Well - it's scheduled for one week from today. I am having a foot/ankle surgery (posterior tibial tendon transfer). I've had problems with this a very long time and I need to have the surgery. The recovery is long - 9 -12 weeks of non-weightbaring, several casts, then a boot and physical therapy for 4-5 weeks. Also - I'll be taking so many meds with this.
The recovery will be hampered with my excess weight. I am not strong enough to use crutches. Back is weak even though I do strengthening exercises. My knees aren't so great for me to hop on one foot with a walker for months. My aunt gave me a motorized scooter to use & I will also try a knee walker. I'll use a regular walker when I go to partial weighbearing. Doctor does't like the scooter idea because I wouldn't be using many muscles. I do plan to do exercises as soon as I get the ok.
I've looked and looked online for ideas for overweight people who aren't physically strong recovering from foot and ankle surgeries. There's not alot out there. Any of you had this challange? What did you do with mobility.
I am planning ahead in many areas- getting my 'spot' ready with my nest containing phone, water, cd player, remote, healthy snacks, handwipes, etc. I've purchase various pillows for this that and the other. (toes above the nose) DH will be around the first ten days. I've got a list of healthy food for him to get at the grocery.
I have a feeling folks will be sending dinners over. I'll ask for healthy stuff if they offer. I have no idea, really, what will come through the door. I am planning on using my exchange food plan. It will work in this situation. I am nervous about not being able to weigh for months.
I am feeling nervous and scared about the whole thing. But - this is the means to getting my life back. Let's get this party started.
(I am singing there)