Sunday, July 12, 2015

All American Surgery Update: Seven Months

Hard not to love my pile of right shoes
My apologies for not posting an update sooner, but this last month has been pretty crazy. Here's a quick recap for those of you new to the blog:

1. On December 4, I had the "All-American Surgery" to basically take my left foot apart and put it back together again after a torn tendon and collapsed arch. Two titanium screws were inserted, one in my heel and one on the outside of my ankle.

2. I worked on recovering, using my awesome iWalk 2.0 to get around. I began doing physical therapy twice a week, and in March my in-laws asked my husband and I if we would join them for a trip to Disney in mid-August.

3. In late April, we started to realize everything wasn't going the way it was supposed to. I was still in a lot of pain, had a lot more redness and swelling than we expected, and, surprise, my screws started to back out of my foot. Turns out I'm one of the 2-4% of the population that isn't just allergic to nickel, but also titanium.

4. On June 15, I had a second (and much quicker) surgery to remove the two screws from my foot.

5. On June 26, my husband and I bought a house! Perfect timing

Alright, all caught up? Read on!

What I Would Have Done Differently - Nothing
I wish there is something I could have done differently, but most of the last month has been largely out of my control. We were supposed to close on the house two weeks earlier, so I would have had at least a few days to move prior to the surgery. Luckily (so so grateful) my little brother and his girlfriend came to visit over the 4th of July weekend and helped us move a TON of things. We also had a handful of friends who helped with painting, and my amazing in-laws gave us an entire weekend worth of work. I'll tell you, one of the hardest things I've ever done is sitting while my entire family works around me.

What is Frustrating - All of it? Mostly tendons.

Somehow two weeks ago right before I went in for my follow-up appointment I managed to flare up my posterior tibial tendon (which we had messed around with during the first surgery. I'm slowly weaning out of the walking boot, but there is a lot of pain and stiffness in the mornings and evenings.

What I'm Looking Forward To - DISNEY WORLD
38 Days!!!!

What is Working - Return of the iWalk & Tracking My Steps
First, the day of the surgery I tossed my trusty iWalk 2.0 into the car and I'm glad I did. Everything was so stiff and sore that I couldn't actually bend my ankle far enough to get into the walking boot, so for the first two days after the surgery I used my pegleg to get around.

Second, I'm trying hard to increase my steps every day. I'm using a Jawbone UpMove fitness tracker, which I think does a really great job of being accurate, and I like the accompanying app quite a bit. I am trying to add at least 100 steps every single day. Some people say you walk an average of 8 miles a day at Disney World!

What I've Accomplished - A House!
We have a house, and all of our stuff is in it! We've gotten six out of the nine main rooms painted, and all of our furniture and random belongings are at least in the house. Now comes the slow process of figuring out where to put everything!

This Week's Goal - Go to the gym 3 times
I haven't been to the gym in....I can't even remember the last time. Early May? But if I'm going to be ready for Disney, I need to start moving. SLOWLY, of course, but I need to do something!

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