Week 2: another roller coaster

May 2nd, 2013

I am in the middle of week 2. Monday and the beginning of Tuesday were great. I had stopped taking the pain pills because the pain wasn’t bad at all and advil was doing the trick. Luckily my husband can work from home so I haven’t been alone much. My mom brought us dinner on monday and helped clean the house; she is a lifesaver!

Tuesday a good friend came over to hang out, it was nice seeing a friend. I miss being social. Like I said in an earlier post, I manage a beauty supply wholesaler and I’m really starting to miss all the interaction with my customers. But I am very happy to be receiving short term disability so I can take the time to recover and not worry about hurrying back to work.

Tuesday afternoon I had my doctors appointment to have my cast changed. I have never had a cast before so having it sawed off was scary! And boy was I amazed to see the amount of bruising on my ankle! No wonder it hurt so bad. The incision site to me looked disgusting but they said I was healing really well so far. Great news. The doctor told me he used the stitches that dissolve and that made me feel better because I was scared about how painful it would be to have them taken out.

However little did I know that the pain I was about to endure to have my new foot position changed was going to be so excruciating!!! He grabbed on to the front of my ankle and put his palm on the bottom of my foot and pushed. Holy hell did that hurt! I yelled some cuss words, oops. But then he let go and said the nurse would be in to put on a new cast with hopes of my foot being At a 90 degree angle. The previous cast my foot was pointed down so you can imagine that pain. She kept telling me to relax my leg while she pushed and then finally when I was able to, she told me to pull my toes back and I had to hold that position while she applied the cast. Ouch!!!

I did ask about a timeline for my recovery, he said 3 more hard casts, once a week. And 6 weeks post op I will be walking. I can do this! Right?

So I’m back on the pain pills. Today I might go back to alternating Advil and Tylenol. I hate the dizzy spaced out feeling that comes along with narcotics. But today (Thursday) I am feeling pretty good. I am going to attempt to start logging what I eat again, I can tell I have gained some weight in the last week and a half and I don’t want to have to go back to the beginning of my weight loss journey again. In about 10 months I had lost about 45-50 pounds and I am so scared to gain. I am starting to wonder if anyone loses after this surgery. I am going to try, that’s for sure!

Week 2- you are a roller coaster but I’m going to fight my way back to feeling great!


3 Responses to “Week 2: another roller coaster”

  1. kkirk on May 2, 2013 12:50 PM

    I think many of us have experienced the pain of adjusting the angle of the foot during the earlty weeks of recovery. There is also alot of talk of NSAIDs slowing down the healing process (not that I have seen any peer-reviewed data :)) Happy healing Dana.

  2. dana925 on May 2, 2013 6:24 PM

    It sucked! My doctors office is who told me to take them, and I also have a good friend that is a nurse and she said I won’t have any issues

  3. momto4peas on May 4, 2013 12:10 PM

    We are almost on the exact same schedule, except your surgery was more invasive than mine. I just had the debridement and luckily he didn’t need to detach and reattach the tendon. I am in a boot and start physical therapy this week. I am scared to move my foot at all. I can’t imagine the pain of the new positioning. Happy Healing!

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    I am a 25 year old woman, recovering from Achilles tendon surgery.