Jan 122015
 

Well, my foot no longer looks like this!IMG_8856

Yep, on Friday morning I underwent surgery on my right foot to remove the bunion that’s been causing me serious pain for quite a while now. Thank you all so much for your well-wishes, by the way! You guys are the best! 🙂

The surgery itself went really well. I arrived at the surgery center right on time without any problems, and was so happy to have Fabio, my mom, and my dad there to support me. Everything with the surgery went even better than expected, and the doctor was really happy with the outcome. He even gave me this picture of my foot, which is now complete with its own set of hardware.

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Look at all those screws! Airport security lines will never be the same. Wahh!

After the surgery I was on cloud nine – literally I felt great – but I knew that feeling wouldn’t last long. Sure enough, after a couple of hours the numbing medication started to wear off and I was in a lot of pain. Luckily I was surrounded by the best helpers in the world, who catered to my every need.

Fabio has been the absolute BEST, and has been helping me with anything and everything I need without complaint. Jack has been great too, and has been carefully side-stepping my leg while snuggling me at the same time. Pretty much every night since the surgery he has slept right next to me (sometimes on me) and has been giving me lots of love. My boys are the best!

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Getting around hasn’t been too bad – the surgery center gave me a set of regular crutches, and my dad also got me a roller scooter (Fabio is using it below) and the iWalk hands-free crutch, which is really awesome and sort of like a peg leg (I’m wearing it below). I have been trying to keep my foot elevated for the most part, but I know later in the week these two gadgets will really come in handy! I’m especially impressed with the iWalk, and I can’t wait to use it more throughout my recovery.

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As I mentioned, the pain got really bad a few hours after the surgery, and continued throughout the first 48 hours. The second night was absolutely horrible, and I made the mistake of taking my pain medication (I’m on Vicodin) in the middle of the night on an empty stomach. This caused me to spend the rest of the night vomiting, and I couldn’t even make it to the toilet because I can’t kneel on the floor. Great. Poor Fabio was up all night changing the bag in the trash can, and I can’t thank him enough. What a trooper. Thankfully I’m feeling loads better today.

One thing that also really helped with the pain was visitors! On Saturday and Sunday we had tons of visitors, all of whom dropped by with various snacks and goodies. 🙂

First, my mom gave us some lasagna and pulled pork on Friday, which was definitely appreciated. Yum yum yum.

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Then on Saturday my dad came over with my stepmom and sister and brought me bagels, chicken, movies, a shower chair (necessary) and more. Later in the day, our friends Claire and Kevin came by with some snacks and wine (for once I’m off my meds) and then Bianca came over for dinner with pizza and ice cream. Awesome!

On Sunday my friend Sam came over around lunchtime with a whole care package of goodies from my home friends, and then Megan and JR came over for dinner with beef stew and banana bread for dessert. Everything was delicious, and I felt so lucky to have so many friends around to support me.

I also got a ton of cards, flowers, and balloons, and I pretty much just felt like the luckiest girl alive.

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Having so many friends stop by has been a great distraction, and when people are here I barely even notice the pain. They’re the best!

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Today I’m feeling much better, and I think the worst is now behind me. Woohoo!

Tomorrow I have a follow-up appointment with my doctor, and I’m excited to see how things are healing. I’ll keep you posted!

Question of the day: What makes you feel better when you’re feeling under the weather?

 Posted by on January 12, 2015

  10 Responses to “Post-Surgery Update”

  1. Glad it all went well Chelsea! Visitors are the best 🙂

    My screw in my ankle don’t go off when I walk through airport security….I know bummer….but I do have a business card saying I have metal in my body from the doctor in case they do!

  2. I’m so pleased that it went well for you! And that you’ve got loads of great support around you. HELLO pulled pork – yum!!

  3. I’m glad everything went so well!!! Those first couple of days after major surgery always suck MAJORLY, but soon enough you wont even remember them! The brain does amazing things that way – helps us to forget the sucky parts. haha. But I’m glad that you’re finally starting to feel better!!

  4. Yeah! So happy to hear that you’re doing well! You seem to be in great spirits and that’s super important for any recovery. Hoping the doctor gives you good news. 🙂

  5. Yay! Glad everything went well. You certainly got a lot of support from everyone which is really important. I hope your recovery goes as well as the surgery did!

  6. So glad you are feeling better!! We can have that wine once you’re off those pain meds 🙂

  7. Glad to hear the surgery went well and that lots of friends and family are taking care of you. Sending hugs!

  8. Glad to hear that things went well, and I hope the recovery continues to go smoothly! It’s always nice to know you have a ton of people who love and support you and will be there when you need them 🙂

  9. You’re in great spirits after your surgery! And the fact that you have so much love & support goes to show how loving a person you are to those around you. Please keep updating the blog on your recovery!

  10. Glad you’re feeling better! Love that you have a great support system to help you through recovery.

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