Surgery was exactly one week ago today. This means I had my first official post-op appointment today.
My foot has felt great so I didn’t expect anything unusual. We also got a peek at the wounds and results last Friday when we got the bandages loosened, so I already knew there was no external pin.
My only goal this week was to get rid of the splint. Success! The doctor was very pleased so they just wrapped it up in bandages and gave me a new fancy boot. I put the boot on every time I get up just in case I lose my balance and instinctively put my foot down to catch myself. Still no weight bearing though, until about week 7 or 8.
Next appointment is in one week, and the big milestone then is to get permission to work from home. Fingers crossed!
Keep reading to see a gruesome up-close picture of my foot from today.
So, this happened.
Back to square one. Five months after my first surgery, I realized I wasn't where I needed to be to train hard. I could walk, and drive, and exercise, and swim, but running and riding was still a little painful and I could not push myself to the level I wanted for my first triathlon in late June. So, I decided to get the second surgery over with. This way the recoveries will overlap, and when I'm ready to train again I know I won't have to start all over a year or two later. 🔸First milestone: 6 weeks, upper body training can begin again! 🔸Second milestone: 7-8 weeks, weight bearing with the boot. 🔸Third milestone: 11-12 weeks, swimming! — #️⃣#surgery #footsurgery #surgeryrecovery #bunion #bunions #bunionectomy #bunionsurgery #pain #ouch #couchpotato #healing #nomoretraining #pause #break #startingover #round2 #onemoretime #lasttime #onceandforall #triathlete #goals #comingbackstronger #betterthanever
The last post I wrote was very optimistic. I had gotten on the bike and tried my first brick workout. I felt great.
However, the Sunday after the brick workout Bruno and I went to Ithaca for the weekend. We rode our bikes a little bit and walked around, and by the end of the weekend my foot was sore, swollen, and throbbing. On our way back, we had a sudden realization in the car: I can’t train yet.
My foot is not really ready to train yet 😦
So, should I just get the other surgery? I went to see my doctor the very next day. There are many factors that helped me make the decision, and long story short, we decided to replace triathlons with another recovering foot this year.
I will try to post a little snippet of my second recovery daily, because this is once and for all and I want to be able to remember. Check back daily to ride this roller coaster with me!
Click Continue Reading below to see a before and (2 days) after shot.