1 Week post-op

Following the operation, I’ve now spent the first week pretty strictly laying down with the foot elevated. I haven’t had any pain, and stopped taking the painkillers a day after the operation, the only meds I’m on now are the clexane injections to prevent blood clots (since my first time on these looking for instructions from youtube-videos, I’ve now become adept at injecting myself). The only uncomfortable feeling has been when I’ve had the foot down for a few minutes, when I could feel the blood flowing to the foot and the surgery wound. I haven’t experienced any swelling, on the contrary the plaster cast is actually feeling really loose around my leg, which had me a bit worried about damaging something by moving my foot too much, but no worries there.

My planned recovery protocol outlined by the doctor is to get the cast and stitches removed next week (two weeks from the operation), at which point I should move to a boot and immediately start full weight bearing to the extent I can. Following that I’m supposed to get out of the boot at 6 weeks, between 6-12 weeks walking should be without a push off the ball of the foot, weeks 12-24 normal walking but no running, and after 24 weeks have no restrictions anymore. Obviously this is a very rough outline that will be worked on with the physio depending on real progress (I have my first appointment with the physio when the cast gets removed).

Other than that, this first week has made me realize how relatively lucky I am with some things with this injury. I have a great family that has been taking care of me, allowing me to not do much at all and focus on keeping the foot up and taking it easy. Also, I’m fortunate enough to have a job that I can to a large extent do from the bed with a laptop and my mobile, which has also been quite helpful in passing the time and making me feel useful rather than just becoming a couch potato. My employer has been great in offering any help I need, and understanding the situation, they’ve more been telling me to take it easy than anything else. Compared to some of the other stories I’ve read on the site, all-in-all I’ve so far had it pretty easy in the sense of being able to focus on the recovery and not worrying about anything else.

Well, that was my first three posts to start the blog, I will try to make sure I write something at least weekly as the recovery progresses, happy healing to everyone!

2 Comments so far

  1. herewegoagain on October 30th, 2014

    Sounds like you were in amazing hands for your surgery! I agree that one of the good things that comes from this nasty injury is an appreciation for the good things and people we have around us. Happy healing to you!

  2. herewegoagain on October 30th, 2014

    Sounds like you were in amazing hands for your surgery and have a great attitude! I agree that one of the good things that comes from this nasty injury is an appreciation for the good things and people we have around us. Happy healing to you!

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