So I saw my Physical Therapist today. We have a goal to get me walking like normal again by the end of February. As I've heard other people give dates like six months, I was a little surprised.
She took measurements of both my feet so that she could compare. My right foot is still swollen and she said post operative swelling can take a long time to go away, so I am not too worried.
Next, she checked my range of motion. She was surprised at the range of motion in my good foot. She said the range of motion in my healing foot is within what is expected.
Finally, she had me lay down and she raised my feet up. After that, she put a wet sock with points to attach electrodes on me. Of course, she did attach electrodes and then wrapped my ankle in ice. She had me turn up the power for the electrodes to whatever was comfortable. I cranked it up to about 45 at first, but had to back it down to 30 after a while. I laid through that for 12 minutes and then I was on my way.
I have 14 more appointments, including two in the pool - or at least that is what my measly insurance will cover.
So I finally got around to calling the ortho's office today. I had a legitimate question: was he going to put me in a walking cast or using a walker? I mean, if the latter, then I would need to come prepared with a right shoe. The gal I spoke to seemed annoyed by my questioning. I'm sorry, I don't carry around my other shoe with me all the time. I don't expect to suddenly have my cast magically come off and then I'll get up and start doing some soft shoe. If it's who I think it is in his office, then she has always had an attitude problem. She's the only one in the office I really dislike speaking to. All the other ladies, both office and nurses, have been wonderfully nice. Heck, the ortho has been pretty good, too, if really busy.
So I have one week to go in the cast. I am so ready to get this damn thing off!
As it stands, I've been having some weird feelings in my ankle/foot. I'm not sure what it's from. It isn't painful, just...weird. I think it's just the cast.
Oh, have I mentioned that when I have my foot for a while and the swelling goes way down, I can almost slide my cast off? It isn't often that my ankle/foot at the point where I could that, though. I will admit that I have been tempted to try and see if i could manage to get it off, but given that it could screw my ankle up, I've opted not to.
One bit nastiness, though. I've been wrapping my leg in a plastic bag while taking a shower, however some water inevitably makes its way into the bag and the cast. As a result, it would seem that the dead skin on the bottom of my foot started adhering to the stocking, so I had to work a bit of flat thin metal in there and seperate things. I'm not sure if I separated dead skin from my foot or dead skin from the stocking. Either way, that stocking is going to be thoroughly nasty.
Today is shaping up to be one of the most painful in a while and I don't know why.
If it gets worse, I may hit the wife up for some Oxycontin when I get home.
(I got a prescription for it when I had my vasectomy, but only took a couple of the pills. Since then, Sunny has been in charge of them as I am afraid that my predisposition to addiction might lead to bad things.)
On the plus side, that one toe that was hurting is hurting a lot less.
It's not that it itches(I've been blissfully spared of any real itching) or anything, I just want this fucking cast off my leg! 18 more days...