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Hi friends! I wanted to give you an update on how I’m doing with my recovery process post-surgery. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can read about my toe troubles here, my foot surgery here, and my new day in the life as a gimp hereIMG_9042

How is my foot doing?

Well, luckily my bunion is completely gone, and it definitely doesn’t look like this anymore.

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It’s a bit weird actually, when I look at my “new” foot I am still surprised not to see the big bump on the side, and I sometimes feel like I’m looking at someone else’s foot. I want to take a picture for you guys, but the stitches are still there and it looks a bit gruesome still, so I’ll wait a while for that. I’m planning to do a full bunion surgery wrap-up post once I’m fully healed, so I’ll be sure to share some before and after photos then.

In terms of pain, I would say that I’m hardly feeling any at all! Sometimes in the evening my foot still hurts a bit (especially if I’ve had a really busy/active day on the peg-leg) but it’s nothing like it was before. I’m completely off all medicine, but sometimes I’ll take an ibuprofen or two if I know I’m going to be on my my peg-leg for a while.

Given all the work that my doctor did on my foot, I’m surprised it doesn’t hurt anymore!

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My foot looked like this for a few weeks (my toes were really swollen) but now that swelling is pretty much gone!

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One thing that has definitely changed about my body is my calf muscle on my right leg. It’s a little hard to see in this picture, but my right calf muscle is totally shrinking! Of course that’s all to be expected and I’m not surprised by this news, but it’s still a bit sad. 🙁

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I just can’t think of any way to work out that muscle! I’ll have to work on it a bit more once I’m better.

All in all, I would say my foot is doing great!

How am I getting around?

You guys, I have the best news ever. The doctor has cleared me to start walking on Friday! That means no more peg-leg!!

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I cannot tell you how excited I am to be able to walk again. The doctor gave me a sexy boot to wear (not!) and told me that on Friday I can start wearing it and walking a bit. He did warn me that it’s not going to be easy at first – I’m supposed to start with crutches and slowly add weight to my foot – but I am still so excited not to have to peg, hop, or scoot around. Woohoo!

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Other exciting news? I can now wash my foot. THANK GOODNESS. I can’t explain how annoying it’s been to wrap my foot up in plastic bags and tape while I shower to try to keep it dry. I’m still using the shower chair since it’s hard to balance on one foot in the shower, but at least I can wash it now.

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How am I doing mentally?

I will be honest and say that this experience has really put my mental outlook to the test. I am naturally a very positive person, and I think this is the first time in my life that I have truly felt down. I’m just not the kind of person who can sit on my butt for hours and hours and spend all day in my apartment. There were some days a couple of weeks ago where I felt like I would never get better, and I thought if I had to spend one more day hopping around I’d go crazy. There were definitely tears from time to time, as I just got so frustrated with not being able to do things. One thing that really helped me was to listen to my grandpa’s advice: If you can’t change the facts, change your attitude. Repeating that phrase in my mind got me through many tough days. Oh yeah, wine helped too. 😉

Another thing that helped was the outpouring of love and support from all my family and friends. Even weeks after my surgery, cards and little gifts continued to pour in.

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The perfect card from my friend Jess

Even if it wasn’t a physical gift, just getting a text from a friend asking how I was doing helped a ton, and I loved having plans with friends and family to take my mind off of things.

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A singing and dancing get-well-soon monkey from my grandpa

Now that I’ve gotten the ok from my doctor to start walking again in a few days, I’m thinking these sad days are behind me. I know that walking again won’t be easy at first, but it’s still got to be better than what I’m doing now!

Even with all these ups and downs of my post-surgery recovery, I’m still so glad I decided to get this procedure done. One day I’ll be able to run again without any pain in my foot (I don’t even know what that’s like!!) and I’ll have the rest of my life ahead of me, pain free. Can’t wait! 🙂

Question of the day: How do you stay positive when life gets you down? Any favorite mantras?

 Posted by on February 3, 2015

  4 Responses to “Post Surgery Update #2”

  1. I’m sorry to hear that recovery has been so tough for you mentally (although I can totally understand that – I think I would go stir crazy too!), but it sounds like you’re really keeping a great attitude about it all. Whenever I get really down or stressed about the way things are going, I always try to remember that we can’t really enjoy any of life’s highs if we don’t experience the lows. So just keep remembering how awesome it’s going to be to be able to run pain-free, and then this low period will all be worth it!

  2. Glad that things are going well physically! I completely understand the mental toughness that would take–I would go insane not being able to do things! Sounds like you have a great support system, though, so that’s great. I tend to rely on the support of others when I’m going through tough stuff!

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