So every time I post photos of my feet (pre- or post-surgery), I end up getting a bunch of new foot fetish followers on my Twitter. So this will be fun!
So this has been a whole process (links below). And just in case anyone is curious, I figured I’d post some photos of my feet 10 months post-surgery.
Looking better, right? Sort of? And yes, they still hurt when I walk. With every step. Moreso than before I had surgery. So that’s fantastic.
The healing on my left foot is much different than it was for my right one.
For the first foot, it was always an upward trajectory with each day being a little better than the day before. Now, with the second foot, it’s a total crap shoot. Some days I feel okay, other days the pain is unbelievable. Some days the pain is quite manageable, and others my foot throbs and burns with every heartbeat. I never know what it’s going to be like until I wake up in the morning and put weight on it. It’s a brutal reminder that, yes, my bone is indeed broken, and I should quit trying to hop around town on it. But I’ve been almost entirely housebound for the past three weekends, and I’m getting very antsy.
The doctors don’t really know why I’m having such a hard time with the left foot, but suppose that it might just be because my right foot is still not at 100%. There’s a lot of pressure involved in walking, and there’s no super stable bone for it to travel through. Sigh.
So yeah, on again off again pain, and I was told to stop taking Percocet and switch to Aleve instead (which does nothing). I’m supposed to get the boot off on Tuesday, though I’m worried about walking in a regular shoe, given the shooting nerve zaps I get even in the surgical shoe.
Below are pictures from my bandage change earlier this week (2 weeks post-op), and my before and after x-rays. Only one pin instead of two in the left foot, for some reason. I wonder if that could be causing any extra twisting, which would result in more pain? No idea.
So yeah, it’s that time again. Four weeks ago, I had bunion surgery on my right foot. I documented the healing process a bit, then decided to just go ahead and get the left foot done since who needs a summer anyway? Not this girl!
I’m so depressed.
Anyway, the procedure was much the same this time around, though with a few key differences. One, I had a different nurse anesthetist who pumped me full of anti-anxiety drugs without notifying me. I felt someone fiddling with my IV, then felt really weird and had to turn around and ask what the hell had just happened. “Oh, just something to make you feel a bit better!” he said, cheerfully. I had actually been feeling fine, and didn’t need the extra drugs. Sigh. But as a result of the pre-surgery drugs or maybe something else given during the procedure, I was really out of it for a few hours post-surgery. The doctor came over and talked to me about the procedure afterwards, apparently, but I have no recollection of any of it.
Also, I’m not sure he cut the tendon above my second toe this time around. I called the office to ask, but the doctor wasn’t in, so I’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out for sure. Considering that the tendon release was the most painful part of the surgery on the right foot, I can’t really complain about its omission on the left foot, but still. Er, wasn’t it supposed to be done?
So here’s my pictorial update, and I’m bed/couch-bound for the next week at least. I’m bored already!
Also, a close-up of the weird ether inhaler from the podiatrist’s office, as detailed in this post.