Wednesday, July 13, 2011

3 and a 1/2 weeks later

My feet are healing up pretty good.  A few days ago I started to get really dry skin around my toes.  Especially next to the stitch lines, where my stitches had once been.  I still had what looked like dried scabs over top of where the stitches were.  I started to pick at the dry skin and the skin started to peel off moving towards where the scabs were.  I kept peeling and the dried scabs came off with the dead skin.  So be prepared to have white dead skin on your toes that will just come right off.  I did this to all of my toes and what was left was wrinkles in my toes where the scar was.  My toes were now really pink because the skin was raw.  I have since been puting mederma on all my toes to help with the scaring.  They actually don't look so bad that when I wear flip flops, no one really even notices that I've had surgery.  My toes are still a little bit tender, but walking is not a problem.  My toes still cannot bend and my toes are still a little swollen.  3 days ago I played in my first Softball game since the surgery.  I had to get new cleats, since my foot is a half size bigger now to allow room for my toes.  I had minor pain, but I was happy to be playing again.  So far, the softball game is the only time I've worn shoes.  I'm still in flip flops so that my toes can air out and move freely.  I have attached a picture below of what my toes currently look like.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Day 12 - Stitches Come Out Early

Originally I wasn't supposed to get my stitches out until tomorrow, but I was going to be in the area of where my doctors office is located and they let me come in a day early to remove my stitches.  I was a little nervous having my stitches removed since I've never had stitches before.  He started with the pinky toe.  When he cut and pulled the stitch out, it felt like a long splinter being pulled out.  It stung a little bit.  The rest of the toes weren't so bad.  He pulled them all out in a matter of 5 minutes or so.  The scabs were already starting to form over the incisions so when he pulled the stitch out on some of the toes, a little blood started to come out, but nothing big.  Overall, my toes are straight, but they itch really, really bad.  I'm told that means the incisions are healing, but it is really annoying.  I can feel all of my toes, but when touching them on certain spots it still feels numb.  There are also white fleshy spots near the cuts.  Not sure what this is yet, but will keep an eye.  Also, my feet are so dry because of not being able to wash them for almost 2 weeks.  Once my toes heal I'm definitely getting a pedicure.  I am walking fine now with flip flops.  I just hope the scabs build up so they can fall off and I can start working on getting rid of the scars.  My daughter stepped on my pinky toe on my right foot and it started to bleed.  I wrapped it up for a day or so and now it's back to normal. 

Friday, June 24, 2011

Day 7 - Big Mistake

The day started off great.  My feet were feeling good, which meant I was walking a little more.  Bad mistake.  My husband and I drove 2 hours to pick up our 3 year old daughter who was at my parents house during the surgery process.  Which made things easier for my husband to take care of me.  We decided to take my daughter to a kiddie gym for a trial lesson.  She started going nuts when she saw all the gymnastics equipment.  She was jumping, running, bouncing, and swinging on everything.  The only problem with this was that the class was supposed to be a structured lesson, so I ended up chasing my daughter around the gym.  My husband doesn't do well with situations on discipline with his little princess in groups of people we aren't familiar with.  Anyways, while I was chasing my daughter I hit my toe on one of the gym mats.  OUCHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.  Later when I took the dressing off of my foot, I saw that I had been bleeding from one of my stitches.  I'm not sure if I busted the stitch or just bruised my toe a little, but it hurt.  The pain was so much I had to start taking the medicine I was issued from the doctor.  I'm really hoping my toe doesn't get infected and that I didn't bust a stitch.  The good news is the rest of my toes on my right foot and my left foot are feeling really good.  I hope this is just a minor hiccup and this won't slow down the healing process.  I will definitely be staying off my feet for the rest of the week.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Day 6 - The Unveil

Crazy day.  Originally I wasn't supposed to see my toes until tomorrow, but something weird happened this morning.  I was waking up this morning and I could feel someone staring at me.  When I opened my eyes, my husband was at the foot of the bed looking towards my feet.  Without even looking I asked him what he was looking at.  He then grabbed a bunch of guaze, which should have been on my foot, and held it in the air.  When I looked down I saw that the guaze wrap fell off of my right foot, I'm assuming, in the middle of the night.

The first thing I did was call the doctors office to find out what he wanted me to do.  They had me come in today instead of tomorrow.  He unveiled my left foot as well before re-wrapping both feet with a thin wrap this time.  I was able to wear my flip flops since they have a velcro adjustable strap.  Walking feels fine.  I think I'm still a little afraid to bend my toes so I make myself walk weird for no reason.

