Yesterday marked 12 weeks post bunion surgery. It’s incredible how easy it is to fall back into a normal routine and forget the recovery journey, and I find myself randomly longing for the early Netflix-and-napping-all-day days. I’m stuck between “still recovering” and “almost okay” which is a bit awkward.
These are the things that remind me that I’m still recovering:
- I cannot drive yet
- I cannot wear regular shoes
- No exercise using my feet
- I still have to wear a toe separator
- My foot swells and tingles after being at the office all day
- I have a limp when I walk
This are the things that make me feel almost okay:
- I can spend 8 hours at the office with only some discomfort
- I CAN SWIM (provided I am not barefoot around the pool)
- I’ve been killing my upper body weight training
- I can sleep normally
- I can wear regular shoes (if they have thick, sturdy soles — so not my regular shoes)
- I can paint my toe nails 😉
My next recovery milestone is driving and doing some form of exercise that involves using my foot. I am very happy with the pace of my recovery and the surgery results. My right foot does not hurt at all, and now I am noticing the bunion pain in my left foot (which was shadowed by the severe pain in the right foot).
I can’t yet say whether this will make running or cycling better for me in the end, but I can’t imagine how it could not!