A new cast (after 5 days)

Well prior to my latest surgery, I hadn’t eaten or had anything to drink for 24 hours so I was dehydrated, etc.  When they weighed me at the hospital prior to the surgery I was 6 pounds under my normal. 

I had the surgery last Friday and was placed in a new cast for 11 days…currently on day 6.  As my body normalized after surgery the cast got very tight, I would wake up in the middle of the night wanting to go to the ER for them to just chop it off.  So after 2 days of this I decided I couldn’t take it anymore and called the doctors office. 

Unfortunately my doctor is out of town this week, but they got me in with another foot/ankle specialist who got me into a new cast as of yesterday afternoon.  It has been more comfortable thus far and I am being very careful to limit my food consumption and salt intake as to not swell.  And we are keeping the house very cool, the warmer I get the more I swell and sweat and all.

I got to see the area they had cut out and it had healed over nicely, the doctor said it was pretty much closed and I just needed to wait a few more days to get the stitches out and back into the boot.  In looking at my pictures (I had been taking daily photos of the incision to monitor progress) I was able to see the other spot he needed to cut out, it was just slightly red under the surface and apparantly there was another inside suture there working it’s way out and would have created the same type of blister. 

On the subject of taking photos, it has been a great help to me and my doctor.  I would firmly recommend doing this, I have an iPhone and the clarity is great and it is so simple.  Once I figure out how to post them I will put them all up.

4 Responses to “A new cast (after 5 days)”

  1. I had to get my cast cut while still in hospital the night after i got my operation, i feel your pain,it is unbarable.
    the plaster cast got cut down the fron at 1.30am and that was an instant relief then got reinforced with fibreglass the followin morning

  2. I feel your pain also. They had forced my foot so far down during the surgery and casted it that way that I was in so much pain for the first 4 days after surgery. The top of my foot throbbed. I couldn’t even touch my toes without screaming. I just took pain pills and put up with it until I went in 4 days later to get a new cast.

  3. Thanks for the support, I debated what to do…take the Percocets all day long or get the new cast, I figured a week on those meds is a long time (and I am at work during the day) so I opted for the new cast.

    It is also about 2-3 inches shorter than the last one so I can bend my leg and it doesn’t pinch the skin behind my knee.

    I had read about cast clausrophobia before, but once you have a cast that is super tight you totally begin to understand.

  4. Percocets are just nasty…..so glad you opted for the new cast especially if you have to function at work.

    take care and hang in there

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