I can say with certainty that THE most important part of our body is the foot! If something goes wrong with it, it sucks! 🙂
I may never wear heels again – as a preventative measure.
After a couple of nights of abnormal pain (of a more intensive kind than I had been having) my doctor had me go in and he cut off the cast to have a look. It was just as I suspected – covering stitches with a cast is just not a good idea! The section along the side of my foot has been "weeping" and is "soft" but not really infected. I am going onto antibiotics anyway.
A patch, about 2" square, below my toes is dead. The doctor called it numb. I call it d-e-a-d! The hideous, stinging, burning pain goes from the second last toe (which is also dead along with the little toe) through that dead square to the outer ankle bone. It is weird that something so dead can be feeling such pain! The doctor assures me that it is just numb and that feeling is going to come back, but that it might take up to 6 months. I have to say that all those screaming nerves are way past irritating!
So, after dolloping some antibiotic cream on the stitches, a new cast was put on, my Lyrica dosage was increased and I got a script for antibiotics. I requested a green cast today, but they had run out of that so I went back into purple. (I resisted the urge to go with pink – too much Cindy McCain).
I can move my toes – but not much. While I was lying on my stomach having the new cast put on the doctor asked me to wriggle my toes. Then he repeated it. I said "I AM" … LOL. It felt like moderate movement to me but must have actually been pretty miniscule! My homework is to keep wriggling whenever I think of it – it will help the nerves re-establish themselves and will help loosen the tendon which is going to be tight with all that stitching.
I took my camera today and took some photos of the stitches. I don't want to gross anyone out so I won't post them here in the actual post but I will put one in the "photo" section for the ghouls or curious.
Here is one I can share – the discarded cast. It is sort of scary having it sawn off but the little blade will not cut skin – it quite literally will not cut skin.
With the exception of two days after the surgery (when I was heavily bandaged & had a splint on) I have now been in a cast since July 18th ! And, I have 4 more weeks to go! One more week off work – one more week of daytime telly!