on my right foot. On Wednesday I went to see my orthopedist surgeon. They x-rayed my arm and foot, removed the splint on the foot and my stitches and then put the new cast on.
Eddy the cast room guy did a great job with my new cast. It looks very nice. The only issue I have is that my toes are exposed. Yes, that’s a good thing because they have to keep an eye on the toes to make sure all is okay. But I seriously need a pedicure and I can’t reach my foot with my bum arm! I would spring for a professional pedi but I don’t have anyone to give me a ride. If I could reach the toes I would have painted them to coordinate with my lovely cast.
They also finally said I could remove the fracture brace from my arm, but I have to put it back on three times a day when I do my PT exercises. PT is working with me on range of motion exercises and a few small isometrics. The doctor doesn’t want me doing anything more strenuous with the arm for a while.
I go back to the doctor next on July 17 at which time they will remove the cast on my leg/foot. My doc said I will not be putting weight on the foot until 10 weeks after my surgery. The normal time frame is 6-10 weeks and I think he looked at my arm x-ray and made that 10-week determination based on how slowly I’ve been healing there. I’m a pretty patient person, and I really want these injuries to be healed completely and without causing related injuries (like the arthritis in my left foot).
After my cast comes off the doctor mentioned they would put me in some kind of a boot and I could get around a bit on crutches. But when he said that I think it’s possible he forgot about my arm for a moment. I don’t know if my arm will be strong enough in a month for me to weightbear on crutches, especially if his instruction for PT is “work on full range of motion first, 10 pound limit!” I emailed him to get some clarification. It could be I will be in a wheelchair a while longer.
In the meantime I’ve given up on the idea of a knee scooter as a transitional tool. Between the continuing weakness of my right arm and arthritis in my left foot, I decided I do not want to risk an accident like what happened to another patient of my doctor. She fell off the knee scooter and broke a hip! I think I have enough fractures to deal with without that.
Tomorrow I begin working halftime from home in earnest. In about 3 weeks I’m hoping to be back at the office. We’ll see how it all goes.
In the meantime, my mood goes up and down with the day. Some days are just harder than others. Some days I’m fine and on an even keel. Others I have little meltdowns when I realize “wow, in an instant look what my life has come to!”
I’m thankful that I get to go out to PT once a week. It’s nice to get out of the house. We are getting a little stir crazy in here. Much of the time I cannot see even what the weather is doing outside. If we open the drapes, the glare is too much in the computer room for my hubby to see his computer screen. So we leave the drapes closed. Sometimes when he is occupied in another room I ask him to open the drapes in the computer room so I can see the weather and have the light.
I have a friend who has been taking me to my PT appointments. On Friday after she brought me home she sat out front with me on a bench so I could sit next to her and she could show me pictures and video on her iPad from her recent trip to England. It was so nice to sit outside for a few minutes and feel somewhat “normal.”
The doctor has me weaning off the major pain meds I was taking. I really want to be off those meds so I’m living with a bit more achiness than before. I am totally off the oxycontin now and only once in the last couple of days have I resorted to taking a percocet. Sometimes it’s the foot that bugs me, sometimes the other foot and its arthritis, sometimes the arm which is not accustomed to being without its brace, sometimes muscles in my side/abdomen from too much sitting, and sometimes arthritis in my fingers. In other words, it just feels like I’m getting old in the way that my mother always had pain from her arthritis and said she was “getting old.”
Overall I’m doing okay. Today was better than yesterday.