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Turning Potential Negatives Into Positives

Thursday, April 19, 2012

After years of foot discomfort AND never having shoes fit properly (bunions), last fall I worked bilateral foot surgery into my spring 2012 plan AND my cafeteria plan for 2012. I probably never would have done this without TOTALLY knowing how good my doctor is and the fact that they no longer break or shave your bones. They now realize that shaving the bone off does nothing but weaken your metatarsal bones.

The end result - FOUR days flat on my back only getting up for the bathroom, double post-op walking shoes (with rigid, flat bottoms) for 3-1/2 weeks, tennis shoes for 3 weeks and NO lower body exercise/cardio for about a month. Let me tell you, these shoes, black in color, to make my feet look slimmer, I'm sure, are horrific. I walk like Frankenstein!!

I will be honest - the spring we're having this year is stunning and it's been killing me that I can't get out to walk or hike. For 3-1/2 weeks, the ONLY thing I can do is upper body/core strength training and even my core is limited. Nothing that will put pressure on the bottom of my feet.

Over the past few days, I've really been struggling. I'm a very active person, constantly on the go and it's been making me nuts. I tried thinking about people who cannot walk at all. Didn't change my frustration. I tried to focus on what I COULD do instead of what I could NOT do. Still frustrated. I've had to think really hard to find the positives in this because it was really getting to me, but in the end, I came up with quite a few:

-I will eventually be able to play tennis again. I quit tennis 2-3 years ago because it's VERY hard on your feet with all of the stopping, starting and twisting and I would come home hurting
-I will be able to find shoes that fit properly
-I will have no daily discomfort from wearing shoes that are too tight
-For the first time in my life, I'm looking forward to shoe shopping
-This will last me for a lifetime, so I will go into old age with happy feet

In the end, as much as I have always despised these feet of mine, they have carried me through for many years and many miles. I truly appreciate them now in a way that was never the case before.

So I get these post-op walking shoes off in 13 days, but who's counting? I'm sure wearing tennis shoes for three weeks but not being able to do any distance walking will also be hard on me, but I'll try to focus on being able to dump the lovely black Frankenstein shoes.

I wanted to do a rare blog about this so I will ALWAYS remember to appreciate these feet in the future!
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    I love how honest you are about it. I try and look at the positives in everything as well - it's an awesome way to be - but sometimes it's just hard to do no matter how you look at it. I'm glad you found something that worked for you in how you view what's happening.

    I hurt my ankles and knees from running (and I think wearing high heels when I wasn't running) a few weeks back. It's gotten better but the thought of not exercising for a few weeks sent me into a tizzy. I totally now how hard that is when you've gotten used to getting moving. I'm glad you must be back on your feet by now!
    3175 days ago
  • EOSTAR_45
    Sorry, missed your blog. Been MIA and absent from spark. Night shift etc.

    I do agree, finding something positive--though not always easy--does make a difference. So anyway, this was a month and a half ago--how are your feet feeling and how are you feeling?
    3196 days ago
  • K-PO110
    Stephanie, I did not know the specifics of your foot surgery before, after reading this it affirms the respect I have for your spirit and strength. You are so balanced and clear minded, I always feel good after reading your posts.
    3204 days ago
    Reminds me of making my decision to have a bladder sling operation. I didn't think that the recovery would ever end. But it did! And WOW am I glad that I had my bionic upgrade!

    Happy Countdown!!!
    3239 days ago
  • TEE803
    That's right! Focus on the positive! AND there's a light at the end of your tunnel...this reminds me a little bit of something someone once told me...I HATE my legs...I have no ankles and refer to my legs as "tree trunks"...doesn't matter how much weight I lose! But my friend's mom used to tell me (she had shogrens disease which caused severe pain in her legs and she could barely walk) "Tracy, I've had beautiful legs my whole life, and now I can't even use them...appreciate the fact that God gave you legs that work!"

    Your feet will be working great in no time! And like you said, you'll appreciate every moment!

    Good luck and may your count down go quick and speedy:-)

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    3239 days ago
    I had the bunion on my right foot removed eight weeks ago. There are times when I wonder what the heck I've done to myself, but I keep referring back to the before and after xrays and reminding myself that I could barely walk before the surgery because it had become so painful. I think the recovery is going to be longer than I expected and feel even longer than that, but I'm getting there. This is my first week of being completely off the crutches but I did start wearing real shoes again last week. I want to throw the medical shoe off a cliff so I feel your pain there. I have found that riding my bike is the only activity that doesn't seem to affect my foot. Good luck with your recovery! I feel so lucky that I only had to have one foot done.
    3239 days ago
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