This morning, I had my 4 week post-op. I went with high hopes that I would receive the good news that I was healing on schedule. This time, with decreased edema, I was more excited than nervous to see my foot.
And the two week old cast comes off! I exercised quite a bit with this cast on so surprisingly, there was no smell nor evidence of any significant water damage. (See Day 16: "Confessions of the Not So Perfect Patient.")
|She's looking pretty good|
|Underneath; cotton from the old cast stuck to the bottom|
|Ankle trick - over pronation; a whole other issue|
The doctors and technicians were impressed with my healing. "You must be keeping it elevated," said Dr. Brunet with certainty. "As much as I can", I responded, " and I've been exercising almost daily." "Maybe that's helping the circulation to reduce the swelling," he said. "I'd like to keep you in a cast for two more weeks. At that time, we will take some x-rays. There is a 50% chance you'll move to an aircast or you could go into a stiff-soled shoe," he explained.
Hopefully, at 6 weeks post-op, I will be able to wear a stiff soled shoe, but either way, at least I will have the freedom to sleep without a cast on my leg.
|Notice the gap is closing between my big and second toe.|