29 Mar

Week Five(5)

I have gone swimming once (lovely to be in water!) and was able to wander around John Lewis for about half an hour with the help of one crutch. I still have pain and have to stop and put my foot up on a regular basis. I take ibuprofen and have bought curcumin (which is one of the composite parts of turmeric ) which is supposed to help with inflammation.

Please see bottom ofthe page ‘Before & After’ for latest information Jan 11th 2016

29 Mar

Monday Day 28

It has been a month since I had the Hyprocure inserted and I have to say that a month ago I would have expected that I would be almost back to normal by now. I am not. I wander around the house without crutches for awhile but my foot can start to hurt tremendously and I either have to put my foot up or use crutches. I am still on ibuprofen. There is no way that I would leave the house without my crutches and being transported  by car by husband/or friends. I will say that I make progress all the time but do slightly worry that the whole thing has not really gone as well as it should. These testimonials on the Gramedica website where people go to a Zumba class a few days after they have the procedure feel like fantasy – I am not saying they aren’t recovering that fast but are they really having the same thing done to their foot that I did?

scar is along a crease in my foot and is healing well

scar is along a crease in my foot and is healing well

another 2 weeks and it will be almost unoticeable

another 2 weeks and it will be almost unoticeable

29 Mar

Thursday Day 24 

I continue to ice my foot leaving little wet patches wherever I have been with the ice.  The sharp pain has dissipated and I walk very short distances without my crutches. I am more aware of an ache when I stand or walk for too long below and around my wound. I am keenly aware that Mr Kriss had suggested that I might be able to be walking without crutches by now but that seems a long way away. However the really extreme pain that I was having is only there occasionally. I am trying to take the view that if I improve in the next week at the same rate that I have improved in the last week, I will be in quite good shape.

29 Mar

Monday Day 21

Can it really be three weeks since I had the operation on my foot? I still have faint bruising on the top of my foot and underneath the wound area. The wound itself has separated into three scabs (three stitches?) and I can see that any scarring will be faint.

After taking ibuprofen the sharp pain seems to have subsided but my foot still feels achey after being on it longer than twenty minutes. I can stand on it without any pain after icing. I have noticed that occasionally in the last few days my crutches end up on the other side of the room. As the crutches are unlikely to have moved by themselves I have to assume that I have walked away from them (hanging onto furniture as I go).

wound after 3 weeks

wound after 3 weeks

29 Mar

Sunday Day 20

I have been worrying again about the amount of really excruciating pain I get off and on, and I have slowly discovered that I have a strange tingly sensation around my toes if I touch my ankle joint. I have also noticed when putting on my shoes that my ankle of my Hyprocure foot is swollen. Also my second to last toe is sore. I start reading some American Hyprocure blogs and one thing that hits me is that they all say that they are supposed to be icing their foot several times a day . I figure that it can’t hurt so I start icing too. My foot seems to feel so much better that I suspect that it may well be swollen inside as well. I decide to start taking ibuprofen too, to help with swelling.

29 Mar

Friday Day 18

To be able to bathe and shower feels fabulous and we make more forays into the real world. I am still terrible at this crutch thing though and seem to be regularly tripping up the people around me. Crutches though can be used for many things that I never thought possible. You can draw curtains, push light switches on and  off, use them like chop sticks to pick things up and poke people with them. You can also nearly kill yourself with crutches , if you get  the placement wrong going down stairs. My foot aches when I have been upright for any length of time and am always glad to put it up.

putting feet up

putting feet up

29 Mar

Wednesday Day 16

Today is the day to have my follow up appointment. Mr Kriss removes the stitches puts a plaster on and pronounces the wound healthy. I can’t say how lovely it is not  have a bandage and can hardly wait to have a good scratch! He shows me how the movement of my foot is less when it is moved from side to side. Apparently I had a size seven stent put in – generally a six is used. This is because my joints are so lax and loose I think. He asks me about the pain and I find it hard to explain that sometimes I have a tremendous sharp pain and sometimes nothing. He reminds me it is early days. He doesn’t say it but I feel he would like to remind me that I am probably at the older end of his Hyprocure patient scale. He tells me to keep using the crutches to bear my weight for at least the next week or so and practise gripping the floor with my toes. Mr Kriss says he will see me in six weeks time – and I am sent off for x-rays.

day of stitches removal

day of stitches removal

stitches being removed

stitches being removed

cu of stitch removal

cu of stitch removal

patched - ready to go!

patched – ready to go!

