New Year, New Ankle

ankle-replacementBy the time you read this, the ball will have dropped and the New Year will have officially started. As my faithful readers know, I did not post a blog entry last newsletter, and for that I truly apologize. In addition, because of the multiple postponements and delays that occurred with the right ankle replacement, the “ankle replacement blog” that I had planned to write also fell by the wayside. I have no excuse, and for all of this I throw myself on the mercy of the court. All I can do is relate the facts that I have been dealing with for the past month or so and let you make your own decision whether or not to lynch me.

I can say, without reservation, that the ankle replacement has been one of the most painful – no, actually, it is the most painful surgery I have ever had. It has been so bad, in fact, that I let the pain and the resulting pain medicine affect me enough to disappoint my readers. What makes it worse is that everyone I spoke with told me ahead of time that ankle replacement surgery is extremely painful. In fact, every time I mentioned it to any medical professional, they would invariably respond with something like “whew, that’s gonna be painful,” or “wow, that’s a tough one pain-wise.” As I often do, I brushed these warnings aside and just assumed I knew best. Unfortunately I was wrong. One surgery fellow put it best when, the day after the surgery, I asked how things looked. He said “it looks like it’s gonna hurt like a son-of-a-bitch.”

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