So the day after we got back from BM, I went in for surgery on my toe at 9 am. Overall, it has been a much better surgery experience than I had last year with my knee which is a good thing because I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to have my other knee done fairly soon and it's good to know a better place to have ortho surgery.
My anesthesiologist's name was Dr. Cabaret. I'm not kidding. That's fantastic enough. DB and I kept calling him Dr. Cabernet. Anesthesiologists are always soo cool. I'm sure it's because they can get legal drugs. ;-) Anyway, I told Dr. C about how I didn't like how I came out of anesthesia last time and he promised to try to help. Well, he did a great job. This time, even though the surgery was much longer and more extensive than last time, I came out quickly, no horrible shivers, etc. He gave me a nerve block on my lower leg so I suspect they didn't have to give me so much narcotic.
I also got great post-op instructions (last time I got virtually NONE) and really really good pain meds (even though I had to go through the morphine withdrawal, it was worth it because I only had one day of real -- but bearable with the meds -- pain).
When I woke up from the surgery I found that I had a pin sticking out the end of my toe. Yes, yucky. They had told me I wouldn't have to have that, but the damage was too severe when they got in there. :-( I also have three other smaller pins inside my toe. I could show you the X-rays, but I'm afraid it might gross you out. I also learned that I couldn't shower for TWO WEEKS after the surgery. This was less disturbing to me than it might have been since I had a bunch of no-rinse shampoo, conditioner and body wash left over from Burning Man. But, believe me, after two weeks, you want a REAL SHOWER.
So I have muddled through the past two weeks during which time we have had two days of movers (one for just moving stuff that was already here, one for moving stuff in from storage). All our possessions are now on premises -- I spent last weekend unpacking. Probably did too much since the doc today said my toe was a little swollen.
Oh yeah, today was the big post-op appt. with the doc. They took off the dressings -- YUCK -- I almost threw up when I saw the blood on the interior dressings and when I saw the actual Frankentoe?? I had to lie down. Oy, can't even think about it...yucky. Bottom line is that I have to have the pin in my toe for at least 3 more weeks, then maybe it will come out. This means no regular shoes (I'm in a post-op sandal) and no walking regularly. I can't walk the dog. I can't bike. I finally realized I can probably do floor pilates. Otherwise, my butt will continue to spread. I'm terrified to get on the scale...with vacation, surgery, move, etc. I have been very sucky with food. And, of course, NO exercise really with the Frankentoe.
OK, the GOOD news today? I get to shower!!!!!!! Had one tonight and it would have been bliss if it didn't take so long (I can't stand up properly...my other knee is totally swollen from over-compensating) and if I didn't have to be so careful not to get too much water on the Frankentoe. It's hurting tonight more than it has in a long time and so I'm not doing all the stuff I should do tonight and just heading for bed soon.
So that brings us pretty up-to-date. I'm so happy that you enjoyed the BM post and Lori even wants to come!!! My job here is done. ;-)