Monday, February 18, 2008

Bye Bye Bunion!

Goodbye Bunion.......>>>>>>>>>>>> (Notice the big bump below my big toe..that's my beautiful bunion, which is gone. You may also notice my beautiful twin day I'll write about them too.)

The surgery itself went real good. It was pre-surgery when I was so anxious. I knew everything would be okay, in fact, I surprised myself with my nerves. I just wanted to get on with it and have it done! Here is pretty much the steps which made up my day:

1. Lab work. Needle in the arm.

2. I wrote the word, "yes" on my left foot. (so the surgeon wouldn't get mixed up and operate on the wrong foot. (that's a scary thought!)

3. Change into a lovely hospital gown. Hooked up to I.V.

4. Antibiotic injected into I.V. + sleepy feel good stuff begins to take effect which is a good thing because.....

5. Dr comes in and injects my foot 10 times with a 6 inch needle to numb it (a block they called it).....OUCH!!!!!! Foot goes totally numb.

6. Kiss my husband and tell him how much I love him and am so grateful to have him as my husband. I tell him how incredible he is and that he is the most amazing man I've ever known. And take good care of the children. (in case I die on the table)

7. Surgery begins without me....or at least I don't remember it! I woke up in the operating room and couldn't believe it was over!

8. Phase 1 Recovery I finally can drink for the first time in 13 hours! "Diet Coke, come to Mama!"

9. Phase 2 Recovery. My husband and sweet mom in law come back. I get a quick "crutches" lesson, instructions for the week, and the doctor informs me that he broke my big toe, shaved and sliced my bone, and inserted a screw to pull the separated bones together. Lovely. I just want you to fix it doctor, I don't need the details. I knew about the screw, but I did not know about the broken toe....something else to feel sorry for me about:(

10. Arrive home to assume my place on the couch with my "toes above my nose".

My thoughtful husband knows me well. He goes to Red Robin and picks me up onion rings, Whiskey BBQ Burger, and a regular Pepsi!!!! Maybe I did die, because this is heaven to me! I wish I had thought to photograph this meal. It was sooooooo delish!

Right now, my foot is still numb and there is no pain. I'm taking my meds and keeping hooked up to my cooler...really a cooler. It's filled with ice and water and pumps coolant to my foot to reduce swelling!

Well, that's it. Pray that when this numbness wears off, I'll still feel okay. I'm not much for sitting still. And I'm a big baby when it comes to pain. Thanks for the prayer so far.

Bunionless and Blessed,



Glynnis Whitwer said...

Melissa -

I join you in thanking God for His protection over you. Any surgery is big! And I'm glad we have a big God who cares about us, and our bunions.
Love - Glynnis
P.S. If I ever have surgery, I just want to look half as good as you did. Just half! That's all I ask.

Charlene Kidd said...

I am with Glynnis. You look marvelous!!! I am glad you made it through, make sure you milk it for all it is worth. Do what the doctor says.

Holly said...

Hey Melissa!
I have a foot that looks the same way! I keep praying I'll remain pain free...loved your post!!! Hope you're feeling groovy very soon.

Rachel Olsen said...

So glad the surgery went well. You looked right happy after that sleepy feel good stuff - hope you're still feelin' that good. :)

Blessings and rest! ~ R

Anonymous said...

Melsa -
I'm so happy it's over and now you only have sexy slip-on sandles and flip flops to look forward to! You tell your 5 we all expect them to pamper & love on you the way you do them on a normal day! If I was there I'd bring you a home cooked meal and hang out with you! And enhance your meds with a glass of wine! (j/k... not really)
Love you and good luck when the numbness subsides.
Amy G.

Tracie Miles said...

I can't believe you wrote "yes" on your foot! That is too funny. Im so glad it went well and that you are safely back home!

Digging for Pearls said...

So glad it went well. I can relate - I have those on both of my feet! :) Hope you recover quickly.

karen ehman said...

Hey Melissa---
Take it easy as you recover. Maybe now would be a good time to read some of the Christian know by Wesley or Edwards or BUNYAN!!! :-)
God bless!
Love and Prayers,

LeAnn said...

Hi Melissa,
We miss you soooo much! It's much too quiet around here without your sweet voice and laughter. (Read between the lines... keep your voice down!) If you need anything (help with the laundry, errands run, meals, etc) please call me. I'll send someone right over to take care of it (Ha-Ha-Ha)!!!
Love you!

Zaafirah said...

Good morning Melissa,

I am so glad your surgery went well. I want to have the same surgery. See I have bunions on both feet. You could have left off the details of how the doctor broke your toe and the screw thru it. (too much detail) -- just kidding. I too am a big baby I have a low tolerance for pain. Your blog gives me encouragement. I wish you a safe and speedy recovery.

And lastly the power of prayer does movc mountains.

Peace and Blessings,


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