Post Op Ankle Surgery Journey Part 3

It’s now been about 6 weeks since my ankle surgery. I’ve only left the house 4 times in the last 6 weeks. Twice to go to the hospital, once to go out for breakfast and once to attend my workplace awards night! Catch up with parts one and two of my post op recovery.

The awards night was the longest I had been out of the house and it was really tough on me. Unfortunately, I got glutened and I’m still suffering from that a week later. I’ll continue to feel the effects for a few months. I didn’t really enjoy the evening as I felt pretty anxious and uncomfortable to be outside. However it was nice to see my work colleagues for the first time in weeks.

I’m currently suffering from a Klebsiella Urinary Tract Infection as well so I’m not having the best of weeks really.

I have now had my cast removed. I am no stranger to a nurse brandishing an electric saw near my extremeties to remove casts, each time is no less unsettling than the last! If you’ve ever had a cast removed, the buzzing that you can feel right into your bones stays with you! I saw my surgeon yesterday who was pleased with the position and healing of my ankle and agreed that I could now go into an air cast.

An air cast is like a giant protective boot that protects your ankle whilst you continue to recover and heal. It supports and immobilises the joint and air can be pumped in for extra support. It is uncomfortable, unattractive and clumsy, it is also about 6 inches higher than any shoe I own, so imagine wearing one trainer and one platform heeled shoe and you get the idea.

Recap Video Diary

I’m hoping over the next few weeks I will be able to get around a bit more easily. I am still really struggling and unfortunately still unsafe to get up and down stairs or have a bath and get myself food. Which I stupidly hadn’t prepared myself for. I got a bit upset yesterday as I had it in my head that I’d be up and about alot sooner. Still, at least the cats keep me company on the bed.

At the moment, my foot feels weird, everything that touches it makes it hurt. My skin is like paper and feels so fragile. Putting the slightest bit of weight through that ankle is agonising right now. I hope this will improve though!

In four weeks I go back to the hospital for Xrays and to see if the air cast is still required. Until then I am mostly just thankful that I am not in an actual cast anymore and can have a proper bath!

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