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Hi there--

I have posted in the past, but wanted to post today, on the BIG DAY, for any future patients.

The surgery went well and lasted 1 1/2 hours on the nose. Now (as everyone has posted here), it is all about icing and elevating. Previous patients and my surgeon told me that I would be able to walk out of hospital, but I didn't believe it and thought I'd have to use a wheelchair and then be carried up my stairs to my apartment. No need for that! The hospital gave me a wheelchair to leave the building and then I sat in the back of the car (with legs up) and then backed myself up my stairs with my arms. I was then able to walk with boots to the apt. I've been in bed all day feeling fine and alert, no pain. I am able to walk to and from bathroom fine. The boots are heavy and clunky, but I am already used to them. My parents are here and helping with, well, ....everything, pretty much. It is definitely important to have help at home.

I was injected with morphine in both feet, which still has not worn off. I am totally numb. Once that starts to wear off I am supposed to take vicodin. I plan to stay on top of the pain and ice regularly (20 minutes every hour).

If anyone needs a podiatric surgeon in the Bay Area, I have a great referral. Of course there are no real results yet, but so far I am very pleased with his knowledge and bedside manner.

I will continue to post. If anyone has any words of wisdom for the first week of recovery, fire away!

MMA
Hi! I had a bilateral bunionectomy on Thursday, Jan 17th. I can't believe how smooth everything went. I did not feel any pain the first day. I was able to walk with a walker to the bathroom in the hospital just shortly after recovery. This was on my heels. I was also able to get in the car fine. I got home and took Vicodin. I have been taking Vicodin every 4 hours for pain and all was going well. The first day I did not have a walker. My husband carried me to the bathroom but after that I got there on my hands and knees. The next day I got the walker and have been able to get around a little. I have mostly spent the day with my feet up and iced, taking Vicodin every 4 hours. I take 2 each time and things were going well until now. It is the end of the next day and now I am starting to feel some pain although it is light. I used a wrist watch that has a timer, it goes off every 4 hours so I stay on target throughout the night. I didn't sleep at all last night. I was just not comfortable. Hopefully I will do better tonight.;)
Hi Margarita! What timing! We can help each other through recovery. The third day has definitely been the worst for me. I had surgery on Wed and all day today (Fri) I felt like the Vicodin wasn't helping at all. The dr said I could take Aleve in addition to Vicodin and I think that has helped a bit. Yesterday I had no trouble walking with a walker to the bathroom, but today my left foot hurt A LOT any time it was lowered, even just sitting regularly. I had both feet done, but the left was in worse shape, so maybe the surgery was more serious on that foot.

Another unpleasant experience was that I fainted last night on the way to the bathroom. Luckily my parents were awake and my Mom caught me. I didn't fall hard or damage my feet, but it was unpleasant nonetheless. I think it was a combination of the Vicodin, low blood sugar (usually a problem for me), not having enough protein for dinner, and feeling the pain for the first time.

The dr said I could sleep without the boots tonight (if I wanted to), but I am not psychologically ready for that. I'd be scared to move my toes too much during the night. Plus, if I have to get up in the middle of the night, I'd rather have them on already.

Stay positive and Happy Healing!
Hi! It's nice to be able to talk with someone in the same boat. It is now day 4. I am running out of Vicodin and it is making me nervous. I switched to 1 vicodin every four and 1/2 hours when I saw my supply was getting low. It seems to be working just fine. Now I only have 3 left!! Yikes! I am so scared of feeling the pain. I am not sure what the game plan is. This is wierd for me because I ususally will suffer through a headache rather than pop a pill. Are you feeling pain yet, or are you still taking pain meds?
[QUOTE=sevillana;3398833]Hi Margarita! What timing! We can help each other through recovery. The third day has definitely been the worst for me. I had surgery on Wed and all day today (Fri) I felt like the Vicodin wasn't helping at all. The dr said I could take Aleve in addition to Vicodin and I think that has helped a bit. Yesterday I had no trouble walking with a walker to the bathroom, but today my left foot hurt A LOT any time it was lowered, even just sitting regularly. I had both feet done, but the left was in worse shape, so maybe the surgery was more serious on that foot.

Another unpleasant experience was that I fainted last night on the way to the bathroom. Luckily my parents were awake and my Mom caught me. I didn't fall hard or damage my feet, but it was unpleasant nonetheless. I think it was a combination of the Vicodin, low blood sugar (usually a problem for me), not having enough protein for dinner, and feeling the pain for the first time.

