Miraculum's Journal, 14 September 2017

New low weight reading! And so busy that I'm not obsessing over snacks between the very simple meals I'm eating.

Last week, an orthopedic physician's assistant recommended keeping my right (diabetic-neuropathic-afflicted Charcot) foot in my gigantic, black, velcro'd boot (toes to knee) till a consult on 10/23 surgery...

The fun part: No vacuuming for months, and I always lose weight when I can't run out to Dunkin Donuts! And I get to tool around on my very own rolling knee walker, with a quick-release basket and a faux-fleece knee pad cover from now till ... next spring, if I'm lucky!

The not-so-fun part: Realigning the tarsal bone and three or four metatarsal bones with rods and pins, fusing the mush that was my foot, and hoping it heals in one rigid piece. Bedrest for two weeks, *very* gradual return from non-weightbearing to full boot to rehab.

Rehab could take at least six months. *VERY* worst-case scenario: non-union going on to BTK amputation. But I'm *nothing* if not a star at ortho rehab. I'm good at this! So I'll be limping around in two shakes of a faux-fleece tail!

[sigh]
207.6 lb Lost so far: 77.4 lb.    Still to go: 39.6 lb.    Diet followed reasonably well.

Diet Calendar Entry for 14 September 2017:
938 kcal Fat: 30.31g | Prot: 87.61g | Carb: 76.05g.   Breakfast: Raspberries, Harris Teeter Whipped Topping. Lunch: Boar's Head Maple Glazed Honey Coat Turkey Breast, Chocolate Chip Cookie (Home Recipe or Purchased). Dinner: Steak (Lean Only Eaten), Birds Eye Steamfresh Broccoli, Raspberries, Harris Teeter Whipped Topping. more...
on diet LCHF: Low carb, High fat / Ketogenic Diet   losing 8.4 lb a week

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That's tough. I hope the best possible results for you! How do you stick to your eating plan with bedrest for 2 weeks?  
14 Sep 17 by member: Fritzy 22
Oh gosh, I hope you star at ortho rehab. 
14 Sep 17 by member: ginger dog
Putting you in my "prayer" bag. πŸ™ 
14 Sep 17 by member: Sarah1950
Yep, "no vacuuming"sounds like fun to me. As for the rest, stay focused on doing your part to have a speedy and successful recovery. I'll pray for you if you'd like. Keep in touch. 
14 Sep 17 by member: Fartblossem
Fritzy, I keep thing simple as a rule, and I have an extraordinary husband who does the grocery shopping and *plans* and cooks most dinners and weekend breakfasts. He's taken over my share of the chores when I've been laid up. He takes *very* good care of me. I've had several surgeries and procedures since meeting him in 2008. He stayed with me till late evening after my colonoscopy, after we'd dated for a little over a year. I said, "Thank you for taking such good care of me!" His answer: "That's my job!" He's a blessing! 
14 Sep 17 by member: Miraculum
Thanks, Sarah1950! 
14 Sep 17 by member: Miraculum
Oh, and my husband totally takes care of my cockapoo, Handsome, when I can't -- walking, feeding, vet and bath/groom visits, driving him to playcare twice a week, and playing tennis-ball "soccer" with him between the living room and MBR. (We have a small, one-story house.) Handsome was only 5 mos. old when I met Patrick. (Yes, we have the same name and grew up in working-class Catholic families in NYS.) 
14 Sep 17 by member: Miraculum
You are a rock star! Sorry you are going through such a tough time... but LOVE your positive attitude. You inspire me! 
14 Sep 17 by member: ImLaura
Glad to know your husband is supportive and takes care of you. So you can focus on healing 
14 Sep 17 by member: Fritzy 22
You are certainly looking on the bright side, but rock star or not, it sounds like your recovery is very painful and scary. Seems like you have a nice hubby. Hang in there! Prayers for the best case scenarioπŸŒ»πŸ’› 
14 Sep 17 by member: cbliss16
Thank you for all the prayers! __________As for pain management, medicine has come a long way since my right bunion surgery in 1978. In about 2010, when I had my left bunion repair (metatarsal and metaphalangeal osteotomy and fixation with hardware), my health insurance covered an electronic cooling unit. A motor cools, keeps at a constant temp, and circulates water through tubing to a comfortable fitted "cold pack." No changing bags of ice or dripping! 30 min. on, 30 min. off. _________If you have foot surgery, it is *absolutely essential* to remain reclining (foot above heart preferred) with *no* weight-bearing for one-two weeks, or moisture on the dressing, and keep the foot cool for one to two weeks, depending on the nature of the procedure. Proper posture minimizes both pain and soft-tissue swelling and speeds up healing. I took *very little* pain medication, narcotic or OTC. 
14 Sep 17 by member: Miraculum
You had me at "no vacuuming for months"... LOL 
15 Sep 17 by member: From371to184
Good luck to you!  
15 Sep 17 by member: iulani
Good luck!πŸ™‹πŸ» 
15 Sep 17 by member: smprowett

     
 

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