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The Reveal

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Five days ago I had surgery on my right foot. I knew that I would have a tendon repair but the doctor wasn't 100% sure of what he was going to find. As it turned out, both tendons needed repair. The longus was torn and could be stitched but the brevis has a 2-1/2 inch segment that was totally frayed. The doctor cut that segment out and attached the ends of the brevis to the longus. I am in a non-weightbearing cast for six weeks. That won't be the end of it but that'll be the point at which I can bear weight.

Yesterday I went to the doctor to have the dressing changed. They removed the cast and all the dressing and...it looked so great!! I am a bit swollen and quite bruised. The incision was 5-1/2 inches long and I have lots of stitches. The pain is minimal but I do need a pain med from time to time.

The doctor tells me this is an old injury. I am glad to hear that because there were many people in my life telling me that all the walking I was doing caused the injury. Perhaps it made surgery necessary earlier but we think the original tear in the tendon happened back in 2006 when I fell on ice and sprained (I thought) my foot. I didn't go to the doctor and attributed my slow healing rate to my age.

I have a very hard time sitting around the house all day. I am just not that kind of person and I really, really miss walking the dogs. Still, this might be easier than that time when I will be able to walk but not very much. Ultimately the doctor says I should be able to walk an hour at a brisk pace on level ground. I can live with that and who knows, it might be more!
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    Glad it's looking good, missed your blog yesterday, don't know how other than I've been working on paper work for the courts. I'll get there, but it has to be sooner rather than later.
    I came by to check on you as I've been missing connecting with you and I knew you had gone to the doctor. Take care, follow Dr's directions and take up knitting or crocheting, or maybe some other hand craft.
    Still praying for a complete recovery.
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    1906 days ago

    And how nice was it to air that baby out? LOL

    This recovery from your surgery is kind of like other aspects of the spark journey. We need to take it one little step at a time.....hmmm...that requires patience....and perseverance....and creativity....(dealing with the necessity to find alternative methods for calorie burn and meeting nutritional needs).

    You have learned all the tools to make it happen and I know you will get through this with additional lessons for all of us! emoticon
    1907 days ago
    So glad for the good report and send wishes for a speedy recovery:)
    1908 days ago
    That is good news, Janet!
    1908 days ago
    I'm glad you are looking at this so positive. And so glad the pain is manageable. Time will heal this wound, and you will be out walking by the time the weather is good. In the meantime, enjoy the books you have on your Kindle.
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    emoticon I am a great reader so I think I would take this opportunity to get more reading done. I wish you success with your foot and don't do too much too soon. emoticon
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