Doing too much will come back to bite you BIG TIME!

March 1st, 2016

The past 4 days I was feeling SO good that I went shopping for 8 hours on Friday, 5 hours on Saturday.  Then went to church, which I do set up for, on Sunday and cleaned around the house.  Monday I was still feeling pretty good so I decided to clean some more, do some crafts, take a walk outside on our 4 acres and only use the 1 crutch and/or no crutches.  Mind you, I am STILL to be NWB and still have stitches in.  YEAH I KNOW!!! BAD GIRL!  BOY am I PAYING FOR IT TODAY!!!  Definately NOT ready to go without crutches or knee scooter and will NOT be doing any walking today.  UGH!  I am a stubborn girl and thought I could do it but learned my lesson.  For those of you just getting done with surgery - BEHAVE!!!  Pain isn’t too bad but definately KNOW that I shouldn’t have done what I did! Looks like my house will remain dirty a little bit longer!!! :(

Back from the Doctor - 1 Week Post Op

February 26th, 2016

Went to dr. this a.m. and he was HAPPY with everything! No infection, minimal bruising and swelling, and will remove stitches next week!!! YAY!!! For all of you just starting out - DO WHAT THE DOCTOR SAYS!!! Ice, elevate, rest and limit yourself to 10 minutes every 2 hours! All of this for 7 days!!! (Well, actually I lasted 4 days!) I went out for the day and have enjoyed myself - thanks to my 25 year old baby boy! Added bonus - got some Girl Scout Cookies to munch on next week and supplies to make some more Fairy Gardens! YAY ME!!! Tomorrow will be my 2nd shower day! PRAY it goes well!!!

Another Milestone Reached - a shower!

February 23rd, 2016

Day 4 and first day by myself went great. Fixed my own breakfast, coffee (put in a travel mug), lunch, worked on laptop, and with the help of my husband, took my first shower. THAT was a challenge! In preparation to surgery I installed a dual showerhead. One that has a handheld wand that has a pause button on the hand part. Got the water turned on and switched to handheld only, then paused it. My husband put a large, plastic step stool in our neo angle shower stall. Put on a boot cover over my boot. He helped lower me to the stool and was able to use wand to wet my hair, paused it, washed, rinsed then conditioned my hair. Soaped myself and rinsed off. My husband then helped lift me up and I used my knee scooter to balance while drying off. It felt WONDERFUL! I hadn’t read anything about preparing for surgery. Some of the things I have learned that make a HUGE difference- 1) toilet seat lift 2) knee scooter 3) water bottle 4) a little bag to put things in that hangs over the handle of the scooter ( I put my cell phone, remote controls, medicine, pen, paper, etc) These things have made my life SO much easier and I can be pretty independent during the day when the family is at work and school. BEST advise I can say off of here - KEEP YOUR FOOT ELEVATED!!! Day 4 and haven’t taken any pain meds except tylenol and anti inflammation meds. I am NOT a patient person but so far not too bad. I am hoping after doctor visit on Friday that I can go and enjoy dinner out. We’ll see. Biggest issue for me is keeping from wanting to get up all the time. I am not used to sitting around. But I have 2 graduations to plan and am working on invitations and stuff to feel that I am getting something accomplished. Sorry to ramble on but am glad for this site!

Exercise prior to surgery?

January 6th, 2016

I won’t be having surgery until late February.  I am overweight and have been dieting to loose some weight.  I do have a problem with my left knee but my foot surgery will be on my right foot.  I was wondering if anyone has tried knee or leg strenthening exercises on the non surgical leg prior to surgery?  If so, what did you do?  I can hardly walk on my bad foot so it has to be seated exercises.  Thanks!

Getting worried!

January 5th, 2016

I posted this last night but wasn’t sure if I needed to re do it.

Just scheduled my bone spur surgery for Feb. 19. Not sure about doing this. As a wedding planner and mom of 4 so far it doesn’t sound good (after reading some of these posts!). But can’t get around like I used to (I’m 52) and don’t want to keep walking like I’m 100. One question I have is that I have BAD reaction to general anesthia. I have asked my surgeon about having local for the procedure. He said that they can give me a spinal block and then do local. Has anyone on here ever had it done this way? I have had dental extractions, carpel tunnel surgery, etc with just local and have felt fine. Just get TOOOOOO sick on the general stuff. I think (and have been told) that I have a high pain tolerance so HOPING that is the case. Another question I have is that if I have the surgery on Feb. 19 we are planning a vacation over spring break (March 19) am I going to be able to get around at a theme park okay? I don’t necessarily want to get on rides but just the walking concerns me. Dr. said 2 weeks NWB then 4 weeks walking cast. Help!

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January 5th, 2016

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