I had a lapidus type bunionectomy performed on my left foot 9/4/08. They also corrected a hammertoe as well. It was done under a local anesthesia with a nerve block in the back of my thigh. At some point during the surgery, I began to stir and they ended up putting a tube down my throat and putting me out completely. I woke up with no recollection of any of it. I felt really good when I came home...kind of like when you come home from the dentist and your jaw is numb. I had no feeling in that foot or leg and I slept soundly that night. However, the next day the numbness wore off and the pain returned. It was excrutiating. I didn't think I would survive. The doctor called me to check on me and I told him that the Oxycodone was not working. They called in a prescription of Vicodin. Even though the Oxycodone is stronger than the Vicodin, I had better luck with the Vicodin. The second night was difficult to sleep. I took pain meds every 4 hours. I could tell the foot was swollen. On the next day, I got up to use the bathroom on crutches. As I made my way into the bathroom, I lost balance and instinctively put the foot down to break my fall. I screamed for 5 full minutes. I called the doctor and they had me come in 4 days later for x-rays. Luckily, no damage was done. Now I've been put into an aircast that is removeable. Its been 12 days since the surgery and I still have some pain but not like the first 2 days. I am still using my crutches as I've been instructed not to put any weight on my foot. I will be seeing my doctor in 3 more days hopefully to remove the stitches and pin from my second toe. The pin doesn't hurt but it bothers me that it is sticking out of the second toe. I have been following most of the instructions they've given me except the one about the aircast. I was told to wear it 24/7, but the thing is, it is heavy and when I am laying down or watching the TV on the sofa, I tend to take it off because it is heavy. Also, I have not been sleeping in it because it is heavy and uncomfortable. However, I do put it on anytime I get up to move around. Has anyone else been through this experience and do you think I am causing any damage by not wearing the cast all the time?