Tuesday, September 8, 2020

My experience with bunion surgery: Recovery with weight bearing (Part 3)

 Week 4 to 6:

- Got used to walking in the boot with 2 crutches and just a little weight on foot. Graduated to more weight and one crutch and then to none part of the time. Started walking a bit outside to build my muscles back up in my affected leg. 

- Found out I lost 4 pounds mostly by not being able to indulge my Starbucks latte and cookie afternoon habit but some muscle loss too. Not complaining lol.

- Got really bored and really tired of reading and laying around. Initially not able to sit with my foot down for long as it still swells and needs to be elevated but that got better. Did start taking showers - bliss. Was really glad we have grab bars, a no slip shower floor and the borrowed shower seat for when I need to wash my feet.

Week 7 & 8:

- The bone is healed although the incision and bottom of foot are still tender and my foot not very flexible. I am walking a bit wonky but able to get up in middle of night with only one crutch for balance at the start of week 7 and no crutch by         No more knee scooter!

- Wearing a compression ankle sock and foam toe separator except at night. Weaning off of walking boot with a schedule - 1 hour 2 x a day for 3 days then 2 hours, etc. My leg muscles are weary which denotes progress. 

- Can drive (left foot operated on), run errands, cook and do chores - Yeah! 

- We were able to put almost all furniture back in place and store away all the special equipment and supplies except for the rental items that will be returned soon. It cost much less to rent them by to month - less than the 2 week fee - so I have some time yet to get them back.

- Physical therapy twice a week for now. 

EDIT: I ended up getting a cane to help with walking without the boot. I was wobbling from a week ankle and not taking a normal length step with my unaffected foot but the cane solved that.

9 comments:

  1. This is a big deal requiring a lot of work on your part, and I see you are doing everything right.

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  2. So glad you are moving back toward a more normal life. Yay for driving and being able to get out some.

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    1. Who would have thought a year ago that would be a peak of excitement!

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  3. You did very well. Moving towards a more normal way even in the abnormal times we are in.

    God bless.

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  4. Sounds like you will be back to normal in no time at all. It was good you mentally & physically prepared yourself for the surgery. I think that has helped you along the way more than anything - kinda knowing what to expect during each step of the healing process.

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  5. I really admire the way you have approached both the surgery and recovery. So smart!

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    1. Thank you. I’m glad I had the surgery and onc3 fully recovered expect to be able to b3 mor active until the other foot has to be done.

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