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I had surgery 1 week ago on my left ankle. My back ground is that I injured my ankle 18 years ago and never fully recovered; had many moments where it gave way and recurrent sprains. Physio worked for a while, but at the point where I had suffered 3 times in 4 months from recurrent falls I decided I needed further help.
I went private as my dr told me there was nothing further the nhs could do 😔, but after a MRI my consultant saw that my lateral ligaments were damaged and given the problems I was having surgery was the best option.
to be honest I was a little naive when it came to surgery - all I thought about was the end goal; an ankle that could be trusted. I wasn't nervous about the surgery and when I came home last Tuesday I was pretty upbeat.
Then the pain killers wore off.
I didn't realise I would need to inject myself to prevent dvt - not a major issue I know, but it's taken a while to get used to.
I knew I would need to rely on others to help, but oh my goodness I can't do anything for myself! I hate just sitting back and giving orders, while watching things fall apart around me! I had initially thought I would realise the idea of doing nothing, but the reality is I feel so helpless.
But more than all this, I just hadn't prepared myself for the amount of pain would be in. I'm pretty good with pain, I've had two c sections and breezed through them. But oh my goodness this hurts! I thought that by one week post op I would feel better, but I'm still relying on the codeine and even that doesn't take away the pain completely.
Im still nwb, so any trips upstairs to the loo are a mammoth task. Every time my foot isn't elevated my toes turn purple. I'm in a back slab at the moment and it's a lot heavier than I expected- so much so that I've pulled a muscle in my thigh trying to manoeuvre it. My ankle feels very restricted, the cast seems to press on it a lot - I'd assumed the swelling would have gone down enough so that this wasn't the case?
i apologise for the negative post, I'm having a bad day and just really need some support and advice as to how I'm going to work through this. I'm fortunate to have the whole of the summer off work as I work in a school.
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