Kaput

doctor-with-scalpel

Unfortunately the problems with my foot were not solved by the recent steroid injection. The foot is kaput, and so I am scheduled to have surgery next Wednesday.

The surgeon is going to shave down the bony protuberance on the top of my foot, break the toe bone, remove a piece of it and re-attach it with a screw. Then she’s going to give me a lift home, as she lives just around the corner from us. That’s what I call service.

Apparently the procedure will transform me from freak to normal(ish). Her words.

I had my pre-surgical consultation last week.

Me: Is there anything you want me to ask the surgeon?
B: What is the risk of death.
Me: Whoa. Steady on soldier. This isn’t YOUR kind of surgery. I imagine there’s a risk of infection which if left unchecked could claim my foot, leg and eventually, life.
B: Ok.

The surgeon advises me not to watch the procedure, as some people who think they will be ok are upset by it. I do not want to watch. I don’t consider it to be entertainment. I remember when I had a minor procedure on my ladybits years ago (sorry if TMI) and the doctor asked if I wanted the image from the internal camera projected onto the screen next to my head. “No! No! A thousand times no!” I believe I shouted.

I’ll be completely out of action for 3 weeks (unable to leave the flat). These weeks will no doubt coincide with the sunniest spring weather this country has ever seen.

picnic

I’ll be able to walk without crutches in 4-6 weeks. Luckily I have an understanding and flexible employer so I will be working from home for most of this time.

Lately I’ve been watching The Big Body Squad, it’s a guilty pleasure when B is at Tai Chi. I was horrified to hear that many people start their downhill slide into clinical obesity during a period of inactivity related to surgery or injury. I informed B that soon he’ll be attaching a hoist to the ceiling so he can wash the underside of me.

Advertisements

2 comments

  1. Peter Leonard · · Reply

    I have followerd your journey with great attention since late March 2013, your cousin Megan’s husband Kenny (a mate of mine) sent me this blog due to our situation. I have enjoyed your outlook on life and your situation, this has helped me in ways I wasn’t aware of until they kicked in, in our life. I wish you and B well in your future, and would love to be in the audience, when you guys are in Aus. All the best Peter Leonard

    1. Hi Peter, I was very sorry to hear about your wife’s tumour and hope you are both coping ok. I hope the blog has made you realise you are not alone – too many of us are dealing with this awful disease 😦 x

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: