Well, kids, I had my foot surgery on Friday. Everything went well. The procedure took place in a local surgery center (vs. a traditional hospital). I have to say, everyone with whom I came in contact was fantastic and made me feel at ease. The only negative part of the day involved Kathie Lee Gifford. Say what?
For some reason, I’ve always had an aversion to Kathie Lee. I’m sure she’s a wonderful person and I wish her no harm. I’d just rather not watch her on TV. So guess what channel was on in the waiting room?
I’ve never been one to boldly change a TV channel when there are others in the room. But when K.L. asked one of her and Hoda’s guests to teach her the Bootie Pop, well, I was done. Just when I was about to pole the room to see if we could change the channel, I noticed this sign.
But soon enough I was called back to prep for surgery. The entire procedure took four hours, a bit longer than I had anticipated. Before waking me up, my surgeon injected my foot with a nerve block. That did the trick and I felt no pain for the first 24 hours. I’m currently taking pain meds every four to six hours. I’m trying to stretch it to six hours between doses.
I’ve been almost 100% compliant with my post-op instructions. My one infraction? I was supposed to have an “adult companion” looking after me for 24 hours. Yesterday I sent my adult companion out to play 18 holes of golf. This gave me the break I needed to try going up and down the stairs. (I’m allowed to do partial weight-bearing as long as I step down on my heel rather than my forefoot.) I’ve made several slow trips up and down the stairs without incident. Was I taking a chance going down the stairs while home alone? It was a little risky, but I felt very steady. If I had been unsure of myself I wouldn’t have tried it.
Here’s what things look like now.
Tomorrow I go see the surgeon again for my post-op visit. I’ll receive my walking boot which I’ll wear for six weeks. We’ll also discuss my activities and create a schedule for getting back to running, biking, etc. I know that will be a while from now, but having a written plan will give me something to look forward to.
And now for an update that’s way more important than my foot. In my last post I told you about four-year-old Isaac who was scheduled for a seven-hour surgery to remove a brain tumor. His grandfather told me the surgeons were able to remove all of the tumor and they expect the pathology report will show the mass was benign. What a huge relief. Thanks to all who sent positive thoughts and prayers on his behalf. That little fella’s been on my mind all weekend.
I’ve been receiving well wishes via text, private Facebook messages and Twitter. I’m grateful for my support system. I’m a lucky girl.