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A bit of a shock!

Friday, March 24, 2017

I went to my pre-op/consent appointment for my foot surgery yesterday. I learned exactly what they are going to do and what decompression means. They are going to shave off the two bone spurs - this I knew. Then they are going to break my big toe, align it properly, and put two screws in it to hold it in place. This is what they do to decompress the joint. It was a bit of a shock to me as I had it in my head that they were just going to pop it into place or something like that! This doesn't change my mind one little bit because he said the magic words: "Once it heals up, you won't be in pain anymore!" That was the only thing that I hadn't been expecting from the appointment.

Total time from operation to total healing will be approximately six months. I can begin chair exercises as soon as the stitches are out assuming that the swelling is down and the pain is manageable. I will be given some stretching exercise for the foot at that point a well. I can start "weaning" myself from the boot at six weeks and should be able to be completely out of it by eight weeks. I had assumed that I would be totally healed at eight weeks but that was before I knew that a bone would be broken. Given that, six months seems like a short enough amount of time.

I will have to take "spit baths" until the stitches come out at two weeks due to the fact that I can't get the stitches and bandages wet. They have a plastic protector that I could get so I could shower but big as I am and the way I must balance to reach everywhere, I would slip in the tub given the soapy water mixed with the plastic. I am going to get some dry shampoo so that I can keep my hair clean as well. All in all I think that the not taking a shower is going to be the worst part of this whole thing!

I'm not downplaying the pain I'm going to be in after surgery but I have pain medicine to help with that and when it's all said and done, I will be free of the pain I've been experiencing for the last three years and the extreme pain I've been in the last three months! To me, it's a fair trade off. Hurt worse for a short amount of time to be out of pain for the next fifteen to twenty years!

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    Could you have a chair in your shower? Good luck emoticon It does sound a long recovery, but it will be great when you are back on your feet and mobile again.
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    1500 days ago
    A painful journey does not sound like fun..... but as you said..... that end result of no pain makes it all worthwhile! There are some great chair exercises and once the incisions heal, you may be able to get in a pool and do some swimming. I wish you the best with your surgery and for healthy healing!
    1506 days ago
  • PUGLOVER1999
    I LOVE your attitude! Nothing is going to keep you down!

    I have been gone so long ... I'm embarrassed to ask ... but, when was/is your foot surgery?

    I hate that you have to go through the pain, but love your attitude of looking forward to NO PAIN! It will have been worth it after it is all over!

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    1507 days ago
    Sorry I missed this blog Jeanne ..... You are definitely mentally preparing for the surgery and post-op period and not going to be surprised since they fully explained the procedure. ........ After, there are lots of chair exercises offered by our Sparks tv ...... (I used to do them routinely when I had excruciating plantar fasciitis)... so I was super happy to have a variety ..... (I am also brain-storming some ideas about real shampoos still staying seated) ...I used dry shampoo when I was hospitalized for a ruptured appendix ... and let me tell you, it is not pleasant ..........so what about this? ..........you stay seated, but maybe your DH can help put something together ......... something like a large bowl on a table or desk ...... (whatever works) and you lean your head forward to get a 'real' shampoo and just like my Grandmothers time ....... one uses a pitcher to rinse enough times to get all the suds out. ... Just a thought to ponder. Best wishes ....Jan
    1507 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    good luck! I hope it all goes well. Not showering is really a tough part of this for sure. I hope you find a creative way to shower without getting your foot wet or slipping. Maybe a bench that they make special for bathrooms would help.
    1508 days ago
    Thinking of you! Hoping it all goes smoothly and you have a faster recovery than expected! Sounds like you have the right attitude! Please keep us posted!

    Sponge baths will be good. I have a friend who swears by dry shampoo. If you get sick of dry shampoo and can't take it any longer, are you able to get yourself to a hairdresser for a haircut and wash?

    1509 days ago
  • KAREN608
    At least you can see an end to your pain, although it'll be months. Maybe you can wash your hair in the sink? sponge baths were the norm in 1800 and 1900s. Only got one bath at end of week, due to hauling water and heating it. Let us know how the dry shampoo works. I've got a terrible cold and slept of of today, I could not stay up like other days. Rest is best.
    1509 days ago
  • no profile photo CD17462428
    With your attitude and planning I'm certain that all will go well with the surgery and recovery!

