twinkle toes

right foot

Hello everyone!  A very quick post to say foot op went well and I’m already on day 3 of the complete bed-rest phase.

Photo above is of the xray taken just after (different views of my right foot) so surgeon could check the little screws are where they should be.  Don’t know if you can see, but they are in the three middle toes.

From the outside my foot looks like this

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All bandaged up and still really swollen but, I am very pleased to say, I am experiencing very little pain.

The op was done on Friday, and the worst part was the anaesthetic.  I chose to have a local nerve block anaesthetic which wasn’t very pleasant while being done.  However, the advantage, once done, is that my leg went completely dead from the knee down.  I was given something to help me relax a little during the op.  Have to admit to having stage fright even if I knew I wasn’t going to feel pain.   In the end, the sounds of sawing/drilling etc were no worse than a visit to the dentist and the op only lasted about 40 minutes.

Surgeon’s instructions are for 3 days complete bed-rest, and 8 days of blood thinning injections.  I’ve got a pair of crutches which I needed for the first 2 days as right leg was still numb . . . but also have a pair of rigid support shoes, and have been managing to walk wearing those, without crutches.

Meds have been keeping pain and inflammation at bay but probably frazzling my brain slightly as I haven’t done much crafting at all.  I’ve been lying in bed, with crafting materials all around, watching DVDs and then dozing off.  I suppose that’s all part of the healing process and won’t do me any harm.

31 thoughts on “twinkle toes

  1. As I’ve already told you – I admire your willingness to hear all the goings on. Knock me out and wake me up when it’s all over would have been my instructions to the surgeon.
    Enjoy your last day of bed rest – lying in bed surrounded by crafting bits and pieces, half watching DVDs and dozing sounds like a fun way to spend a couple of days to me, especially if you have a willing manservant to supply you with drinks and snacks on demand 😉

    • it wasn’t so much a wanting to hear what was going on, more a bad memory of a general anaesthetic in the past and the most awful wake-up.

  2. I’m with Tialys. After eleven surgeries of different kinds and levels of complexity over the years, I’ll opt for total knock-out every time. I had a nerve block in my armpit when I had to have a finger joint reconstructed, and they had a hard time scraping me off the ceiling so they could do the op. Your system has just had a huge insult and your body is doing just as it should by making you doze off regularly. Go with the flow, enjoy the downtime, you’ll be up and at ’em before you know it. I get my dressings off day after tomorrow, and am looking forward to giving that knee a good scrub – it itches like crazy!

    • don’t worry, I’ve been resting 100%. Today I’m up but probably only for couple of hours. Foot is still very swollen (although not painful) so my “up-ness” will be limited for the first weeks.

      • I found it very helpful to have half a dozen gel packs in the door of the fridge, chilled, not frozen. When the knee became sore and swollen, I’d put one on and change it as often as required. By the time I’d used the last one, the first one was cold again! I hope your recovery will be as smooth and uneventful as mine 🙂

  3. You’re very courageous to be awake during surgery. Continue to take care and do as you’re told so that you can have a speedy recovery and in the meantime enjoy having some ‘down’ time.

    • I don’t know about courageous – I was told it was only a 45 minute op, and thought it a bit excessive to have general for such a short time.

  4. It sounds like things went very well, and you are recovering well. I hope the pain continues to decrease to nothing with no spikes when you start moving more. Sleep a bit more today and take it easy as you transition to the upright recovery stage! That’s when I would get impatient and overdue!

  5. I’m glad the operation went well and that you’re experiencing less pain than expected. Rest up! I hope the days to come bring just as good news!

    • will do. Husband is cooking lovely healthy meals and I’m now mobile enough to come downstairs and eat with him rather than having a tray brought to my room.

  6. I had the nerve block when I had my bunion done. It was definitely the worst bit of the whole process. Glad to hear you’re on the mend and don’t have much pain.

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