September 01, 2007

This Is Harder Than I Thought

It's done and over, I'm at home and getting use to these crutches is harder than I remembered.

I got to the hosptial yesterday at 6am (per their request), checked in and waited.

They brought me back for pre-op at 6:45am, asked about a hundred times which foot was being operated on, had at least half dozen signatures on my right foot showing that those that would be operating knew which foot was being operated on and stuck me with lots of needles.

They wheeled me into the operating room at 7:45am.

Now I have to tell you that my foot doctor, which is the bestest in the world, is also a teaching doctor. At any time in his office there has to be at least 15 interns.

In the operating room I counted at least 7 interns, a few nurses, anasetic people and my doctor. It was crowded to say that least.

The only thing I remember from the operating room was them putting something that stung like hell in my IV, which was the sleep stuff and the next thing I remember is waking up, don't remember falling to sleep at all. They just gave me something to make me sleep and froze my foot for the surgery, nothing to bad.

I got into post-op around 9:20am and they finished casting my foot up.

I was home by 11am.

The doctor talked to Mr Weenie after the surgery and he told him that good thing I had the surgery now because within another 6 months or so I would have been in so much pain I probably wouldn't be walking much. It was much worse then what the X-rays showed.

My foot was numb most of yesterday but is really starting to hurt today. They gave me Vicoden but it doesn't last very long, think I will stick to my Darvocet.

It has been a royal pain in the ass when it comes to doing things, I can't do much of anything because I have to use the crutches, no putting weight on it what so ever. Even going to the bathroom has been a pain. And of course, ladies you know that if ever there is a bad time to have your period it's always when you don't want it. I even started early (yesterday morning, just in time to leave for the hospital), wasn't suppose to come until Tuesday, so I am having to deal with that on top of everything. Gads.

The puppies are afraid of the crutches and Maggie is scared of my cast, she won't go near it.

I am going to shower tomorrow, so that should be an interesting feat.

So it's not to bad, and hopefully by the end of next week I will be an old pro at the crutches and able to handle things better.

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Posted by Quality Weenie at September 1, 2007 10:30 AM | TrackBack

Just remember to keep your weight on your hands with those crutches and don't let the tops push heavily in your armpits. Nerve damage will result.

Just be pleased you don't have a cast like they used so often in the Service, a spica cast. These ran from the toes to the belly button on one side and down the other side to the knee. The um, elimination ports were left uncovered. but there was a plaster covered broomstick piece from one thigh to the other.

The military being what it is the men with this cast were put on a gurney and given one crutch to wheel themselves around. The Officers would have hysterics when they caught us racing our gurneys.

Few of us got out of that body and fender shop with all the stripes we went in with. " You'll hurt yourself!" "Why didn't you think of that before you sent us over there?" "You have a Bad Attitude"! "Why, yes, I do."

Posted by: Peter at September 1, 2007 12:44 PM

Peter's right about the crutches. I was on them for 6 months when I was a kid, I learned quickly not to put the weight in the armpit area.

However, ya know there is just something sexy about a woman on crutches. I can't explain it, but it's there.

Anyway, I hope everything heals quickly for you.

Posted by: Contagion at September 1, 2007 12:48 PM

You poor thing! At least it's over with and you can heal...! {{{Hugs}}}

Posted by: pam at September 1, 2007 12:48 PM

Prayers for a quick recovery.

And it may be a good thing the dogs don't like the crutches and cast...that way they can't trip you up.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at September 1, 2007 02:04 PM

Sending healing thoughts your way (and bravery for the puppies)! Good luck and smooth recovery!

Posted by: Lee Ann at September 1, 2007 04:27 PM

.. ouch, ouch, ouch.... get well soon...

Posted by: Eric at September 2, 2007 04:38 PM

It's always better and worse than we expect isn't it. I hope it all heals very quickly. I'm very very glad they got it before you were in too much pain to walk. And I bet you do get used to the crutches after a few days (anesthesia makes everything take longer)

Posted by: Teresa at September 2, 2007 07:55 PM

LISTEN to the Dr. Try and stay down, and do NOT OVER do!! Happy healing!

Posted by: armywifetoddlermom at September 4, 2007 12:35 AM