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Recovering from Foot Surgery -- 4 days post-op
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I donít 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 donít expect to be DOING much of anything except recovering for the next month or so. And I donít want to neglect you readers. So, if itís 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 wasnít a decision I came to lightly. Iíd been having pain for the past several years and it was getting progressively worse, due to arthritis. Though the doctor says, ďOne month in a boot and another month until youíre back to normal activities,Ē Iíve naturally read up on this and other sources say the recovery is more like three months to a year. My goal is, once Iím 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, Iím banking on it. Naturally, the other sources say there are no guarantees of the ideal outcome. So, weíll have to wait and see.<>
Today I am four days post-op. Each day, Iím 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. Iím sure that is in large part due to the pain medications Iím taking. But Iím 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. Iím optimistic I will make a full recovery and be back to the gym . . . soon.
Hereís 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. Iíll 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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