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MY ENCOUNTERS WITH THE DOCTOR FOR MY POST OP

Posted by MARISA on 7/02/03 at 13:21 (123445)

HELLO EVERYONE,
YESTERDAY I WENT TO THE DOCTOR'S FOR MY POST OP AFTER 12 DAYS SINCE MY SURGERY. I HAVE TO SAY THAT I WAS PRETTY TAKEN BY HOW BIG MY INCISION IS. IT'S ABOUT 5 INCHES, AND ALTHOUGH I KNOW IN MY HEART THAT THE INCISION IS THE LAST OF MY WORRIES FOR SOME REASON I REALLY LET IT UPSET ME. I AM MORE CONCERNED NOW WITH MY RECOVERY. THE SWELLING WAS MINIMAL THANKS TO MY HUSBAND THAT ALWAYS HAS AND STILL MAKES SURE THAT I ALWAYS HAVE AN ICE PACK NEAR BY. I DID HEMORAGE THE FIRST DAY RIGHT AFTER MY SURGERY BECAUSE I SLIPPED WHEN I GOT UP. MY HUSBAND WAS TOLD BY THE DOCTOR TO RE-COVER THE EXISTING GAUZE WITH MORE AND IT DID STOP THE BLEEDING. THE DOCTOR'S ASSISTANT TELLS ME THAT PEOPLE THAT BLEED SEEM TO HEAL FASTER FOR REASONS THAT SHE REALLY COULDN'T EXPLAIN, BUT WHATEVER. THEY WERE AMAZED HOW MY FOOT REALLY HAD NO BRUISING.
ANYWAY, MY STITCHES ARE OUT FROM BOTH THE TTS SURGERY AND THE PLANTAR FASCITIS. I START PT NEXT WEEK. THEY SENT ME ON MY WAY WITH MINIMAL INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO EXERCISE MY FOOT AND TOLD ME TO START PUTTING WEIGHT ON IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. MY FOOT IS AS STIFF AS A FROZEN POPSICLE AND I KNOW MOVING IT WILL MAKE THE WORLD OF DIFFERENCE. NOW THE DOCTOR SAYS I WILL KNOW IN 3 MONTHS WHETHER THIS SURGERY WAS SUCCESSFUL. I WILL SEE HIM IN ANOTHER MONTH. I NEVER ASKED HIM WHAT HAPPENED TO HIS 6 WEEK RECOVERY TIME?
ANYWAY, I KIND OF FEEL LIKE A BIRD THAT HAS FALLEN OUT OF THE NEST. ONLY BECAUSE AFTER READING UP ON POST OP, I HAVE NEVER READ ANYTHING ABOUT BEING PUT ON MY FOOT THIS EARLY IN TIME. IT IS KIND OF SCARY. THEN AGAIN MY DOCTOR HAS BEEN DOING NERVE SURGERY FOR OVER 15 YEARS AND IS A SPECIALIST IN THE FIELD. I HAVE TO BELIEVE THIS IS THE RIGHT THING.
THANKS FOR LISTENING AND HAVE A GREAT DAY. I REALLY ENJOY READING ANY AND ALL FEEDBACK. BYE.BYE.

Re: MY ENCOUNTERS WITH THE DOCTOR FOR MY POST OP

Dorothy on 7/02/03 at 16:02 (123452)

Marisa,
Please understand that I mean no disrespect at all, but only mean to give a bit of friendly comment. When one uses all caps in any internet/electronic/web/message board posting/chat it is a generally accepted point of etiquette to know that it means the sender is yelling or shouting or angry or otherwise expressing some strong, usually angry, statement; it is an 'in your face' way of writing. Since the content of your post does not sound angry, we can assume that you are not expressing anger - however, people who use internet/electronic forms of communcation will usually interpret your writing as very much 'in your face' type of expression.
In the past, I used all caps because it somehow appeared clearer and easier to read but I have learned from many people that it is not considered 'good manners.' You are obviously free to write in any style you like but thought I would pass on to you what others have passed on to me. Now I will go back and actually read what you wrote, rather than focusing on how you wrote it.

Best wishes ~

Re: MY ENCOUNTERS WITH THE DOCTOR FOR MY POST OP

MARISA on 7/02/03 at 17:52 (123466)

DOROTHY,
WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I'VE HEARD OF THIS 'ETIQUETTE.' I HAVE ALWAYS WRITTEN IN THIS MANNER. WHOMEVER WANTS TO INTERPRET THIS AS 'BAD MANNERS' CAN. I APPRECIATE YOUR FRIENDLY ADVICE. IT REALLY IS TRUE WHEN THEY SAY WE LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY.

RESPECTFULLY YOURS, MARISA

Re: MY ENCOUNTERS WITH THE DOCTOR FOR MY POST OP

Terry D. on 7/02/03 at 19:20 (123471)

Hi Marissa,
Sounds like you are in good hands.....15 yrs. and a specialist in nerve surgery...he knows what he is doing. I started walking in a simming pool at 3 weeks.... didn't over do it but put some weight on it. It felt like yours. But each day I increased the walking and swimming. Kind of listened to my body and continually kept aware of swelling , which in my case was minimal. At 4.5 weeks I kind of weened myself off crutches. Again not ovedoing it but walking around the house etc. I'm now at 6.5 weeks and walking totally without crutches. Foot is still numb but very very minimal pain and it just feels ok to do this.
After the first week I would rotate my foot at the ankle and move it back and forth careful not to rupture the stiches but my Dr. wanted those nerves to move. I still exercise my foot this way when watching tv etc.
I'm optimistic but know the whole thing could fall apart tomorrow.
Hope some of this helps.

Re: MY ENCOUNTERS WITH THE DOCTOR FOR MY POST OP

Vivian C on 7/04/03 at 17:35 (123600)

Hi Marisa,
I also had TTS surgery on June 18, and stiches out on July 1. My surgery did not involve the plantar,incision is 4 inches, I have been walking without crutches since June 29. In the morning I feel like I can run, but by late afternoon my ankle swells up.
Vivian

Re: MY ENCOUNTERS WITH THE DOCTOR FOR MY POST OP

wendyn on 7/04/03 at 21:42 (123605)

Marisa - please don't take the advice on the all caps the wrong way. It's standard netiquette to not type in caps (unless shouting).

Many people have trouble reading the all caps (I do!)

Some people who don't like to use the shift key just type in all small letters (still easier to read)

Re: MY ENCOUNTERS WITH THE DOCTOR FOR MY POST OP

stella on 7/05/03 at 18:58 (123638)

Hi i hope you recover fast. I have had surgery for tts on may 22nd and still am not having pt and am doing ok i guess. My heel however is still numb i have tried using bio freeze and it is not working. I put a little weight on the top of my foot but now that hurts. I am still on pain killers and am in a lot of pain still use a walker and a wheelchair .. hope its easy for u