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01-31-2012, 06:28 PM
Hi everyone,
I've been gone a while because I was plotting and planning my next medical adventure. I've had a bunion on my right foot for years and my doctor told me to come back and see him when I could not stand the pain anymore. So after a summer spent walking in pretty bad pain I went back. We all know how long it can take to get an appointment with a specialist and podiatrists are not any different. But in Early December I finally saw him and we agreed on the surgery on January 20th. But...he wanted me to be completely off the maintenance Prednisone that I take. Since he made sense I came up with a taper and emailed my Rheumy. He emailed me back and said OK but I would have an increase in symptoms. If I could tolerate it, it was OK with him. So I began the taper. Well that was hell hell on earth but as the benefit was something I thought was worth I plugged through. I was Prednisone free as of January 1st. I felt terrible but I did it. So I went back to the doc for the final visit before surgery and he asked me why I was off the Prednisone.....he told me it wasn't worth what I was going through. Start back up. I left really scratching my head over that. Was I crazy? Brain fog? Psychosis? (and if yes, which one of us?) Then I went to see the Rheumy the next day. He told me he was surprised I wasn't in a hospital. Did I start having seizures yet? What seizures? So anyway he reiterated...back on the steroids. I felt like a stripped zipper. I felt better but now worried about bone healing.
Had the surgery and they gave me a huge dose of steroids during the surgery. The doctor gave me a nerve block that was expected to last up to 36 hours. I then expected severe pain, but it never came. I spent money on nice expensive pain pills and did..not..take..one. Too bad we can't give them back! Anyway here I am at day 11, not allowed to do anything but sit on my butt. I can get up to go to the bathroom. Crutches, no weight bearing at all. And I feel great! For the first time in years I feel like a normal human being. No aches, no pains, no rash (well not much of one anyway). No swelling, my hair is staying where it should! I've got a normal appetite, my ribs don't hurt! I can stay up all day without crashing! And I sit here in a chair unable to go out and enjoy the new body somebody slipped me!!!!!!!!! I want to go bowling! Play volleyball. Knock down a wall and re-do my living room! There are an awful lot of hours in a day when you don't sleep through it. I did teach myself to knit, but still...
I know it will end when I go back to my normal everyday stuff. But I am enjoying it. Oh the stinking irony! I wish I could pass this feeling on.....(the feeling good, not the frustration). I hope this makes you smile!

01-31-2012, 06:59 PM
I wish I could pass this feeling on.....(the feeling good, not the frustration). I hope this makes you smile!

It made me smile!

I see you're in PA. I'm in the Philadelphia area. If you, by chance, are too and if you know of any support groups, please let me know!


01-31-2012, 11:39 PM
LOL - it made me smile, too.
Enjoy feeling good, even if it is frustrating to not be able to get out and go somewhere.

02-01-2012, 02:33 PM
Well you know the sacrifice of not being able to get out and go somewhere is only temporary. The main thing is that you got that awful bunion removed! Take it easy and try to make the best of this temporary situation. I'll be thinking about your plight and hoping that you'll be back to your energized self soon (without the bunion).

02-01-2012, 07:39 PM
I was having a rotten day after waking to a bunch of red blister spots on my arm. I read this and had a good smile for you I have been there before anfpd your post reminded me thank you! We sometimes need to be reminded about the good times so we can have hope! Well done and thanks!