3 week mark!

I’m back! It has officially been three weeks since my operation on 10/23/15. Since my last post I have reached a couple of milestones. Also, next week (week 4) I will start my physical therapy. I return to the doctor December 2, 2015 and I should be cleared to start wearing sneakers and no longer have to be in the boot. I tried on a size 9.5 Nike the other day and it fit. However, I am usually a size 8.5 in sneakers so I still have quite a bit of swelling. The doctor gave me a compression sock to start wearing now to help with the swelling. I think it is helping a little bit, but I also still ice and keep y foot elevate for the majority of the day. My stiches are out, and all bandages are off. This is my first major operation so I was worried about getting the stiches out, but it wasn’t bad it all. I felt the tugging and when the nurse slid them out, but no major pain. I cleared to return to work next week. I am in graduate school and will be interning in consulting so most of the day I will be sitting. Lastly, I have started to take showers again! Let me tell you…I am not about that bath life so I am so trilled to be able to shower again. I have been taking it easy though, and not letting a little soap run over just warm water. I will be back to update after my first full week of work, and about my first physical therapy appointment.

This is the first day in the compression sock on a Monday.
This is the first day in the compression sock on a Monday.
This is five days in the compression sock on a Friday. I think the swelling is going down! Yay!
This is five days in the compression sock on a Friday. I think the swelling is going down! Yay!

Day 6: Am I over the hump yet?

I guess I’m a special case, because my pain started to happen on day 5…as I was weening myself off of pain meds. The pain is a combination of pressure, and tingling. It feels like someone is squeezing my toes really hard. The odd thing is my big toe doesn’t hurt its the other toes that are screaming for mercy. I do see the light at the end of the tunnel and the pain is not as consistent as it was but more sporadic. In other news, I had my first post op appointment yesterday, and things seem to be healing according to schedule. Next week I return to get my stiches out. The doctor also gave me some exercises to start gaining the flexibility back in my toe.

This was my bunion before surgery.
This was my bunion before surgery.
This my toes after bunion removal. I think it's a great improvement and will be even better after swelling subsides.
This my toe after bunion removal. I think it’s a great improvement and will be even better after swelling subsides.

3 days post op

Hello all,

It is Monday October 26th and I am three days post operation. I must say it hasn’t been a bad experience at all thus far. I am able to heel walk to the bathroom and back with minimal pain. I have my first post op doctor visit on Wednesday (28th) so I have not been over doing it until then. A lot of stories I read online said they often did too much because they felt good but regretted it later. Although, I feel up to walking around the house more I am going to strictly follow the doctors orders. I will be off of work for three weeks. The first two days after the operation I took my medicine (hydrocodone 7.5, 325) around the clock every four hours and  I would take a Motrin in between times and I experiences no pain. Now, I take the pain meds once every 6 hours. The feeling is back in my foot and my big toe feels stiff and a little achy. One a scale from 1-10 I would say pain is a 1.5.  I am looking forward to my first post op appointment to get new bandages and to see how it its healing.

-Sara

Day of Surgery: Friday October 23rd, 2015

I am the biggest wimp when it comes to pain so I was a ball of nerves the day of surgery. I had my surgery done by a Podiatrist so my surgery was done at an outpatient surgical center. My surgery was scheduled for 11:30am and I had to arrive an hour early. I had an Austin Bunionectomy, and one screw.

Left Bunion
Left Bunion

Pre-op:

First, they took a urine sample. Next they gave me a paper gown to put on over my  clothes and paper shoes. The nurse took my blood pressure, and started my IV in my hard. I must say the IV was the most painful part. Once, my IV was in they gave me a warm blanket to wait while the doctor and anesthesiologist arrived. When the doctor arrived he quickly went over the operation again, and asked if I had any questions. The anesthesiologist arrived and answered any more questions I had. I was having local anesthesia so I had questions about hearing or feeling anything…which I did not by the way. Once all of the questions were answered, I said bye to my mom and they rolled me away to the operating room but first stopped to get me another warm blanket to make sure I would be as comfortable as possible in the operating room.

During the operation:

When I was finally put on the operating table they asked me again what operation I was having and I told them “bunion surgery on my left foot.” After that, they began the administering the anesthetic and I was out in a matter of minutes. That’s all folks. That’s all I remember from the operating room. When I woke up I was back in the recovery room with my mom.

After the operation:

I was given some animal crackers and a ginger ale, and shortly after I was wheeled to the car to go home.

Bandaged and ready to go home.
Bandaged and ready to go home.

Introduction

Hello World!

This is my very first blog post to chronicle my road to recovery! On October 23rd, 2015 I had a Austin Bunionectomy on my left foot.

I am 24 years old, and I have bunions…on both feet. I have had them since middle school and they are genetic. However, my college days probably did not help the situation any, and they have over the years gotten worse. My left foot is significantly worse than my left so I chose to tackle that one first.

I am writing this blog for several reasons:

  1. To encourage other young women who may be contemplating the surgery and what to expect. I will be sharing all of the information I wish I knew before my first operation.
  2. I plan to have my right foot done in a year or so after the left one heals so I want to be able to look back at all I’ve learned.
  3.  To offer a more positive experience about the surgery. There are tons of horror stories on the web about bunion surgery scaring every one including me.

I welcome you all along this journey with me to healthy, and happy feet.

-Sara