Decided to visit the doc - 4 days post op

Call me weak - but I couldn’t bear the thought of going through the weekend with this discomfort.

The past two days, the majority of the pain subsided….so I am no longer taking pain meds (except one before bedtime).  But ever since the pain stopped, I began feeling intense pressure/heat/discomfort in my heel and the rest of the bottom of my foot.  It felt like my foot was in an oven….just constant heat and burning.  I thought that maybe my splint was on too tight and my foot wasn’t able to breathe and cool down.  It was enough discomfort to rob me of my last two nights of sleep.

So even though it felt exponentially better this morning, I decided to call the doc and have them look at it.  They had no problem squeezing me in (with a different doc, because mine was in surgery all day).  After cutting off the splint, they found nothing wrong….no irritation, no sores, nothing…..so they just put on a new splint (a little more loosely) and sent me on my way.  

Part of me feels stupid for going all the way to the doc for nothing and getting a new splint…..but part of me is also relieved that nothing was wrong.  I also got to see my stitches….and it’s a mad incision…i’ve seen a ton on these blogs, but it was different seeing it on my own leg.  I’m going to try to post a pic….but not exactly sure how to do that yet.

So 4 days post op, I’m feeling good….almost no pain, just can’t wait for next wednesday so that I can ditch this splint and get into the boot.

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4 Responses to “Decided to visit the doc - 4 days post op”


  1. 1 strohdecaire October 23, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Don’t feel stupid………I’m only 5 days post-op, so I may not have a lot of “experience” here, but with other injuries and medical issues, having questions or concerns warrants a trip to the Dr. Even if it just ended up being for the “piece of mind”……….I’m learning this is quite a life-altering injury and “playing it safe” especially this early in the game is certainly for the better. Speedy recoveries…which is kind of like “speedy delivery” (Mr. Rogers), just a bit different……:)

  2. 2 ultidad October 23, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    As one who encouraged you to call your doc, I emphatically say don’t feel stupid. The way I looked at it was that I’d feel really, really stupid if I sucked it up, convinced myself that it didn’t feel that bad, and then a week later found that I had pressure sores on my heel that required antibiotics and maybe surgery. There are situations where false alarms are a good thing, and this is unequivocally one of them!

  3. 3 smoley October 24, 2009 at 7:25 am

    Of course you shouldn’t feel bad. You had a unpleasant und unexplained problem and, sadly, you don’t have x-ray vision! So of course the only option was to go and get it checked out. Something was causing the discomfort, so it may have been that the cast was too tight, which is not good. Hope things are better now.
    Smoley

  4. 4 colonel1865 October 25, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    I’m about a day behind you on the surgery date….and I’m going thru the same thing. Thanks a million for posting, as I would have probably done the same thing. I’ve got my first appt. on Wednesday so I’m really looking forward to seeing where things progress from here. Keep your head up….here’s to a quick recovery.

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