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The transition from Steeler Country to Cajun Country
Recovering from Foot Surgery -- 4 days post-op
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By Angie Dilmore
In June 2007, Angie Kay Dilmore and her family moved from their hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa. to Lake Charles, La. The transition from Steeler Country to Cajun Country has been an ongoing adventure. Follow this freelance writer as she finds her way in ...
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In June 2007, Angie Kay Dilmore and her family moved from their hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa. to Lake Charles, La. The transition from Steeler Country to Cajun Country has been an ongoing adventure. Follow this freelance writer as she finds her way in a new state, a new town. The adjustment is an ongoing adventure.
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I don’t normally write about personal things. That would be rather boring. I prefer to write about places I go and things I experience and want to share with you. Well, I had foot surgery last week, and I don’t expect to be DOING much of anything except recovering for the next month or so. And I don’t want to neglect you readers. So, if it’s okay with you, I will share the ups and downs of my recovery from a left first metatarso-phalangeal (aka my big toe) joint fusion.<>



It wasn’t a decision I came to lightly. I’d been having pain for the past several years and it was getting progressively worse, due to arthritis. Though the doctor says, “One month in a boot and another month until you’re back to normal activities,” I’ve naturally read up on this and other sources say the recovery is more like three months to a year. My goal is, once I’m recovered, however long that takes, I will be pain free, and hopefully, for the rest of my life. The doctor, of course, says, yes, this will happen. I want to believe him; indeed, I’m banking on it. Naturally, the other sources say there are no guarantees of the ideal outcome. So, we’ll have to wait and see.<>

Today I am four days post-op. Each day, I’m seeing a little bit of progress. I have to be patient, as I know this will be a long slow recovery. (And I am not good at sitting and doing nothing!) The pain has actually been less than I expected. I’m sure that is in large part due to the pain medications I’m taking. But I’m taking less meds each day. The first two days, I barely got out of bed, only to use the bathroom. Today, I ventured out to the kitchen and outside to the back porch for some fresh air. The doctor did not think I would need crutches, said I should just walk in the boot, but I am using crutches anyway, because I can't imagine putting pressure on my foot yet. Just thinking about that hurts. And truth, one of the other sources I read says patients having this surgery should stay off the foot and use crutches for a couple weeks! So I feel justified. I’m optimistic I will make a full recovery and be back to the gym . . . soon.
Here’s my before picture.
 
 
And after (thus far). Beneath this behemoth boot, my foot is encased in a tightly-wrapped ace bandage. Beneath that, I have no idea what it looks like. I have stitches, but I have no idea how many. I’ll find out Monday when I go to the doctor for the first dressing change.<>


 
Readers, have any of you had experience with this surgery, or arthritis in a big toe joint. Tell me your story.<>

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