Note: This post includes photos that some might find a little gory. You’ve been warned.
I’ve had a number of people check in to see how yesterday’s doctor appointment went so I guess that means a new blog post is in order. Let’s step back just a bit…
Nine days ago I underwent Lapiplasty surgery on my left foot to correct the alignment of my toes. It’s basically the newest approach to fixing bunions, which in my case, were causing pain in the ball of my foot and in my toes. I described the process in this post.
Yesterday we drove to Scottsdale to see Dr. McAlister for the first follow up appointment. I was so relieved when Yenzie, the medical assistant, immediately took me back and proceeded to cut off the splint I’d been in for the past week. Underneath the exterior wrap, my entire lower leg was wrapped in gauze. That’s when I first saw the blood stains. Immediately I asked her if that was normal, and she assured me that it was. Okay, keep breathing…
Once she got the splint off and removed the bandages I could see the incision and sutures. While it’s a bit repulsive for me to look at, I snapped a few shots and was immediately amazed that it wasn’t more bruised and swollen. It looks pretty awful, but I guess I was expecting much worse.
Dr. McAlister seemed pleased with the progress and said I need one more week before the stitches can come out. The x-rays showed that the toes are now in alignment and my new, shiny hardware is in place. It will be 6-8 weeks before the bones are fully fused if everything goes as planned. Until then I will be in a boot.
Over the next week I’ve got to be careful not to put much weight on it, wear my boot when up on my feet, and continue to use my pretty pink scooter. My primary job right now is to continue to elevate and ice my foot. The great news is that it’s easier to sleep with my newly wrapped foot and I’m off the pain meds. Even though it’s a challenge to get around, it feels like great progress.
Steve continues to be an excellent nurse. He brings me ice, food, water, and treats. He’s been shopping, cleaning, doing laundry, and all the other things that I can’t get up to do. I’m certainly lucky to have him as my wing man. And soon we’ll be ready to hit the road again in the RV. Until then, it’s all about the boot and the pink scooter.