeze! But what can we say...we must all endure the NWB period. I still have several more weeks of this. I agree about the constipation part...anesthesia as well as narcotics adds to the problem, then I often hold off drinking during the day so I don't have to get up as much...not good for the constipation. Also liked what you said about keeping clean...I have to take my spit bath standing on one leg...bummer, but makes me feel better & more relaxed. Better than no bath at all. Also will be glad when I reach the point of being able to sleep in the bed again. Right now I'm in the recliner 24/7...that alone gets old, but not comfy in bed yet.
    Agree about the food...nothing I like better than my snacks, but find I'm not as hungry for them & it's too much trouble to get up & hobble after them.
    Agree crutches are a huge pain, exhausting to use & not real safe when you're on narcotics too, which is why I'm renting a knee scooter...big help & feel safer. Still have to use the crutches in tight spaces tho.
    Good luck w/ your recovery!

     
    Old 09-02-2013, 07:05 PM   #3
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    Re: Almost a week since bunion surgery

    Hey, Rommie!

    Good to know I am not alone in all this!! My one week follow-up appointment was this past Friday and my foot (according to my doc) looks great and is healing beautifully! The x-rays were pretty cool and my foot itself is nearly unrecognisable: so straight and no bunion! Yay! He said that I could start to put pressure on the foot again as long as my boot was on, though at that time it was hard for me to imagine doing that! I could barely move my ankle up and down!

    We went straight on vaycay after my appointment, and to my surprise, this weekend I've started putting pressure on my foot, and I can actually start to walk (in a funny, shuffling manner) with no crutches! Huzzah! I'm still on them most of the time just to be safe, but the doc thinks that at my 2 1/2 week mark, I'll be out of the boot and into a regular tennis shoe! Hard to believe since I thought this process was supposed to be longer and more painful!

    How are you doin? Starting the boot shuffle yet?!

     
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