It’s been a week since my surgery. I’ve been getting used to life in a full-leg cast. I had a follow up appointment with Dr. Katz on Monday. He said I’m clear to do anything the cast allows as long as it does not cause pain; so no restriction on exercise, walking, etc. I am using muscles I don’t normally use to move in ways I don’t normally use; and my leg is getting used to the ever-presence of the cast (rubbing, chafing, etc.). My “standing stamina” is improving, though I can’t seem to get comfortable while standing. Today I realized that my LL Bean slippers, while very nice for lounging, are not practical daily wear. After over 2 hours straight of standing for meetings/calls (I work from home right now) my left heel was hurting a lot. I managed to figure out how to slip on my sneakers and wow, that felt a lot better! Yesterday I made a single lap on our very short street (3 houses each side). Today I’ll do 2.
Next Wednesday, at the 2 week mark, I go to have a chunk of the cast removed for wound/incision inspection and staple and/or stitch removal. I’ll probably just end up with a whole new cast, which I’ll have for another 4 weeks. I’m still unsure of the mechanics of what the doctor actually did while he was in there. I’ve seen a few different procedures on YouTube, but am not sure which one was done to me. I will find out if I can.
Thinking of you, Romeyn!