Speedy Recovery

I am now 8 days out from my bunionectomy and hardware removal surgery.Ā  I am walking around quite a bit (with my weight on my heel).Ā  I’ve done a couple workouts.Ā  Just upper body weights and some abs.

The first 2-3 days I took pain meds as often as needed.Ā  That first morning after my surgery I hadn’t taken anything in hours and the numbness wore off.Ā  I was caught off guard and after that I made sure to take something every few hours so the pain didn’t get that bad again.

I am the teensiest embarrassed to share about my bunionectomy because… it sounds like an “old lady” issue.Ā  It’s dumb to be embarrassed though.Ā  It’s just a bony growth.Ā  Who cares, right?Ā  In my case, it’s genetic.Ā  My mom had to get a double bunionectomy.Ā  Her mom before her.Ā  All my siblings have bunions.Ā  *sigh*Ā  It’s just the magic of genetics. šŸ˜‰

You know how sometimes you wonder how useful it is, in a practical sense; to stay in shape?Ā  Or at least, sometimes I do.Ā  It has provenĀ veryĀ useful for me.Ā  I was very glad that I had put on all those hours working on functional fitness, agility, balance.Ā  Getting around on one foot and going about your day can be tricky.Ā  The first couple days I was crab-walking up and down the stairs many times a day.Ā  Yay for strong triceps.Ā  I braved costco on crutches.Ā  It’s been apparent that being physically fitĀ beforeĀ a major surgery aids very much during recovery.

After day four I decided to go off pain relievers.Ā  Mostly because they aren’t great for your liver or stomach.Ā  Dangers of NSAIDsĀ  I also didn’t want to be on oxycodone longer than absolutely necessary (for obvious reasons).Ā  Plus, you don’t want to completely inhibit the inflammatory response because it is part of the healing process.

I started doing red light therapy on my foot a few days ago.Ā  I do feel like that helped a lot with any lingering discomfort. I just shined thisĀ on my foot for about 20 minutes each night.

I’ve also been doing hot and cold therapy.Ā  I bring a big bowl to my bathroom.Ā  I fill my (clean!) sink with hot water and ice water in the bowl.Ā  I alternate between having my foot in the hot and cold water every minute for about 7 rounds.Ā  This helps with pain and speeds up healing.Ā  It really isn’t as unpleasant as it sound.Ā  It feels nice on my still slightly swollen foot.

I won’t include any picture of my franken-foot just yet.Ā  I’ll spare you all. šŸ˜‰

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The Other Side

I had my bunionectomy done this Wednesday, so I am two days post-op.Ā  I was a bit nervous going in, for sure.Ā  I haven’t had surgery since the last bunionectomy 20 years ago!!

I had nothing to fear though.Ā  The nurses took great care of me and I was pleasantly passed out the entire time.Ā  I joked it was my first nap in years! šŸ˜‰

My recovery has been going pretty well.Ā  I have to mostly stay off my foot and keep it elevated because it is very swollen and still very tender.Ā  I’ve been alternating tylenol, ibuprofen, and oxycodone.Ā  I seriously don’t get how people can abuse that stuff.Ā  I accidentally took it with just coffee the first day and gotĀ so sick.Ā Ā It helps with the pain but makes my head feel fuzzy, like taking benadryl.Ā  Nothing really wonderful about it.

I went back today to get my dressings changed and was able to talk my surgeon.Ā  He said when he opened the joint it was full of red fluid, which is unusual.Ā  I want to research this more but he said it’s a sign of inflammation.Ā  It seems to support my theory that my body has been reacting to the metal screws that were in there for so long.

I am really (!!!!) hopeful to see some improvements in my health.Ā  For years I’ve had so many issues and struggles.Ā  I’m not sure what to expect, but I’ll blog as I (hopefully!) see improvements.

My doctor was able to fix the problem by drilling two holes through that big toe joint and tightening things up with my own ligaments and some dissolvable sitches.Ā  Oh and shaving down the bone.Ā  Yuck!Ā  Sorry!Ā  Basically, it’s “ghetto-rigged”.Ā  LolĀ  The great thing is that the bunion will be gone and there will be no metal in there.

Coincidentally, I keep running across stories of people becoming illĀ  with “Breast Implant Sickness” or from other foreign implants in their body.Ā  It makes me wonder how many people are ill with a variety of symptoms, no real diagnosis, poor quality of life; and no idea that their implants or dental work or knee replacement is the source of all their problems.