As driving partners in the Bunion 500 for Foot Health, Hannah and her surgeon Dr. Juris are, in the far turn, pulling away from her pathetic little right foot bunion. Her bunion seems ready to wave the white flag.
Let’s back up, despite how much fun I’m having with the racing metaphor.
On May 13, 2020 Hannah had bunion surgery on her right foot at the Scarborough (Maine) Surgical Center as a day patient. Both walker and crutches proved beneficial for her rehab.
During her first five days, the crutches were valuable in getting up and down the one step from our living room to our outside deck or maneuvering through the small doorway from our bed to the bathroom. On the other hand, the walker was easier on her arms and wrists as she navigated around the dining room/kitchen area; though it was cumbersome in the hallway turns of our quirky home. Though, for steadying herself in the shower, the walker takes the pole position!
In time, the crutches threw a piston and crashed into the far wall as they hurt her hands. Fortunately, five days after surgery, she was put in a walking boot.
Scooting around effortlessly, Hannah regularly rocks seven to eight thousand steps on her Fitbit. You just can’t keep a good woman down for a long pitstop.
Even so, she is revving her engine in neutral ready to walk with me on the beaches of York and Ogunquit as well as bike our country roads to Mount Agamenticus together.
Hannah did take the recommended Naproxen every twelve hours for the first two and a half days. But what about the narcotic, Oxycodone, the calling card of opiate abuse? Hannah was advised to keep ahead of the pain. So she took a half tablet the first night, then the next morning another half to stay ahead of the pain, even though she felt no pain.
Wondering, then calling the good Dr. Juris, she learned from him to take only the Oxy if she needed it. She didn’t need it; it wasn’t that she toughed it out, she just didn’t have the pain.
A little later the following week she was slacking by not elevating her foot often enough. She paid the price of some throbbing briefly in the night that went away with her return to elevating, elevating, elevating.
Just two days ago (May 28, 2020) at her second post op appointment at Portland Foot and Ankle, Hannah had the surgical sutures removed (yes, they were painful to even our kids’ tough mother). For the first time, she saw the five inch surgical scar from the bunionectomy. Still, she has four to six more weeks of rehab of circling the damn track.
With the warmth of the May sun, friends have stopped by for coffee or tea on our front deck. People who stayed for an hour or so helped beat the tediousness of being basically quarantined times two! (Both bunion rehab and Covid-19.) Others dropped off dinner knowing my culinary skills are limited to take-out chicken burritos from Loco Coco’s Tacos in nearby Kittery.
She’s doing well, ready to take the checkered flag and cruise down victory lane.