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July 24, 2016

(Photo: 1 week post-op)

Post-Op Issues

 It’s been 5 days since my last post. Unfortunately, my incision was infected and the pain got worse. So much for being off all pain meds! Along with taking a strong antibiotic, I was told it was time to start walking on my left foot—boot on, of course. I had kept all weight off the foot for a full week, using crutches and a walker I called my scooter. When my surgeon asked why, I said, “because that’s what you told me to do.” He had said, “complete bed rest for a week”. Now, at the 1-week post-op he seemed dumbfounded. He apologized for the “miscommunication”, and told me I should have been walking (boot on) day 1. I compensated by immediately hurling myself into weight-on, full-out walking around the house. Consequently my bruising increased, pain increased exponentially, and I had to resort to one percoset each afternoon at around 4pm.

Enough. I’m doing all right but have some real concerns. The foot doesn’t look that much different—after all this work. Maybe (I hope) it’s the swelling, but I expected my big toe to point straight and the ball joint to be barely noticeable. Will have to see the Xray this Weds. at my 2-week post-op visit. This time, I’m determined to make him show me a side-by-side Xray with the before and after shots. Meanwhile, he also gave me an exercise I’m doing religiously twice a day, working the big toe up and down.

In my next post I’ll share the Surgery Protocol!

 

 

About the author:

Sue Rose has studied whole food nutrition and alternative therapies for over 40 years. She learned from some of the top physicians in the country, including Dr. Geoff and Cheri Jones, founders of the Jones Institute for Advanced Medicine (Preventive and Anti-Aging Medicine), Oak Brook, Illinois; Dr. Jonathan Miller, (classical homeopathy), San Francisco, California; Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Founder, Institute of Body-Mind Centering (movement re-education and hands-on repatterning), Amherst, Massachusetts; and Dr. John Upledger, Founder, The Upledger Institute (cranio-sacral therapy), Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. As a Certified Nutritional Counselor, Sue helped her clients lose weight, regain their positive outlook, improve memory, and increase their energy. Today, she writes books to help people uncover their intrinsic vitality and live healthier, happier lives.

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