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In November 2017 I fell down some stairs and suffered an ankle sprain, I tore 3 ligaments and went to physical therapy. No improvement. Today I went to get my MRI results where it was confirmed I will need Bostrom Surgery on my right ankle.
Since I will be laid up in bed for a several weeks (hopefully max), I'm looking for advice. I have never broken a bone before or have been laid up for weeks.
I'm getting the Carex EZ Strech Cast Protector, Leg from WalMart (only $6.99) in place of using trash bags for showers and using a tall step stool to sit on in the shower.
1. Other than those two things what could make life easier when taking showers?
2. How do I stop from gaining a ton of weight? My info sheet says for the first 2 weeks I will be in a splint, non-weight bearing. The third week I will be in a removable walking boot and can use crutches for assistance. I usually go on at least two walks a day, that obviously won't be possible now. Food, drinks, etc what should I stick to?
3. Pain wise, what can I do to reduce pain? I'm no stranger to surgery and not overly worried about the surgery in itself, I just am not looking forward to the pain that will be left over after the pain meds wear off.
4. Driving, the care sheet says it will be 4-8 weeks until I can drive, since it is my right ankle. I will have people who can drive me around. But obviously relying on them for 2 months is a tad unreasonable. Anyone else able to drive at say maybe 4 weeks? I do know it's illegal to drive with a boot on (per my surgeon).
5. Probably not the most serious question, but regarding makeup and nail polish. What is the general rule? Not a big deal either way. I've had surgery with a full face of makeup and it wasn't a problem.
6. Anymore tips to make my life post-surgery a little easier. I do live in a two story house, for the most part of my day I can stay either upstairs or downstairs, but eventually I'd like a change of scenery.
Thanks for the tips, advice, etc. Personal experience advice is always the best!
None of this information was in great detail on my information sheet.
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