Austin Bunionectomy & Tailor’s Bunion Surgery Recovery: The Second Week

At the end of the first week (day 6) I was given a walking boot.  I was told I could walk without crutches, just using the walking boot, but that was uncomfortable, so I used crutches for the next three days.  Then I used one crutch for two days, and finally I started walking with just the walking boot.  I felt like I had regained my freedom because now I could use my arms again for carrying things instead of holding crutches.

I was also told I could shower on day 6, but I ended up waiting until day 8 because I was nervous about it.  Taking a shower turned out to be an adventure.  I stood on one foot with my operated foot dangling because I didn’t want to put it down.  I was so afraid I would fall, and my shower was very quick!

While I did a lot of research for this surgery beforehand, there was one thing no one prepared me for.  Whenever my foot was out of the walking cast, (like when I was taking a shower or at night when I got up and used crutches because I didn’t want to put the boot on), my foot felt heavy, like a brick, and it felt like it was on fire.  I asked the doctor about it, and he said that “thickness” and burning is completely normal and will subside with time.

I didn’t need much in the way of pain relievers.  After I went off the prescription pain meds on day 3, I didn’t use anything to ease the discomfort except Arnica, and I was done with that by day 10.

I also didn’t prepare for a constant state of sleepiness after surgery.  My last good night of sleep was the night before surgery.  The first two weeks, I only averaged about 4 to 6 hours of sleep a night because I couldn’t get comfortable.  I’m a side sleeper, and if I turned sideways, the incision hurt.  Since I had incisions on both sides of my foot, no matter which way I slept, it was uncomfortable.  I also still kept my foot propped up, so that was also awkward.  At the end of the second week, I finally started sleeping better because the incisions weren’t so tender.

If you’d like to catch up on my foot surgery journey, here are some related posts:

My Upcoming Surgery for Hallux Limitus and Tailor’s Bunion

Austin Bunionectomy & Tailor’s Bunion Surgery Recovery: The First Week

 

 

Menu Planning for April 23, 2017

Whew, it’s been a long time since I’ve had to menu plan.  Before my surgery, I filled the freezer, and for the last 5 weeks, we’ve lived off the freezer stash.  But now we only have three freezer meals left (boo-hoo!!), so it’s time to cook again.

This week will be a busy week, and it will also be the first week I’ll be on my own since foot surgery, so I want easy meals.  (My mom is going home after being here for 6 weeks to help out.  Thanks, mom!)

Here’s the plan:

Monday

Lunch–Cabbage & Sausage with Rice
Dinner–Kale, Chicken Apple Sausage & Rice Soup

Tuesday

Lunch–Eggs, Beet Pancakes, Bacon
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Dinner–Moroccan Ground Beef with Zucchini and Tomatoes

Moroccan Ground Beef with Zucchini and Tomatoes

Wednesday

Lunch–Turkey burgers, baked potatoes, green beans
Dinner–Spaghetti with ground turkey, homemade garlic bread

Thursday

Lunch–Slow Cooked Mexican Chicken Tacos
Dinner–Vegetable Beef Soup

Friday

Lunch–DF/GF Mac & Cheese, broccoli
Dinner–Sausage & Spinach Soup (from the freezer)

For more meal ideas, visit Menu Planning Monday and Gluten Free Menu Swap.

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