1 Week Post-Op and the Onset of Boredom!

Posted on October 5, 2010.

I am officially 1 week post-op today and a little over 2 weeks since the injury. Most of last week is a blur - yeah for pain meds (insert sarcasm) - I started to wean myself off of them over the weekend and now only take one (except for the occasional Advil) when I go to bed - something about being elevated while I sleep is extremely uncomfortable. I am hoping to wean off those this week so by this weekend I can enjoy a glass of wine :) I haven’t had one in three weeks (which is def. the longest spurt I’ve had in a looooong while) - needless to say I’m pretty excited :)

My pain level is good - I went from fairly painful in the beginning to not much now. I can feel some stinging at the back of my ankle sometimes and other pain that I associate with being in the same position too long. Ice is still my friend and will continue to be. Don’t seem to notice too much swelling, which I think is a good thing. My knee is really starting to bother me, so I will be asking my doc about that when I see him next week.

Otherwise, I’m bored. Working from home, which is working out better then expected, but still bored. I try to move locations during the day when I have someone available to move the pillows, computer, cell-phone, water bottle, etc. that seem to follow me :) Like most people on this site, I am/was fairly active and sitting around is driving me crazy — although its giving me lots of time to plot all the things I want to do once I’m able to be active again :)

p.s. not sure if it shows up on everyone’s homepage, but there is something not right about seeing a Saks add for really high heels on a site about ankle injuries :)

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Using wheeled chairs, and padded footstools to kneel on? That was the only way I could brush my teeth without rushing it — without doing it “while standing on one foot”, so to speak!!

Theories on how best to elevate vary a lot. I just used footstools (with extra padding) and big pillows and bolsters in bed, on my back and sides. Others love elevating prone (face down), because you can do it without putting much weight on the cast or boot or incision or injury.

And some find that they have to elevate way up, leg over heart, while many of us elevated somewhat less high, though quite often.

One thing for sure: it helps to be creative in finding ways to make your home and chairs and pillows and pipe-wrap (to pad the crutches), etc., etc.

normofthenorth
October 5, 2010

To make all those things WORK FOR YOU, I meant! (If you can let us edit our comments, you’ll get “cleaner” comments!)

normofthenorth
October 5, 2010

Thanks! I hadn’t thought about trying to elevate prone - that is normally how I sleep so I think I’ll try it today :)

Also, how do I allow people to edit comments? That wasn’t an option under settings… hmm…

csmva
October 6, 2010

The boredom gets much better once you get into a walking cast (which is essentially a high heel without the option to ‘close’ the ankle joint)

Make sure to elevate and ice: rather boring, but will pay off later

And I recommend a knee scooter of some sort

Good luck!

bradannarbor
October 6, 2010

I don’t know (or remember) the answer to your question about editing comments, csmva. I’m sure Dennis does. My first guess is that some “themes” (like blog “skins” — you’re using “fadtastic”) permit it by default and others don’t. I don’t know if it can be user-changed within a theme or not.

normofthenorth
October 7, 2010

Another creative way to elevate is with your leg(s) leaning up against a wall, e.g., while you’re lying backwards on your bed, either prone or supine. Sharpen your eyes, and look around for opportunities, and you’ll probably find some new ones!

normofthenorth
October 7, 2010

I’m glad you said something about heels…What’s the future? Will we be wearing any heels at all? Do I need to Ebay my Manolos?

northrancher
October 18, 2010

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