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Bride of Frankenfoot 3

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Bride of Frankenfoot is about 7 weeks along in the healing process and finally beginning to look like a foot again. I had my follow up with my surgeon last week, my foot is back on track in terms of healing time. I’ll be in a boot until December 1st but can start driving in a regular shoe rather than a surgical one. I [as always] am impatient with my bodies limitations and want to be more active than currently allowed.

At the orthopedist, I saw that rather than one screw my right foot got three. I’m wondering if the damage was more extensive on this foot baut forgot to ask. I’ll be sure to mention it at my next appointment. As of Friday, that may be sooner than anticipated. On Friday a student jumped up and accidentally came down on top of my foot. I didn’t cry, swear, or faint until I made it out of the cafeteria. My pain-addled brain autopiloted me to the nurse’s office where our superstar of a secretary helped me get it iced down. We got my boot off to see that my foot was much more swollen than it should have been. I kept weight off of it the rest of the day and have stayed off of it all weekend. Due to the lack of bruising, I may or may not need another x-ray. I’ll post an update once my doctor gets back to me next week. Needless to say, I’m not doing dismissal duty until I’m out of the boot.

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Bride of Frankenfoot 2

Content warning: post op foot surgery photos below

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Today was my post-op appointment with my orthopedic surgeon. When we took off my splint we fund that my incision hadn’t healed yet. We will have to wait another 2 weeks to remove my stitches. When I looked at my foot for the first time I noticed it looked like they had to remove more bone and tissue than with Frankenfoot the first. Additionally, the bruising was much worse and is all around my foot. I suspect the realignment was more severe this time. I’m in a boot and not allowed to bear weight until November 6th, then I’m off to the surgical shoe! The real blow today was learning that I’m healing slowly enough that I must move my monthly Actemra IV back another month. This means I will go 9 weeks without my RA medication that I should be getting every 4 weeks. Hopefully, my RA stays in control while I wait to be back on my feet. I’m working with my rheumatologist to see if there’s something we can do for the inflammation in my hands, shoulders, and feet.

While some of these setbacks really bug me, the surgery will ultimately be worth it. Knowing that my foot is going to be able to hold up to my activity level in the future is what makes this all worth it.

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