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Well, next week is my wonderful double bunion surgery. We're almost completely prepared for it - my husband has taken time off of work to care for me day of and after surgery and then my retired dad will step in and take over from there. We've already got the wheelchair and thankfully, my parents house is set up for wheelchair access due to my grandfather. So showering, bathroom, etc. won't be as difficult as it would be if our house couldn't accomodate a wheelchair.

Here are my questions:

What kind of ice packs did you buy and where did you get them? Was there some kind of special "pouch" you can purchase that will keep your foot dry yet keep the ice pack in one spot?

Were the boots given to you at the hospital or did you have to buy them elsewhere?

While on bed rest, what kinds of exercises did you do so that you didn't lose muscle? How many calories did you take in? Any problems with appetite?

Although I'm VERY anxious over this surgery (never been under the knife before), I am looking forward to it being over with. I've got a great doctor who came highly recommended - he's a sought after podiatric surgeon and I feel confident that he will do a great job. My feet are KILLING me as it is so I'm hoping everything goes well and my problems with my horrible bunions will fade.

Any and all advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!
[COLOR="Navy"][COLOR="DarkSlateBlue"]Hi, DKopp~ I had a double bunionectomy (and hammertoe surgeries) last May. I highly recommend that you look in the Healthboards archives to find two threads called “Double Bunionectomy Questions” from last spring (a second started after the first one got two long). Almost any issue you could think of got discussed on those threads. To answer your specific questions: For ice packs, I just used several packs of frozen peas with a towel wrapped around them. (Several so that I could keep rotating them as they thawed out) I did not have boots, only surgical sandals that were given to me at the hospital before I went home. I only had to use them for two weeks, then was told to start wearing extra wide gym shoes. I didn’t do any special exercises, but I wasn’t confined to bed long enough for it to be a big issue. I had some small hand weights I used occasionally. Except for maybe the first couple of days, I ate normally and surprisingly did not gain any weight. ((I was also nervous about that.) The main issue with food was to avoid getting constipated, as pain meds tend to cause it. Fiber pills or powder can help with that. Regarding buying things, one of my best purchases was a $1. plastic blow up inner tube to sit in—Sitting with your legs up puts a lot of pressure on the tailbone and before I got the inner tube, my butt was hurting more than my feet! The second most helpful thing I got was my son’s college dorm fridge—it was one of the larger ones with a freezer section. I put it right next to my bed--Having drinks, snacks, and icepacks at my fingertips was not only great for me, but saved my family a lot of wear-and-tear. I made sure that I had EVERYTHING I could thing of within reach—laptop computer (with wireless internet), tons of books, TV remote, iPod, phone, toiletries, meds, cereal, crackers, cookies, etc. I was even able to brush my teeth in bed with the use of a little kidney bean shaped spit up dish I got at the hospital (when I thought I might throw up). A bean bag was great for propping my feet on and a wedge pillow helped support my legs from the knees to the feet. Good pillows for leaning back on were also a necessity. A long body pillow between my husband and me during the night insured that he didn’t accidentally kick (or even touch!) my feet while sleeping. I also appreciated using one of those lap desks—sort of like a TV tray with a little bean bag thing under the flat surface—for eating as well, as working on things. I did not have to buy all of the above. Once I told friends what I needed, someone always knew someone who had and was happy to lend the items. I hope your surgery goes well. I am very glad I did had it done—It’s been about ten months since I had mine, and after decades of hurting, I am pain free, not to mention enjoying much nicer looking feet! Let us know how it goes. Best wishes, Kathy

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