The dr said I could sleep without the boots tonight (if I wanted to), but I am not psychologically ready for that. I'd be scared to move my toes too much during the night. Plus, if I have to get up in the middle of the night, I'd rather have them on already.

Stay positive and Happy Healing!
Hi! It's nice to be able to talk with someone in the same boat. It is now day 4. I am running out of Vicodin and it is making me nervous. I switched to 1 vicodin every four and 1/2 hours when I saw my supply was getting low. It seems to be working just fine. Now I only have 3 left!! Yikes! I am so scared of feeling the pain. I am not sure what the game plan is. This is wierd for me because I ususally will suffer through a headache rather than pop a pill. So how long are we supposed to take Vicodin? Were you taking one or two vicodin?

I am going stir crazy! Today I didn't even make it downstairs. I spent the entire day up here in my bedroom, checking emails, reading, watching tv, and writing in my journal. How was your day?
I stopped taking Vicodin altogether at Day 5. I am now taking Aleve only. I actually think the Aleve is helping me more because of its anti-inflammatory effect. Vicodin was working, but also making me moody and really drowsy. It definitely helped me sleep through the night, but that's about it. HAve you tried another kind of pain med, like Aleve? It's probably a good idea to taper off the Vicodin since it is strong stuff. Don't be afraid to try it. You can always have the pill there as back-up. But you should know that I have been fine without any Vicodin for 2 entire days now.

I had my first post-op visit with the dr today and he removed the bandages. My feet look a bit swollen and yellow from the iodine, but they look good and straight!! He has allowed me to take a shower!! I am OK to be totally weight-bearing in the shower as long as I wear these special boots. THe boots are for support more than anything. He saw my bare feet today and said that I am allowed to get the feet wet since the stitches are healed and there is no infection.

I am also going stir crazy. It was exciting to venture out of the apt today to go to the dr appt. My entire body aches from being in bed all the time. I am not used to being so immobile and helpless. It is difficult, but I can tell that every day has been getting better. Just be patient and know that it will get better and easier. And as silly as it sounds, I think it helps to envision yourself in cute sandals this fall! ;-)

Keep in touch and let me know how you are!
M
[QUOTE=sevillana;3405069]I stopped taking Vicodin altogether at Day 5. I am now taking Aleve only. I actually think the Aleve is helping me more because of its anti-inflammatory effect. Vicodin was working, but also making me moody and really drowsy. It definitely helped me sleep through the night, but that's about it. HAve you tried another kind of pain med, like Aleve? It's probably a good idea to taper off the Vicodin since it is strong stuff. Don't be afraid to try it. You can always have the pill there as back-up. But you should know that I have been fine without any Vicodin for 2 entire days now.

I had my first post-op visit with the dr today and he removed the bandages. My feet look a bit swollen and yellow from the iodine, but they look good and straight!! He has allowed me to take a shower!! I am OK to be totally weight-bearing in the shower as long as I wear these special boots. THe boots are for support more than anything. He saw my bare feet today and said that I am allowed to get the feet wet since the stitches are healed and there is no infection.

I am also going stir crazy. It was exciting to venture out of the apt today to go to the dr appt. My entire body aches from being in bed all the time. I am not used to being so immobile and helpless. It is difficult, but I can tell that every day has been getting better. Just be patient and know that it will get better and easier. And as silly as it sounds, I think it helps to envision yourself in cute sandals this fall! ;-)

Keep in touch and let me know how you are!
M
Hello! I'm back. It's been two weeks now since my bilateral bunionectomy! I am going nuts! It is so hard to stay put!! I have had pain mostly at night lately. It is a wierd feeling, almost like my feet are burning. I had to go back to the Viodin. I now take one a night before bedtime if my feet hurt. I spent one sleepless night in pain and gave in. During the day I take Ibuprophen (2-3) if they hurt. Sometimes I get up and I feel no pain other times if feels like the stitches are rubbing. I get them out tommorrow. I hope it doesn't hurt. I am such a baby, my doctor told me to take a Vicodin before I come in to take the stitches out. You are going to laugh when I tell you what else I have been up to. One week ago I got braces. The first week I was unable to chew anything. The inside of my mouth was getting a beating. I was so miserable. I felt like a freak from extreme makeover on the orthodontist chair. Today I had two crowns replaces. I don't know whether to laugh or cry sometimes. I have been so restless!!

How are you doing? You are a day a head of me so I want to know what happens next. Take care of yourself!