Saturday, 27 February 2016

Things I Don't Need ......

Normal shoes, socks, leggings/trousers with a small foot hole, car keys.  Well I will need them again, but not for a few weeks.  The only thing I'm really missing at the moment are my socks!  Having large plastercasts on my feet isn't making them cold but I do miss the cosiness of a pair of socks.

For the next 6 weeks my life involves these lovely, lovely shoes.  While in all seriousness, they are essential at the moment as they allow me to walk without putting any pressure on the front of my foot, but they REALLY are the fugliest shoes (if you can even call them shoes!) I've ever seen.  Good on a practical level.  But they ain't winning any prizes in fashion stakes!

And this little bundle of goodies are also now part of my daily life..

a (borrowed) wheelchair, yet to be used other than to ferry the kids around the livingroom, a shaped foam cushion, a bed cradle and a laptop table.

The cushion is amazing, I've to keep my feet elevated and this helps with not only raising my feet but supports my knees and legs.  I've tried just raising my feet and it eventually puts pressure on the back of your knees and your lower back so the support cushion is ideal for avoiding pain elsewhere.

I'd read about other people who have had the same operation as me and a few people had mentioned a bed cradle was a useful thing to have.  Essentially it is a small frame which help lift bedclothes/covers off a limb (leg/arm) after an operation.  I wasn't sure if I'd need it and to be honest, even though I've used it for a couple of nights I didn't think it was making a difference.  Until someone threw an item on clothing onto the bed yesterday and it landed on my feet!!!  It was only a small t-shirt belonging to a 3 year old but the unexpected weight on my feet was a surprise and a bit of shock to the system.  So the cradle thingie is useful it seems.

Rightio the family are back from their adventures so I'm off to find out what they've been up to.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

They're Done!

Well my operation has taken place. It's all done and I'm currently lying in bed binge watching The Good Wife on Netflix, (I have no complaints). I had planned to do a couple posts in between my last post and actually having my op but the last week has been particularly hectic. More of which I'll write about shortly.

As for now I'll leave you with a photo of my 'after ' op feet. They look sore but they really aren't - a bit achy and slightly uncomfortable at times but not sore. I'm keeping on top of my meds and it's all good. So here they are, my interesting new feet!

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Countdown to Change

Life as I know it is due to change in 9 days time. Sounds very melodramatic doesn't it! It's not meant to. But things which I deal with on a daily basis - pain, calluses, blisters, etc - are soon to be coming to an end (fingers crossed).

On 24 February I'm heading off to place my feet into the hands of a lovely NHS consultant to deal with my hideous bunions. A double bunionectomy if you will! This is as best a photo as I'm willing to show at present (with a little hand just for scale!)
Nobody really wants to see how awful my hideous trotters are, suffice to say they remind me of old granny feet. Even after they've been slathered in moisturising cream!

I've not thought too much about what will actually be done them, I'm not the surgeon, as long as he knows what to do I'm happy. However it has stuck me today just how potentially immobile I will be in the early days. I've been told I've to be non weight bearing for the first two weeks. Then I'll have lovely shoes which enable me to 'heel' walk for the next 4 weeks. Now this is for both feet. So that's non weight bearing on both feet for 2 weeks.

So I've happily been thinking to myself, non weight bearing for 2 weeks - no problem I'll just stay upstairs (we only have the one bathroom) for 2 weeks and it'll all be good. Had a couple of offers of help with the children which are going to be taken with much gratitude. However today I had the thought, how do I actually GET UPSTAIRS! Today I tried shuffling upstairs, backwards, on my bum and it was difficult not to use my feet. Much harder than I expected. So that's made me nervous. It was a joint effort with me and Pedro in the end, I did make it to the top of the staircase but to be honest getting from there to actually getting into bed isn't going to be as straightforward as I'm hoping I don't think.

I'm also going to have crutches. Which will be great for getting about but I've got rubbish upper body strength. And I discovered today, while trying to lift myself up one stair at a time, that my fall last summer (when i thought I'd fractured my elbow but hadn't) has weakened my elbow and I need to be careful as it was threatening to pop out. Got to love my rubbish joints!

I'm still positive about the whole thing. There are a few hurdles which I'll need to deal with, I just need not to worry about these hurdles until, or even if, I face them.

I'm going to blog the process as there really isn't a great deal of first-hand experience/knowledge out there, especially about having both feet done at the same time. Most people just have one done at a time. What I have found is limited to 'this is what my feet look like now, not had much pain,' and that's pretty much it. Also, of the few blogs I have found, the ladies bunions have been what I would call minor, particularly compared to mine. One American woman, I could barely tell the difference between her before and after photos. No wonder she was back to work (& the gym!) barely 2 weeks after her op. Maybe I will post an unsocked foot photo, not sure though. I really do hate my feet.