I am officially bunionless!
Thank you to everyone who wished me well, and to those who didn’t? HA! It went just fine anyway.
I wonder why all this bunion talk has made me so hungry for Funyuns?
ANYway, I’m done. And since I’m currently at this moment NOT swallowing handfuls of Vicodin, I thought I’d answer some of your questions.
How long did the surgery take?
Only about an hour. I was completely out until the last few minutes, when I woke up to see the doctor sewing up my toe. Cool!
Does it hurt?
Yes. Consider: they sliced into my foot, broke some bone, jammed my big toe back into place, hammered in some screws, and stitched me back up. But the pain is not unbearable. Did I mention handfuls of Vicodin? Yes? Good.
Can you take a shower?
No, not yet—
Wait a minute! I can take a bath! I just dangle my bandaged foot over the side. However, I don’t recommend taking a bath alone, with an injured foot, while on Vicodin. Gus wasn’t really much help when I drowned for a couple of minutes.
Can you walk?
Yup! I’ve been limping around in that fashionably strappy sandal pictured above. I’m not s’posed to walk any more than I need to, so I keep everything in a big pile on the sofa next to me: laptop, magazines, water, peanut butter sandwiches, Vicodin, and one of these.
Can we see the incision?
Not yet, I’m afraid. My foot is wrapped up pretty securely with gauze and an Ace bandage. I can take off the bandage to wriggle my foot around. See!
Well, can you take OFF the gauze so we can see the incision?
Believe me, it’s tempting. My toes look pretty nicely bruised, so I can just imagine how awesome the rest of my foot must look. I’ll have to wait until my doctor’s appointment next week, tho. Don’t worry. I’ll bring my camera.
Have the cats stepped on it yet?
No, but Dave has. Gus and Pru’s job is to sleep on it every night. I’m sure they think they’re protecting it, but that 20-plus pound weight is probably not expediting the healing process.
Can you work? More importantly, can you blog?
It’s been hard to do anything more challenging than watch TV and drool, what with all the Vicodin. But after 3 days, the pain is a lot more manageable, so I’m more or less back to normal. Unless someone steps on my foot, DAVE.
When will you be able to Zumba?
Possibly not for another 3 months. I know! It sucks. But I plan to keep active with Pilates, weights, and break dancing. Yes, now I finally have the time and the motivation to learn how to spin around on my head.
LOOK OUT, PRU!
Any other questions for Bunion-Free JD? Let me know, I’m not going anywhere.
Coming up next: I’ll take you inside the behind-the-scenes goings-on of the bunionectomy surgical preparation in “I Am Running Out of Veins so you don’t have to.”