Surgery Recap

Well, it’s day 4 of NaBloPoMo and I’ve already skipped a day. This is why I write during my lunch-hour at work and don’t wait until I get home. Because once I get dinner on the table, it’s all over but the sleeping.

I thought I’d take today to do a recap of my surgery. Back in April, I pushed a box with the side of my right foot and the mild, on-again/off-again pain that I’ve had for the past two years became a very insistent, this-really-hurts kind of pain that affected my ability to walk. That didn’t fade after a week, so I had it checked. Last time I saw the doctor about this pain, it had gone away by the time I got into the office and we couldn’t pinpoint it. This time they did an MRI and found out that I had a tear in one of my peroneal tendons. Given that I’d had pain for such a long time, it was clear that it wasn’t going to heal itself. Recovery after the surgery would take at least 8 weeks. It was May 4th and we were leaving on our Niagara vacation in 6 weeks. I was not willing to reschedule that, so we postponed the surgery. It was scheduled for July 30th, since my doctor was on vacation the two weeks right after we got back ourselves. Then in early June, the doctor called and said she had something come up and wouldn’t be able to do the surgery then. Between her schedule and mine, we postponed it until Aug 20th. I spent the months between May & Aug in a walking boot, to try to minimize pain and not make things any worse. The boot was awkward, though, so I mostly just wore it at work.

So on Aug 20th, two days before my 40th birthday, I had surgery. She said that the tear was longer than she had expected, about 4 cm. Which sounds small, but if you actually look at a ruler and compare that to your foot, it’s quite large. But the surgery itself went well and my recovery did too. I had 4 weeks of not walking on my foot at all. That was fun. I rented a knee scooter for the duration, which fortunately insurance paid for, and that was awesome. So much better than crutches! I did have to have someone carry it up and down the stairs for me, but I spent the first two weeks pretty much just hanging out in bed, watching TV, playing on my iPad, and reading. Just because it was simpler for everyone and because I could watch what I wanted without worrying about the kids seeing. Thus, I went through 7 seasons of The Big Bank Theory in 2 weeks. I went back to work after 2.5 weeks, right after Labor Day, working from home since I couldn’t drive. After the 4 week point, I was allowed to put on my walking boot and start walking. I also started Physical Therapy that day. 3 weeks later, the therapist had me walk without the boot, and it was far less painful than I expected. I started driving again that day. I was so happy to be out of the boot. Imagine having to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night and having to stop and put the boot on first! With velcro straps, so of course I woke Eric up doing it. 😛

These days, I’m almost back to normal, with only a slight limp if I walk too fast. I did discover on Halloween that staying on my feet too long is not a good idea, so I know I’m not 100%. But I’m getting there.

Eric did a great job picking up the slack and being both mommy and daddy during this time. I helped him out by having several casseroles, soups and pizzas in the freezer, along with some easy meals in the cupboard. Jenna ended up having to do dishes, which I’m sure she just loved! And the kids were helpful for fetching things for me.

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