I had surgery to correct my Hallux Rigidus two weeks ago; here is a recap of surgery day and an update.
Warning: the picture at the bottom is gross!
I arrived at the hospital and had very little wait time before I was taken to the back. This was good because the more I sat and thought about it, the more I started to worry. The nurse came in and instantly gave me the painkiller Oxycontin to help with the pain. I immediately started to panic thinking “Why do I need this BEFORE the surgery? How painful is this going to be?”
I should have asked for an anti-anxiety pill instead because at that point I was ready to BOLT! I don’t really remember it having any effect on me other than stress!
Next came the IV sedation, which is never fun. I have small veins and it just hurts to have that giant needle jammed into your hand. I was hoping to fall asleep fast, but no such luck. I remember being rolled into the operating room at which point I must have finally fallen asleep.
I woke up to a loud buzzing noise and after looking around—(still in operating room)–I realized it was the sound of the SAW that was hacking off the bone spur! I could hear the doctors talking (about the election, their weekend plans, etc) and I could see the clock (it was 10:05am, the operation started at 9:30). The only saving grace was that I could not feel a thing. It was completely surreal and reminded me of my favorite TV show Dexter.
I stayed in recovery for a bit and then managed to faint and throw up as they were releasing me. I like to leave an impression.
Recovery has been tough. I have about a 4 inch gash on the top of my foot. I could not walk the first few days and just moving my foot was extremely painful. The painkillers made me feel too nauseous so I skipped them altogether. I just sat on the couch, watched Lifetime, and whimpered. Meanwhile the laundry piled up, the kids were screaming, and the house looked like a cyclone hit it.
Slowly I have been able to start walking again, although my big toe still isn’t moving much. I am hopeful that when I get the stitches out next week, I will be able to flex and point with perfection. In the meantime, I am very paranoid that a child (or dog) is going to step on my foot and re-open the incision.
The jury is still out on whether or not this is a success. I have high hopes that I’ll be able to run again someday, although I will probably avoid any long distances. I have no desire to do this surgery again, so I plan to take extra care of my feet going forward.
My advice again, if you have an issue or pain–GET IT CHECKED OUT EARLY! It does not pay to wait and hope it goes away on it’s own.
For those of you that are not injured right now, please get up and get moving! Have a great weekend!