The pictures may look painful, but there is really minimal pain.  As long as I don't bang them up against anything I'm good.  I'm still not allowed to wash my feet, I'm guessing, due to the stitches so most of the red is dried blood.  The doctor told me to still take it easy and try to stay off my feet for 1 more week.  Things are definitely getting better. :)  I'm going out to dinner tonight since I'm feeling so much better.  Very excited to get out somewhere, other then the doctors office.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Day 5 - Things are Looking Up :)

O.K.  Last night I got up to go use the bathroom, made it into the bathroom and then felt extremely faint.  I'm not sure if it was the medicines overlapping, but I started to sweat like crazy and had to immediately lay down with an ice pack on my head.  My breathing became really short so I couldn't call for my husband.  It was a horrible feeling.  After about 4 minutes of laying on the bed I started to feel better and was able to get my husband upstairs to monitor me.  It was scary.  Needless to say since I'm not feeling any pain, I have stopped taking the medication.  Today on the other hand has been the best day so far.  I was able to get up and move around at a quicker pace then a 90 year old woman...and I'm 29 by the way.  I was able to walk downstairs on my own with pretty much no pain.  I'm still icing and elevating and can't wait until thursday to look at my toes.  I'm feeling so good that I think I will venture out to dinner tomorrow night.  I feel a little pressure when I stand up.  I'm guessing that's because of the blood rushing to my toes.  I tried to bend my toes slightly and I was able to do it with no pain.  The only toe that I can feel a little pain in is my pinky toe.  Other then that I feel like my recovery is coming along.  I still can't get the bandages wet so I'm still hanging the feet out of the shower and tub, which is kind of annoying.  I'll be posting a picture in 2 days.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Day 4 - Feeling Better

Surprisingly, today hasn't been that bad.  The pain seems to have subsided to a 1 and at times a 0.  I'm able to walk with minimal pain, which is awesome.  I've cut back on taking the pain medicine, which is even better considering I really don't like taking medicine.  Hopefully it only goes up from here.  I can't wait to see what my toes look like this Thursday.  I'm guessing that they will look a little mutilated and bloody considering I haven't been able to wash my feet for 4 days, but I'm sure under all the blood, and nastiness will be some straight toes. :)  Being a teacher I've been blessed to have my summers off and since my husband is a teacher as well he has been a tremendous help with all the meal cookings, ice pack rotations, etc.  Definitely if you are going to have this surgery you will need someone helping you 24-7.  On the positive side, I have been able to lay in bed, catch up on t.v., start reading a book I've had since september, and starting this blog.  I'm a person that is always on the go, so it's not so bad taking a break.

Day 2 & 3

I've grouped these 2 days together because during this time is when I felt the most pain.  The pain on a scale of 1 to 10 was about a 3 for me, but it was a nagging 3.  The doctor has me on Naperson and Hydrocodone, which when the medicine kicks in I feel great, but when it starts to wear off is when the annoying pain kicks in.  I've had to cut the Hydrocodone in half and take it in halves or my stomach gets upset.  I haven't been able to get out of the bed unless I have to go to the bathroom.  When I do get out of the bed to walk, I have this weird frankenstein walk where I don't bend the back of my knees and I walk on the heels of my feet.  It feels like my stitches are pulling and my toes are throbbing non stop.  Lukily I have my husband here to carry me back and forth to the bathroom so I don't have to put weight on my feet.  My feet have to stay elevated and iced.  My toes have a, fallen asleep, feeling where they are just constantly tingling.  I'm anxious to see the end result, which I won't get a glimpse of, until this thursday.   

Surgery Day - Day 1

I went into surgery at 6:45am.  My surgery started at 8am.  I was put to sleep and remembered nothing from the surgery.  When I woke up, I was in the recovery room with both feet bandaged.  I really couldn't feel my toes because of the novacaine they put on my toes in addition to the pain medicine.  I felt very queesy from the gas.  My stomach was upset, even though I hadn't eaten anything since 8pm the previous day.  The doctor had me take several deep breathes, which helped clear the gas out of my lungs.  I'm feeling o.k. about having the surgery.  Right now it doesn't seem to bad.  I'm just anxious to see the end result.

                         The hospital kindly gave me these wonderful frankenstein shoes :)

Getting Hammer Toe Surgery

Why did I decide to get this surgery??  Well, I'm 29 years old and I've always hated my toes.  My 2nd through 5th toe on both feet curl.  I never really noticed that my toes were a problem until around High School.  All the other girls had pretty straight toes with their toe nails painted and you could barely see that my toe nails were painted if you were looking down at my feet because my toes curled.  Around this time I decided to swear off flip flops and open toed shoes unless I had to wear them, ie. weddings.  If I'm around people I know I'm more self-concious about my toes.  If I'm going to be in a place where I don't know anyone then I will occasionally wear flip flops.  I served 8 years in the military, which put a strain on my feet constantly wearing combat boots.  When I entered the military I was issued boots that were to small, which further injured my feet.  I was constantly getting infected sores on the tops of my 3rd and 4th toe from the constant rubbing against the top of the toe box.  So much so, that I had to get the sores lanced off.  Needless to say, I needed surgery.

                                                                  Pre Operation Photo