Preparations Begin: Surgery is less then a week away

It is finally going to happen…. a year and 30 days later, I will finally have the bone removed from my foot. I had my pre-operation appointment and everything is looking fine for my foot surgery on the 20th Oct. I will be in a cast for another 5 to 6 weeks but the future is looking so nice and I really don’t mind it at all. Because this photo shows what I had to deal with all last winter.

Air cast in the snow

Air cast in the snow

Under the freshly fallen snow is my Air Cast and under that are two thermal socks and two plastic bags to keep my toes and feet from freezing. This is what I had to do to take Christopher to the bus stop every morning. I slipped on the ice, I had ice balls under my toes, waded through parking lots full of slush and only fell one time last winter. I worked through all of it, during one of the worst West Virginia winters in 20 years. With my foot hurting, limping along with a 5 pound cast. I somehow made light of my situation by just laughing at it.

Christopher was the only one who found my broken bone a good thing. He knew I had more time to snuggle and play with him up close. I was never going to chase him through the yard so he could torment me until we both just giggled. He never minded that his mom was in a cast and took full advantage of my time out of it the cast to play “broken bone man”

Christopher playing with my cast spring 2014

Christopher playing with my cast spring 2014

I have done all the things that I would normally done without the cast. So finally around July of this year I went back to the Orthopedic Dr’s office and asked for a new cast. Yea….. they looked at me funny when I explained that I had walked all the rubber of the bottom of the cast and it was flopping around like an old shoe.  I needed a second cast to finish out the year. “Wow” the nurse said “We never have to give out new ones”. Well I needed a new one and it was free because the warranty was for one year and I had gotten about 6 months out of mine. So does that tell  you that I just can’t sit still most of the time.

Mushroom hunting in my cast...#2.

Mushroom hunting in my cast 2014.

In this photo I can really begin to see where the weight of inactivity was creeping up. I actually gained almost 35 pounds over the course of this year and I have heard that up to 50 is not unheard of. You are just so limited in everything you do. Over the year my foot did cause me to go from working 35 hours a week to 10 and then none. So I am hopeful that when this is over I will be able to work 30 to 40 hours a week on my feet again.

Now the preparations for not walking for 11 days begin. I have been working on getting grandma moved back to her house for the remainder of her recovery ( see Cancer sucks post). I have been cleaning like a mad woman and getting some one set up to come help me for the second day after surgery and a few days after that. We still have lots of shopping for frozen food to do. I am not cooking for several weeks so forgive me for not doing any new food posts for a month or so. I am planing to do lots of reading and writing though. I will be doing some traveling two weeks after surgery and will be posting about all the effects of traveling in a walking cast with a small child… That will make for a funny post. So if I  did not say  it before, I will say it now, Thank You for your support. I will be posting again next week after the surgery and let you all know how it went . So until then take care. I am on the road to recovery and will be able to do more and write more about how wonderful living in the Mountain State  is and my life as a homesteading woman.

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13 thoughts on “Preparations Begin: Surgery is less then a week away

  1. Wishing you all the best of luck with this. We will have you in our thoughts and prayers.

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  2. sandy

    Just wanted to wish you the very best and a speedy and uneventful healing. I don’t know if l could handle the whole ordeal with the spirit and laughter you have. Give me a call if you want to chat.

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  3. What a difficult year you’ve had! I wish you a speedy recovery.

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  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Wish you a very speedy recovery JoLynn .

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  5. Best of luck JoLynn! I’m sure you’re going to do just fine – more than fine; I do wish you a speedy recovery, but doubt it will seem speedy to you. Hang in there, and know it will all be worth it, in time!

    Also, I want to congratulate you on that 100th post milestone a few weeks ago. So much of what you said in there goes for me too – just so happy to be blogging and enjoying the many avenues it leads m down, so much. You said it perfectly.

    I always learn something new & interesting here at your blog. Loved the train, the stars, and your son’s awesome birthday (Happy be-lated to Mr. Six Years Old), and I was truly amazed at all the mushrooms! (There must be some mushrooms like that in WI, but I wouldn’t be the one to know where to find them.)
    Again, sincere best wishes for your surgery, and the post-op days to come. See you then.

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  6. I hope all goes well x

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  7. what is that white stuff around your boot?

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