I can’t tell you how many times in the last month-and-a-half I have uttered the phrase above. This procedure has been the most painful thing I have ever experienced. Just to be clear, by most painful I mean in terms of total time that I have been in pain. In terms of the most pain I have ever felt at once there have been a few instances where I have literally seen my life flash before my eyes, but that’s another column. I digress, though. Bottom line — my surgeon really went to town on my ankle, and I can feel it.
Don’t get me wrong though, it’s partly my fault for having unrealistic expectations. Everyone and their long lost uncle told me to expect a very long and painful healing period. Normally, I’d tell you “they always say that,” but if I really think about it, this time all the doctors, nurses, and therapists really did do their best to impress upon me the fact that ankle replacement is the most painful joint replacement procedure by far. Being the Man of Steel (quite literally) that I usually am, I laughed off all of them with a stoic “Ha! Pain? Bring it on! I eat pain sandwiches for lunch along with a side of agony and an extra order of torment!” Looks like they got the last laugh, though.