29 Mar

Saturday Day 13

After yesterday’s experience I rest my foot as I find it aches if I don’t keep it up.   I find that I am developing monster callouses on my left hand (oddly not my right as I might have suspected) from using the crutches.

29 Mar

Friday Day 12 

We decide that I have been inside for way too long and decide to go out for lunch. My husband drops me just a little way from Pizza Express while he goes to park the car. I have to negotiate a patch of cobbles, a dipped curb and then (oh My God) two steps into the restaurant. I suddenly feel terribly infirm and exposed on crutches. We have a good lunch but I long for home and when I get back I go to bed and sleep for a couple of hours.

29 Mar

Thursday Day 11

My foot has much less pain but even with crutches I am not walking anything that approaches normally. In spite of all the hype this is clearly not going to get better over night and I resign myself to the fact that it will be a quite few weeks before I am properly walking.

29 Mar

Wednesday Day 10

I email Mr Kriss as I am now experiencing severe pain. He suggests that I may be doing way too much and that when walking I should be letting the crutches take more of the weight. However I should be attempting to walk normally not just on my heel. I try to rest and find by the end of the day it seems to be a bit better.

29 Mar

Tuesday Day 9

I keep trying to walk through my foot ( i.e. not just walk on my heel ) still using crutches partial weight bearing. I transferred into a trainer after the bandage was changed. However it seemed to irritate the wound so I found a pair of rubbery sandals that accommodates the new bandage.The pain is still fairly excruciating around where the wound is and on top of my foot. I decide I have just down too much and am back to walking with my weight on my heel.

29 Mar

Monday Day 8

Rather than doing the trip down the motorway back to the hospital I am going to our local doctor’s for a wound check and new bandage.  Nurse Rachel ( well known to us as she has sorted out various of our families dings and wounds) removes my now shredded old bandage. I have a black bruise on the top of my foot and the wound site looks decidedly purple but she pronounces it healthy. It looks like there are about three stitches (very neatly done) but the actually wound looks slightly bigger than I expected. The bruising seems to co-ordinate with my pain. I now have a less bulky bandage and it is a relief to get rid of the old bundle of bandages.

discarded original pad and bandage

discarded original pad and bandage

the wound ready to be re-bandaged

the wound ready to be re-bandaged

applying a fresh medicated patch

applying a fresh medicated patch

a fresh bandage

a fresh bandage

almost finished

almost finished

However that night I cannot sleep because of the pain which seems to be on the top of my foot going down to my toes. I like to think that this is a good healing pain but feel a bit worried.

29 Mar

Sunday Day 7

I wake up and find that for the first time I am in real pain. I suspect it may have something to do with the fact that I am walking around so much more. My bandage is now in a real mess and I finally pull the stuffing that is coming out from between my toes. A huge mound of it comes out as well as a thick pad of blue surgical gauze. The whole things is still so uncomfortable that I am longing for the new bandage to be put on.

uncomfortable bandage slips

uncomfortable bandage slips

discarded original pad and bandage

discarded original pad and bandage

bandage continues to get worse

bandage continues to unravel/get worse

29 Mar

Saturday Day 6

My husband has to work away for the day so I am left to my own devices. I find getting around a bit easier and spend a lot of time trying to do little things. However being on crutches is just so difficult. I made myself a sandwich but couldn’t carry it any where so had to eat it leaning up against the kitchen counter.