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Hi Twinx,
I'm so sorry you're having to go through the surgery all over again! I had double bunionectomies on 12/20/10 and am now almost 6 weeks post op. Yes, it was awful for the first couple of weeks, but I know everyone is different. I hope you won't have such a hard time. There is definitely some good wisdom here from other bunionectomy survivors, including the posts from a few years ago. I do recommend that you have one or more people who can help out while you recover -- get you groceries, bring you tea, meals, and creature comforts. Be prepared to spend most of your time in bed with your feet elevated. Ice packs on youer feet can help a lot too. As for bathing, the people who rigged up a seat in the tub and a shower hose had a good idea going. (I've been bathing at the sink for 6 weeks and am pretty darn tired of it!)

Anyway, I do want to offer you a voice of encouragement and hope. My pain has subsided considerably now and I'll be going in for my 6 week post-op appt. on Monday. I'll have a follow-up X-ray and am hoping to get out of the Aircast boots and into post-op shoes. ...I'm back to work almost fulltime (I have a sit-down job) and am driving with the post-op shoe short distances. From what people say, the healing is a long process.

Good luck to you!
JC
[QUOTE=Screechie;4672779]Hi Twinx,
I'm so sorry you're having to go through the surgery all over again! I had double bunionectomies on 12/20/10 and am now almost 6 weeks post op. Yes, it was awful for the first couple of weeks, but I know everyone is different. I hope you won't have such a hard time. There is definitely some good wisdom here from other bunionectomy survivors, including the posts from a few years ago. I do recommend that you have one or more people who can help out while you recover -- get you groceries, bring you tea, meals, and creature comforts. Be prepared to spend most of your time in bed with your feet elevated. Ice packs on youer feet can help a lot too. As for bathing, the people who rigged up a seat in the tub and a shower hose had a good idea going. (I've been bathing at the sink for 6 weeks and am pretty darn tired of it!)

Anyway, I do want to offer you a voice of encouragement and hope. My pain has subsided considerably now and I'll be going in for my 6 week post-op appt. on Monday. I'll have a follow-up X-ray and am hoping to get out of the Aircast boots and into post-op shoes. ...I'm back to work almost fulltime (I have a sit-down job) and am driving with the post-op shoe short distances. From what people say, the healing is a long process.

Good luck to you!
JC[/QUOTE]
Hi Screechie,

I just wanted to thank you for your information and advice. Its good to know there are others out there who have also had the op on both feet. I also wanted to apologise for only replying now, I just came back from my honeymoon, which I had to plan before the operation. Im having the op next week (22 February). Im getting nervous now, but I realised on my honeymoon that I definitely do need to have it as I struggled with my walking due to my feet. Ive started preparing meals in advance and will continue this week as well. (Thank goodness for deepfreezers!!) And Ive also stocked up on books as I love reading (thank heavens for that). :D
Well, thank you again, and Im very glad to know your pain has subsided.
Oh yes,I wanted to ask you, can you see a noticeable difference in your feet now?

Regards

C
Hi Twinx--

I understand your nervousness about having both feet done. I felt the same as you a couple of weeks ago and almost cancelled my surgery I was so afraid.

I had both feet done a week ago today. I had an Akin osteotomy on both feet and also had a tailor's bunion removed from each foot. The surgery lasted an hour and a half followed by two hours in recovery. I felt great when I left the hospital but by late that evening I was in considerable (not unbearable pain). It was tough but got better in the next 24 hours. After 5 days, I didn't have to take pain meds.

The first week flew...now I've begun the toughest part of the whole process...lack of mobility. However, I have a lightweight wheelchair, a walker with wheels, and a portable potty/shower chair/toilet seat handles to make my life easier...THANKFULLY!! I didn't plan on using the potty chair as a potty but it really made my life (and feet) easier!!! Not having to walk very far during the middle of the night to go to the bathroom was a relief.

My husband has been with me since surgery and will take one more week off. There is no way I could have made it the first week without help. He's fixed food, brought me drinks, made sure my feet were iced the first couple of days after surgery and has applied the ice packs since...not to mention keeping up with my meds, calling the doctor/nurse, and maintaining the household. Each day gets a bit easier.

For now, I'm staying on the laptop alot, I also have an Ipad which is great because it's easy to carry around...especially with the shoulder strap case...also, the battery lasts for days so you don't have to worry about charging it everyday. I signed up for Netflix, ordered the Harry Potter boxset of books, and watch TV.

Forgot to mention, I can bear weight on my feet...partial weight bearing, that is. I overdid it a bit with my walker yesterday and my feet have been a bit sore today. Right now I have both feet upright and icing with bags of frozen peas. Oh, and I do have to wear the "cute' surgical shoes over my bandages/wedges.

We'll all get through this. Mind over matter. The lack of mobility is the worst part of it all!!!! I got very discouraged yesterday wondering how I'll stay at home this long....especially as it takes 3 times longer to do everything. Then I decided that I can get through this with a positive attitude because my mobility has been taken away only TEMPORARILY, NOT PERMANENTLY. Others are not so fortunate.

Sorry to ramble...I just noticed your post in my quest to find everything on the Internet about bunion surgery and recovery. I'll check back with you in a day or so. Don't worry...the surgery and recovery has not been that bad. It's just an extreme that weren't not accustomed to in this fast paced world. Try to think of it as a time you'll get to rest and not have to be on a schedule. Thank goodness for computers and the Internet!!!!!

Take care!!!!





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