You are probably wondering what exactly a bunionectomy is...well briefly it's a surgery performed where your bunion is literally sawed off and a screw is placed in your foot. Now that sounds pleasant right? No! When I was around 15 years old I noticed a bunion on the side of my right foot starting to grow. I loved running and this put a damper on my track meets and cross country meets to the point where I was almost in tears because of the pain this irritating bone caused me. As the years went on the pain progressed. Candy-sale was a nightmare, after a long day of walking and selling candy my bunion would be swollen and bruised and I would be in a state of immense shooting and throbbing pain.
Now four years later I had the surgery performed on Tuesday! I have had surgery one other time when I was four years old to have teeth removed, but I don't recall it. I wasn't really nervous about the surgery just worried about the after affect and how I would manage with one foot. Early Tuesday morning my parents and I drove to St.Anthony's hospital; as I sat in the back seat holding a boot and anxiously awaiting the surgery procedure.
This is my beautiful foot before surgery. :) Notice the lump on the right side, that is the bunion.
Once at the hospital I changed into their lovely gown, and sat with my parents until the procedure was to begin. I am so happy I had my amazing parents with me. Dad made sure to crack jokes the whole time to ease my fear of the procedure going wrong and waking up to not only a missing bunion but a missing foot. Mom was the caring one who made sure I wasn't cold, or hungry and took care of all my needs.
This picture right here is the IV in my arm. What it really should be is how large my eyes got when I realized where and what the nurse was putting in my arm. I didn't realize the IV was staying in my arm and was frightened to move my arm in fear of ripping it out of my vein and causing a giant hole in my arm. BTW I am not a hypochondriac! :)
The surgery lasted 2 hours and was successful, no toes or feet had to be amputated. Shew. . . :)
I was physically drained after the surgery and was dying of thirst. A nurse came in and showed me how to use the crutches and what not and soon we were heading home.
Took me a while to actually fully wake up, I was a sleepy girl!
Now it has been 3 days since my surgery and I am not in too much pain. I had a Dr.'s appointment today and was excited to see my foot with the bandages off. I was kinda worried that my foot was going to look like Frankenstein's foot or something but it did look just a "little" better than that.
Have a blessed week! :)