Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Letting the cat out of the to speak

Here's a literal interpretation of that phrase...

but here's what's really going on...

I had surgery last Tuesday to remove a nagging bunion that I inherited and grew into with age. The pain meds aren't really all they are cracked up to be. I had just about every one of the "less serious" side effects to Percocet (blurred vision, mild nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, constipation, dry mouth and dizziness). For some it just took a bit longer. Now mind you I wasn't popping these babies like they were M&M's. I tried to stay with one-two every 4-6 hrs as prescribed. Mostly I took one, sometimes two and more like 5 hours. I only took them until Thursday afternoon at 3pm so only about 2 days worth. Thursday evening was the worst even though the nurse said it would be Wednesday after the nerve block wore off. The nerve block that I had for the surgery itself was much better and I had no side effects. Now I'm taking an occasional Ibuprofen but am still unable to put any weight on it. My follow up appointment isn't until Monday, June 1st when I hope to transition to another "boot" which will enable me to heel walk. I don't have a cast on this is a splint type boot covered with an ace wrap.

I guess there are about as many ways to treat bunions as there are podiatrists and surgeons that perform the surgery and I've heard goods and bads about both. My doc is an orthopedic surgeon (I'm on Tricare so I've got no choice unless I pay) but has had extensive foot and ankle training.

I'll give all of you out there in cyberland another update after my follow-up appointment. Right now I'm not actively crafting but have a bunch of posts scheduled so there shouldn't be any gaps. I'm trying to keep my foot elevated as much as possible so crafting now is a bit difficult. I'll try some tomorrow. Thank goodness for my iTouch and wireless network that allowed me keep up on mail and do a little surfing.

Until my next post,

1 comment:

  1. Ouch! I hope you start to get some relief soon, Diane! I had foot surgery in 1998...remember it like it was yesterday... I feel your pain!