5 days post surgery, and I’m alive. My brain finally feels like it’s working enough to do things other than play candy crush on my phone and watch netflix.
Background: last Wednesday, I had bunionette surgery to correct my left foot. This is the first of two surgeries.
1. Surgery Recovery is WEIRD – and what I mean by this is that the first day I felt awesome, and the second day was miserable. I felt so great on the first day that I was taken away by the state of complete exhaustion and pain of day 2 & 3.
2. Waking up from Surgery is STRANGE – honestly, it was a little traumatic to lay down in this big white sterile room with lights (I couldn’t see anything but blurs because no glasses) and then wake up in another room with a cast on your foot. It was reassuring to see the face of a local mom as the nurse when I woke up, but otherwise it was super jarring to know you didn’t remember anything of the past hour and I didn’t really know where I was…
3. I don’t feel like eating – and I love to eat, so not even finishing half a bagel in the morning is a little bizarre.
4. The cast is annoying – I only have a partial plaster cast wrapped in a tensor bandages and it’s annoying. I find my foot swelling and painful, I find my ankle feeling unsupported, my leg feeling itchy, and the tips of my toes are always cold from the breeze in my room. Nobody talks about how much the cast will make you go batty before the pain even drifts into the picture.
5. Crutches take so much core work! I don’t really get around the house for a variety of reasons (I’m tired, I’m a klutz and keep tripping, having my foot below my heart hurts too much, children’s toys everywhere), but the act of going to the bathroom three-four times a day is enough to realize my core is incredibly weak. I’m currently staying in bed because my abs hurt and the idea of hobbling out to the deck seems impossible.