Table of contents for Tendon Madness
- So I am having fucking surgery
- Gimp Life, Day One
- Day 8 – Recovery from Peroneal Tendon Surgery
- Day 15 – Post Surgery Cast Change
- Day 21 – Recovery From Peroneal Tendon Surgery
- Day 27 – Emotional Cacophony
- Day 28 – Castaway Day
- Day 35 – The Walkinating
- Scar and Leftover Stitch
- Day 42 – Two Weeks Walking
- Week Seven – Slowly Slowly and (Probably) Surely
- Tendon Surgery Recovery Day Six Million and Five (71)
- Footarama Drama – Day 79
Yesterday I had what will likely be my last follow-up with my surgeon. I had many questions and areas of concern, but he was very happy with my progress and alleviated a lot of my worry.
My main area of concern was the continuing pain, especially pain that gets worse when I am not using my foot, mostly when driving with the left foot flexed at a 90 degree angle, and when lying in bed. The explanation for this is that when I am walking, the tendon and muscles are being constantly and gently stretched. When I stop moving and set the foot in one position or lie down, everything responds to the recent movement and stretching by tightening up, which causes the pain. Also, the blood flow to the site is lessened, which leads to more tightness and more pain. So that’s normal, he says.
Pain and tenderness on the scar are to be expected, and numbness that might last forever, but will likely be gone in a year, he said. I have to be careful what shoes I wear, so I don’t rub the scar raw without feeling it.
My other concern was just that the pain was still THERE at all, that it wasn’t gone now. He said that actually with my activity this past month (stomping around hospitals much of the time) he would have been happy if my progress had held steady, but I have actually improved. He thinks that I am back on a normal recovery pattern/pace and that in about one month (mid August) I should be able to do household tasks and chores and make trips to the grocery store without significant pain. Maybe even walk the dogs for a few minutes a day. He said that October (six months post surgery) is when I should expect to just walk around without thinking about it, just walk out of the house and not remember that I had surgery. So that’s a way in the future, but it’s something to look forward to. I am not happy to be in pain, but I am happy to discover that the pain is not abnormal.
For now my prescription is to rest, take it easy, stretch and work gently on getting back to normal. He said “don’t overdo it” is different for everyone, and while it’s OK to push through “some” pain, it’s not OK to really push hard. So I guess I will just have to see how that goes. He said that at this point he’s just playing cheerleader to me, and that as long as I am careful, don’t over strain and don’t walk on uneven surfaces, I should be fine, there is no need to come and see him again.
I was so relieved to realize that I had officially Made It Through this process that I sat in the parking lot and cried. When I found out I had to have this surgery I was completely devastated, despondent and anxious for months. I really thought there was no way I could mentally, and perhaps even physically, deal with what they were asking me to go through. Knowing that it’s pretty much officially over, that I did it, I made it, I survived, I succeeded—it was quite a moment. I am glad I recognized the moment when it came, and had a chance to be relieved and grateful.
This will, if all goes well, be the last entry in this particular series. I hope that it’s been helpful for you if you are planning to go through, or currently going through something similar. You can always read my blog to see how I am currently doing, or drop me a line/comment on any of the posts here to ask a specific question, but I do believe I am done with information that might be helpful to those recovering.
If you’re planning something similar, good luck to you. I hope you have the help you need and can access the tools that will make your life easier. I wish you a speedy and painless recovery.