Can I prelude that a winter bunion surgery is the worst? If I ever have to have surgery again, I’m avoiding winter.
This Canadian mama had her first surgery in May. It was a lovely 3 month recovery with 6 weeks in cast/aircast before jumping back into runners. The summer weather was delightful. I wore shorts. I went for walks with my scooter. I sat out on the deck with my foot up. I soaked up sunshine.
And my second surgery was in December. It was okay at first. I didn’t want to do anything but chill during the Christmas holidays, but four weeks post-op and I’m feeling this need to go for a run.
This bunion surgery recovery is harder because I can’t drive myself, but it’s also harder because the 3 feet of snow, and 2 inches of ice on my driveway keep me inside. The weather is frightful: damp, cold, freezing, and windy.
There are no days at the lake or playdates at the park.
It’s just me inside waiting for someone to come.
AirCast in the snow is a bad idea.
I did go to a New Years Day play date in the snow. It was a terrible idea. The fleece of my aircast was soaking wet from walking in the snow and the falling snow. After 10 minutes, I began to have this sensation of cold in the feet of my bones that was sharper and more intense than just being cold.
It’s uncomfortable to recover or be outside in an aircast in the snow. Walking into Costco in the slush is like walking in puddles with slippers on.
I see people ask about the aircast in the rain or snow, but I never see any practical solutions to what to do. The foam does dry quickly, and a fresh sock afterwards help. But, I think most of us hermit inside knowing it’s safe inside, at least from the physical ailments of the outdoors. The emotional, that’s another story.
4 Weeks is Tough
This is a tough week. It was last time too. I know that because of this blog post. I’m good, but I’m not good.
- My scar has healed over impeccably well (much better than last time).
- I can do things like a walk around Costco, and making dinner, but my foot still throbs and stings when I get a chance to sit down.
- I want to run a marathon, but a trip to Costco and I need a nap. My body is needing to release energy and it’s not sure how.
- It’s hard to sleep because I’m not physically tired.
- It’s challenging not being able to leave the house. I miss having control of my life and being able to visit friends, go to the park, take on the day, and buy a bag of jujubes when I want.
- My hips are beginning to feel out of alignment because one heal is higher than the other.
- A mild case of sadness is kicking in with a side of anxiety in the things I can’t do.
That’s where I’m at. To read more posts on my bunion surgery…