Happy to report a small bit of progress - the pain from surgery seems to have tapered off and I’ve reduced the pain meds to almost nothing. I still get some odd sensations in my calf and ankle but nothing like the first three days. I’m glad to be off the stronger stuff (oxycodone/hydrocodone) because I feel sick when I’m on those.
I’m able to get through a half-day with my son without any assistance. My parents come over for a morning or afternoon spell to give me some time to rest. I’d like to work up to a full day at some point. Now that the pain is subsiding that feels possible.
The iWalk has been great…but I’m already sooooo tired of using crutches or the iWalk to get around. I stay in bed until the last possible moment each morning because the thought of getting the day started is so frustrating. I guess I’ll get used to that at some point. Another iWalk note: this thing is so creaky and squeaky after a week of use! That would be my only complaint to date.
My first follow-up appointment is set for 3/21. Not too far to go. It’ll be fun to see what the incision and stitches look like, and to feel like I’m slowly checking off some milestones.
My neighbor is a nurse at a nearby military hospital. She said they have 26 people in boots or casts like mine at the moment. ‘Tis the season for lower leg injuries, I guess. She’d never seen the iWalk before so maybe it can help a few of those folks out, too.