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Feb 192015
 

Why yes, that is a Beyoncé reference.

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Gotta love a little Bey in the morning.

Anyway, I wanted to update you guys a bit on my recovery process! For those of you who are new or just living under a rock, I had surgery on my right foot almost six weeks ago to correct a painful bunion I was born with, and I am now able to walk hobble around in a boot. Woot!

My thoughts are sort of all over the place today in regards to my recovery, so please bare with me. 😀

Walking

Over the weekend I was still mostly relying on one crutch, but when I woke up on Sunday morning I tossed my crutch to the side and decided I didn’t need it anymore. Yep, that happened. I wound up going the whole day without touching a crutch or my peg-leg, which made me so incredibly happy.

See ya lata’ peg-leg

Around this time I also experimented with walking around the house while not wearing my boot. This is actually something the doctor cleared me to do last week, but I was too scared to try it out until recently. After a few short hobbles around the apartment, I’m now getting around great with and without my boot! Of course I always wear my boot when I leave the house, but it’s nice to be able to walk to the bathroom from the living room without having to strap on the boot or hop around like a bunny.

Physical Therapy

I had my first physical therapy appointment yesterday! It was actually just an assessment – I haven’t had a real session yet – but I can already tell this PT is going to be great.

The place where I’m going specializes in sports injuries (not that I have one) which means they have a ton of cool fitness equipment for building up strength. While I waited for my doc, I watched a couple of ladies (I’m thinking maybe they were college soccer players?) complete an intense bootcamp workout. Man, I was so jealous I couldn’t be out there with them!

The visit went great, and the doctor tested the range of motion on my toe, as well as my quad and calf strength. To be honest I probably thought this was way more fun than it should have been – he tried to push my legs down and I was supposed to resist him, and I enjoyed testing/showing my strength. #nerdalert

He said the range of motion on my toe needs some work (no surprise there), and he wants me to come back twice a week for four weeks. He also gave me some homework, which I’ve been working on diligently!

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Some of the exercises are really hard for me, especially the one where you use your toes to roll up a towel. Gah! So difficult.

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I know though that with enough practice I’ll get my motion back in no time. 🙂

Long-term recovery

Now that I’ve been in the boot for almost two weeks, I probably have another month or so left wearing it. I’m going back to the doctor on Tuesday so he’ll tell me more then, but that was his initial estimate. Who knows though – maybe I’m a super fast healer and won’t need as long? A girl can dream, right? 😉 Fabio and I are going to a wedding at the end of April, so I’ll be curious as to what footwear I’m cleared to wear by then. You know I’ll keep you posted!

There is one little problem in my recovery; it seems I’ve developed a small infection by my incision. My doc was a little worried about it during my last visit (it was just a small spot that hadn’t healed all the way) and sure enough it turned into a little infection. He prescribed some antibiotics for me, so hopefully it will heal soon! He didn’t sound too worried, and according to my dad who is the king of surgeries (seriously, he’s had more than 30 knee surgeries), this can happen sometimes since that skin is super sensitive. Other than that though, the incision/scar area is looking pretty good!

I’m still not sure when I’ll be able to get into some more intense workouts (I’m sooo tired of pilates at this point) but I’m planning to ask my doctor when I see him on Tuesday. I obviously don’t want to rush into anything, but now that I can put weight on my foot I’m thinking there are probably some things I can do? Maybe biking or rowing? We shall see.

Now that I’m walking I’m also planning to head back to work, especially since my physical therapy place is right near my office. Now if only the darn snow would stop messing up my plans! Here’s hoping I can get back there soon – things are getting a little too quiet for me here at home.

Alright friends, that’s all I have for you today! Have a great Thursday!

Question of the day: Tell me what workouts you’ve been loving so I can live vicariously through you guys. 🙂

 Posted by on February 19, 2015

  9 Responses to “Let Me Update U”

  1. Great news 🙂 And WOW, how many knee surgeries has your dad had!? That is crazy!

    • I think he’s had like 33 knee surgeries!! He has really terrible knees, and actually had both of them replaced when he was in his 40s which is pretty rare. Hopefully they are fixed now!

  2. Glad to hear you are recovering well, sweets!!

  3. Wait. Can I just say…. I LOVE that you just referred to your PT as “doctor”. That is all. Keep up the good work!!

  4. I’m so glad to hear that recovery is going so well! I know you were really worried about it going in, but sounds like things are going as well as could be expected. I definitely get your frustration about not being able to seriously work out though. I saw some girls running last week (before it turned hella cold) and I was SO jealous I couldn’t be out there with them. Sadly running is just not an option for me these days… sigh.

  5. Glad to hear your mobile without the boot at home and without the assistance of the other stuff outside your casa! Big step there (no pun intended)! You can live vicariously through my 50 burpees yesterday in conditioning class, I’d glady share that duty with you some other time 😉 xoxo, ganeeban

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