Set Back

I’m feeling down. My incision looks terrific and doesn’t feel tight and my foot actually feels terrific. When will the rest of my body catch up? Last week I went back to work and only worked 2 days. I was so tired and did not spend nearly enough time with the foot elevated. Being home just feels so safe. I do have to go back Monday, though I have a drs. appt. in the morning.

The latest is dealing with the rest of the body. At first there were some muscle aches and bruises from navigating the crutches and scooters, but over the past few days, I swear the rest of my body has felt achy and sad. My hands feel arthritic by the end of the day, which is totally new. And this tiredness— I’m wondering if it is from getting too much rest and being too stationary. Everything makes me so tired and I am feeling that the light I thought I saw at the end of the tunnel was just a train!

Relating to lulu….. folks are very sympathetic for about 2-3 weeks. After that the understanding wanes to those who have been there. Everyone else seems to grow impatient, "How much longer do you have to use that thing?" or "Shouldn’t you be walking by now?" or "How long until that’s better?" Also so weary of the comments when going out. I think I’m going to start making things up to entertain myself when someone asks"What did you doooooo?"

5 Responses to “Set Back”

  1. Hang in there! I’m headed into the 3rd week post-surgery and I feel some of the same things. I have new aches and pains, too - mainly my back right now. I’m fortunate in that I can take some breaks during the day to elevate my foot, but it seems like each time I get my leg in the right position, it puts strain on my back. Can’t win…

    I also think I’m entering the phase when other folks’ interest starts to wane. There’s a rush of concern up front and then life goes on and everyone has new things to worry about. I understand, but I also want some more attention because this sucks!

    In the end, though, I realize it could always be much worse. I’m fortunate that there’s a clear path to recovery, no surgery complications, etc. And it’s remarkable how creative we can be in the face of NWB orders from the docs. I can do most of what I need to, with a little extra work of course. It’s a testament to creativity and resilience.

  2. I don’t know about you Jen - but I haven’t slept well for the last 5 weeks and that makes me tired all day long. The boot affects my ability to sleep greatly. And just hanging out resting will reduce your stamina. It will take a while to get it back. As a soccer coach told me - slacking off on exercise for 1 week takes about 3 weeks to get back to where you were ….

  3. I’m 7 weeks post-op and started using a splint for sleeping instead of a boot a couple of days ago. I still experience pain/spasms once in a while, but overall I’ve been able to sleep better.

  4. You are so right. Is there anything you can put on your boot to make it less scratchy on your other leg? Assuming you have velcro on it of course. I hope you get some sleep tonight! You are back to work right? Going back tomorrow will be a relief I think.

  5. I feel your pain. I’m six weeks from surgery tomorrow and I can say I am always tired too. The more I am on my feet (work), the more tired I get. By the time I get home at night all I want to do is take the boot off and sit back in the recliner and rest. Unfortunately, work happens. I agree that people just don’t understand how grueling this process is. They think I should be able to do the things I could before the injury and I physically cannot. I was on my feet this past Saturday working without a break for 4 hours and by the end, I felt sick to my stomach (like when you workout in the gym too hard). I went home and took a 3 hour nap. I am so tired of being tired…..

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