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Dec132008

Screw It!

Wow! I have a screw holding my foot together! Here's the picture the surgeon took after the operation ended. Wheee!

The arrow points to the break.

I have staples holding the skin together on the outside. Those will be removed in a couple of weeks. The screw may need to be removed as well once healing is complete.

It looks like the only part that should hurt is my pinkie toe, but the pain is in the foot part, not the toe part and since the ligament under the break was also damaged, the pain spreads from one side of the foot to the other (where the ligament goes). By far, the left side of my foot hurts worse, but the whole thing isn't a walk in the park. (har)

It was recommended to put cabbage on my foot, but that can't happen since I have the wound covered with sterile dressing and the boot. The boot doesn't come off until the doc removes the staples. Sooooo much fun showering!

Anyway, here's a pic of my foot. Pics of me pre and post-op to come.

Reader Comments (7)

many blessings on your recovery, dear lady.
looking forward to reading your UC post soon, too!

December 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterabundant b'earth

Just want to wish you a speedy recovery. Sending all healing thoughts your way!

December 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterchingona

Are you taking Arnica? I'm sure you know, but it will really help.

Hope you heal (heel!) soon - here's to a speedy & relaxing recovery!

December 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDoulaMomma

you poor thing!
and you were just about to come get tattooed again : (
we all miss you lots!
get better soon
love danielle and zoey

December 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJackieD

Thanks to everyone for your kind thoughts and words.

Arnica: CHECK!

Danielle... can I TELL you how flippin' frustrating it is that I can't get my next tattoo STILL?! But, I do have to thank the fates for the order of appearances - it would have been horrible to already have the new tattoo and have to keep it covered for weeks on end with the boot. I had the boot put on after surgery (while I was still under anesthesia) and it won't come off for at least 2 weeks, when they remove the staples.

I have to tell you, too, the surgeon was a dang hoot about the tattoo! He said, stone faced, "The first thing we're going to do is make an incision here (about my ankle) and then it will come up here.... (and he dragged his hand up, up, up around the whole tattoo!)...."

He laughed and loved it and everyone, all day, came to look at Craig's beautiful work. Over and over, people were so impressed. And I won't get to see my lovely flowers for the longest time - and they are on my own body! Waaaahhhh!

I miss you, too. As soon as I can drive, we will come see you all.

Love you muchly.

Barb

December 13, 2008 | Registered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

What crappy luck! Getting healed up just to do it all over again! You are amazing in your optimism (here in your blog at least). It is so refreshing to come and read knowing that I can look forward to being uplifted even when not all the events you document are all sunshine and carefree.

I can't get enough of that photograph, every time I check your blog, I take a moment to appreciate it. Lovely.

Hoping you heal smoothly, and you are able to stave off any more injuries for a long while!

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAubrey

I think that the intensive therapy sessions I did based on 10 Days to Self-Esteem (and oh so much more!) has helped me not want to sink into the depths of depression. What else IS there for me to do but heal and get going with things again as quickly as possible.

This injury is odd compared to other times in my life when I have been down. I think that being taken care of this way, loved and cherished, being ABLE to sit and heal, is a totally different experience than being a mom of young kids who required help, driving around and that I function appropriately. I believe I was more depressed then, in 1995, than I am now. I am definitely better off now than I was in late 1996 when I was still unable to walk after April 1995 surgery. That sucked BAD. I ended up not walking without excruciating pain and burning for 3 years... and even after that, it took another 2 before I was able to walk without a cane and limp. Nothing will be as bad as that dark time.

Yet, even then, I have all sorts of really great memories - mostly of Disney World - during that time. I wrote a lot for a Disney-themed website and was sent out to take photos at the parks. I'd tool around in a wheelchair, take pics and write stories... I became very well-known for my Disney knowledge back then. :)

What will I do during this healing time? The options are endless!

December 14, 2008 | Registered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

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