    1510 days ago
    Oh my, I'm sure that was a shock, indeed. However, you're right - it's definitely going to be worth it to get out of pain for good! Wishing you all the best!!
    1510 days ago
    Yikes! I had no idea they would put screws in your toe. If it makes you feel better I still have two screws in my ankle and a metal plate in my leg and I don't even realize they are there anymore. The good news is you won't be in pain anymore and that is outstanding! emoticon
    1510 days ago
    Hi Jeanne,

    Wow!!!!!!!! what great news!

    and what a blessing.

    Good luck with your surgery!


    1510 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Although, this does not sound like an easy surgery to recover, it will be good when you are healed. I am so sorry that you have to go through this. Saying a prayer for you. emoticon
    1510 days ago
    It will be great to be out of pain.
    1510 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10676776
    emoticon emoticon emoticon Long recovery but don't try to rush it. Had surgery to remove bunions on both feet, and survived the pain. Did all the necessary therapy and years later all is well. Hang in there! emoticon
    1510 days ago
    Great news!!! You'll be out of pain. That's what is important. Before I had my total knee I had 24/7 excruciating pain. I was afraid to take the pain meds because I was also working at the time and I sure didn't want to be drugged up while working.

    I'll add you to our prayer list at church too! I love your outlook. Way to go!!



    1510 days ago
    You can get a hose attachment for the sink to wash your hair they are fairly cheap and worth it for the lovely clean feeling. Don't talk to someone with it in your hand though or the bathroom becomes a shower !!!!
    1510 days ago
    Good news is the meds you are now taking may keep your hands steady enough to color during your recovery down time. You can also work on upper body strength. Maybe even get a call in to a friend or two so you can play catch-up =}

    Knowing your going to be in that situation allows you to positively prepare for it vs being put there unexpectedly and trying to figure things out from there. Its all a matter of perspective and you seem to have it under control.

    You got this, girlfriend! As always you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    1510 days ago
    Just remember that our journey is one day at a time. Get through each day and remember before you know it 6 months will be over and you will be up and going full steam ahead.
    1510 days ago
    I've had a ton of surgeries....time will go by quickly. You an wash your hair in the sink too.
    1510 days ago
  • KURTZIE1998
    You can do this, when I had my bunion on left foot removed the 2nd time they cut bone because toe bone too long, did something with 2nd toe and all is good today. So don't worry once it is over and healing complete you will be able to do so much. emoticon
    1510 days ago
    You will make it through this! Remember, you are in a village now! We care for one another! emoticon
    1510 days ago
    And in a year you will say "What surgery?" as you skip down the street.
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    1510 days ago
    I hope those first two weeks go smoothly, and as you say, let's hope not being able to take a shower is the worst part. Be sure to take any meds they give you to help with the pain. And visualize how wonderful you will feel at the end of summer when you are walking pain-free!
    1511 days ago
  • no profile photo CD17716889
    When you have your surgery, I hope all goes well and you will recover nicely. You have a very good attitude about your surgery. Good Luck and God Bless You! emoticon emoticon
    1511 days ago
    Big HUG my sweet freind!
    1511 days ago
    Surgery is always scary, but knowing that your pain will be gone afterwards is something to look forward to. Good luck!!
    1511 days ago
  • -POOKIE-
    Indeed. Focus on that line. It will all be worth it.
    1511 days ago
    "Once it heals up, you won't be in pain anymore!"

    That's the thought to focus on. Temporary pain for a better future.

    Great attitude and plan. Those chair exercises are so valuable.

    1511 days ago
    Yes temporary pain is
    1511 days ago
  • no profile photo ROSSYFLOSSY
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    Jeanie I love chair Zumba..Easy on your extremities. I'm glad you are going to go ahead with the surgery. 6 months is a short time compared to even the past 3 years. You can do this girly. Go for it!!! Hugs,, Donna
    1511 days ago
    Decompression is not a fun thing at all. But you are right 6 months really is not that long. You can do this!
    I found some wonderful strength exercises that you do sitting in a chair. You could do this and just skip the leg exercises that goes with it. It is just an idea so you do not have to quit exercising all together. Let me know if you are interested and I will send you the link to the one I use.
    God bless you and keep you on your journey! Have a fabulous day!
    1511 days ago
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