I wrapped my foot in a plastic garbage bag yesterday and secured it with duct tape so I could shower. I used our small walk-in shower instead of mine which is in a bathtub. I had to use the three walls to balance myself because I can put no weight on my right foot yet. It is cooling off here so I slipped on some yoga pants and a tank top but by the time I got dressed I was over heated so changed back into shorts. I was going to blow dry my hair but the shower and getting dressed wore me out so I just pulled my hair into a ponytail. I did all this so I could get to my 5:00 p.m. post-op appointment. Keith dropped me off as close as he could and then he went and parked. I hobbled along on my crutches to the doctor's office and plopped down on a chair in the waiting room. Phew, we made it. Keith went up to the receptionist to check in for me. He told her I had a 5:00 appointment. "Oh, she has a 5:00 phone appointment. Dr. is going to call her." When I was leaving the surgery center, we (Keith, Sara and I) heard I had a post-op appointment and none of us heard "phone".
I get a call from a nurse a few minutes later telling me Dr. had to go to the hospital so he was unable to do his phone appointments last night, he would call me in the morning. He called this morning at 8:45.
Doctor: Are you doing okay?
Me: Depends on what you mean by "okay".
Doctor: Are you in any pain?
Me: Yes, actually! I've been in quite a bit of pain. I'm not what you would call a wimp either, I have a pretty strong pain threshold.
Doctor: Well, we may have to reclassify you then. Out of all the patients I have talked to, you're the only one complaining of pain. Many of the other surgeries were more extensive than yours.
Thanks Doc! I feel a whole lot better now. He already told me in my pre-op appointment that I wouldn't even need pain killers after the first night. I wonder if he's every had this particular surgery.
Doctor: Have you been elevating, icing?
Me: I have been doing everything I am supposed to do. I have been elevating with three pillows, day and night. Icing under my knee, right?
Doctor: Try icing your foot too, that may help. If it's not 50% better by this time tomorrow, call and make an appointment for me to see you Thursday or Friday.
I have been icing my FOOT since then and the pain is substantially better. Instead of two Vicodin every four hours, I am taking one Vicodin every six hours. This means of course, that I'm awake more which means I am already bored out of my mind. BORED, I tell ya.
I did ask Keith to get the Total Home Gym set up for me to use tonight. I guess I could read up on how to use it.
My next appointment is on October 15th. I did clarify - it is an office visit.