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One more setback!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

It can be so frustrating. I had surgery on my foot on December 6. It was planned and I kind of knew what to expect. The worst was the first 2 days after surgery. I couldn't even walk to the bathroom with assistance. The reason was I had a nerve block for surgery and so I couldn't put that foot down until it wore off. I had balance issues and crutches were not steady enough. I dealt with that along with opioid painkillers. I have had to wear this boot since then and I wasn't supposed to bend my foot and toes. So it was an unusual walk and I'm a walker. I like to walk each morning. Mentality, I'm ready to get out and do huff and puff walk. So I consoled myself with a slow walk to the grocery store (its a very short distance) and walk around the house when I was on the phone. The problem is, I walk a little lopsided with this boot. I'm thankful that I lost 80 pounds so I don't have that on top of it. I got the pin out a week ago but I still wear the boot for another 4 weeks. I walk almost normal now. At this point, I'm feeling close to being able to get out really walking. Then Saturday, I get this pain in my hip (opposite side as foot with surgery) that made it difficult to walk. By Sunday, if I could stand up with no pain, I could walk up to 20 steps (distance between my couch and bathroom) with little or no pain. After that, it was so painful, it brought tears. That was the last day I was able to cook and it brought tears. My husband brought my breakfast (he even finished my breakfast) because I hurt so bad, it was all I could do to get to the couch without carrying something. I'm tired of his "cooking"! He does good with breakfast and lunch, because I've always kept them simple. But dinner, he either opens a can of soup or something, or calls our local mom & pop restaurant and order carryout. I can't do anything. Yesterday, I saw a doctor at the Bone & Joint. It was as I thought. Sciatic nerve is the culprit. I'm scheduled for PT to start at the earliest time. Thursday of next week. Ugh! Too many people slipped on ice and clogged up the PT department. I feel like its a big setback. I can't do anything now. I'm totally dependant on my husband. Over all, he's been great. He never complains about being my "go for". I told him the other day "Its nice to have a maid" He laughed. But he knows how much I hate this! Its so frustrating! What's going to happen next? If possible, I'm having the other foot done in March.
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    I would suggest that you get a shoe or boot that is exactly the same height as the 'boot' you are wearing on your bad foot. Part of the reason that your hip hurts is that you are walking lopsided. They should have told you that at the doctor's office!!!!! It's very common to have surgery on a left ankle and then have to have the right knee done and then the left hip. A good orthopedic surgeon told me years ago that the joints go to the opposite side and one up. Don't rush the healing. Take care of yourself and bless your husband for being your nurse!

    323 days ago
  • KATHARINE01948

    I hear you, Bea, My hands both of them swollen up like big sausages, a matter of fact I have the sausage RA
    Roy and Tim were my hands over 2 months. I could do very little.
    Thankful I had my Maid but I do understand and this will pass, temporary.

    I agree do u tube exercises afterward use hot steam towels, then a cream for massage that's what they did for Neck PT emoticon
    324 days ago
  • DIETER27
    I agree with DJ try the recommended stretches and exercises posted by physical therapists on YouTube. It's worth a try until you get your physical therapy. I can understand your frustration and I pray for relief soon for you ! emoticon
    324 days ago
  • AKELLY45
    I'm so sorry. I wish I could give you a hug.
    324 days ago
    So frustrating. It’s like a chain reaction in the body. Pea for you. I had rotator cuff surgery and couldn’t use my right hand for 2 months. Great we have husbands willing to help. Mine even had to dress me and wash my hair
    324 days ago
    Prayers it will get better for plus stay grateful for all the many blessings you do have especially the support of your husband and family
    325 days ago
    You feeling frustration and helpless. Hard to do anything plus more physical pain to make your condition worse.
    325 days ago
    Sorry you having to go through this. It stinks!! Hope things get better for you soon.
    325 days ago
    I understand that it's frustrating and disappointing. But having dealt with long-term healing from hip bursitis, I really have had to be patient and let my body heal. Please take care and do something else while healing. I'm a walker also, and it's my lifeline to good health. But sometimes we have these really difficult setbacks. Here's to a quick recovery.
    325 days ago
    It will get better
    325 days ago
    You might try the sciatica recommended stretches/exercises posted by physical therapists on YouTube … that's what cured my problem of months and months of pain and not being able to walk within just days of doing them. Maybe worth a try until you can get in with PT? Hope you get relief soon!
    325 days ago
    Sending healing thoughts your way
    325 days ago
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