Day 4 post surgery

September 24, 2010

To quote: this killing time is killing me. I need to quickly figure out some sort of change of (no) pace. I’m planning to go back to work for a few hours a day next week so that should help. I don’t know what others have experienced but laying around and keeping the foot elevated 95% of the time for 4 days has quickly gotten very old. I don’t have any good advice - reading, tv, napping, email, web surfing is essentially all I have been willing to do. Also, thinking a bath could help.

The splint is already irritating - hot, tight, bothersome. Other than that and the toll just doing nothing is taking on the body, physically feeling ok.

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  • 1. normofthenorth  |  September 25th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Drew, you’re “paying” the main “cost” of successful surgery. I vaguely remember nearly a week of moaning and groaning and being waited on, 8.5 yrs ago, when I had my first ATR repaired surgically. I enjoyed that first week way more this time, my 2nd ATR, no surgery, moving around freely (and fast!) on crutches and sitting and kneeling on wheeled chairs, etc., holding a boot up in the air.

    It’s part of the surgical deal, it will pass, and fairly soon. It sounds like you’ve already tried most or all of the tricks. Using them IS the good advice, it just doesn’t completely eliminate the nuisance or boredom.

    Hang in and keep healing! The tunnel’s a nuisance, but there is light at the end. Are you supposed to stay in the same splint for the whole 3 weeks until the VacoCast?

  • 2. drewt  |  September 25th, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Thanks. Trying to stay positive. I think I’m in this splint for 3 weeks…I don’t have my first follow-up till then. I think I may call one day this upcoming week and see if I can come in to get the dressing changed and a few minutes of “air time”.

  • 3. Larrylove  |  September 26th, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Hey drewt,
    Coming from a 2 timer as well you have to stay positive. You have to surround yourself with a good support system. People to help cook, clean, drive, and just hang out with. This was vital for me to stay sane. I went back to work after a month of rotting on the couch. I watched everything there was on TV, I would see it in the morining and even when the played the re-run in the evening……Hopefully you have cable. At this point you sort of have to accept just chilln. This period is a big part of your healing process. As bad as it sucks, you need this time.
    Stay strong and go easy on the pain meds….

  • 4. drewt  |  September 27th, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Thanks Larry. Hanging in there. Headedvto work for a few hours today so we’ll see how that goes.

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