We arrived at the hospital just before 8:30 am on Tuesday morning. After getting checked-in, meeting with doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, etc., etc. he finally went into surgery at approximately 10:30 am. Meanwhile, Rich and I went to a nearby Bob Evans and ate breakfast; we picked up Stephen’s prescriptions and then returned to the hospital and waited. The surgery took about two hours. Steve’s surgeon met me in the waiting room and reported that everything had gone well and he was in recovery. It was another 1½ hours before I was able to see him and at about 3:30, we left for home.
Steve's foot at home and resting.
He is out of work for three weeks and then goes back on restricted duty for the next 8 weeks. Overall, he will be non-weight bearing on his right foot and on crutches for 8-10 weeks. During that time, he is unable to drive so we need to coordinate our work schedules so that he can drive to and from work with my mom and me. Let’s just say we have a long road ahead of us, but are confidant that after this is over, Stephen will be able to walk pain-free and resume physical activity…both of which he had been unable to do for several months. Who knows? Maybe he can actually run with me some day :)
On Wednesday, Stephen had his second follow-up appointment where he had X-rays taken, his splint, soft cast and stitches removed. He also received the boot he'll be in for the next two months.
Waiting to get his stiches taken out. I left the room when they started...I didn't want to pass out again :)
Stiches are out!
We had fun pushing him around in the wheelchair. It was a whole lot faster than crutches!
The screws in the heel are due to the realignment of the heel and ankle.
Steve really likes this commercial because it reminds him of his life right now...in his recliner, leg elevated, watching all the other kids having fun. I guess I should stock up on some more popcorn.
On Friday, we had our first night out since his surgery. It was a big day :) We went to the Melting Pot with Sean, Alex, Mom & Rich to celebrate Sean & Alex's new house as well as Steve's progressing recovery.
We followed dinner up with a nightcap at Players. It was a long day for Stephen, but even he'd have to admit that it was a really great time and a nice change from staying at home...
Halloween at Sean & Alex's & Sunday football is on the agenda for the rest of the weekend and then Monday is when Steve heads back to work. I feel like I'm sending him off to his first day of school :) He has his new laptop backpack and we were also happy to find out that his pants fit over his boot so we don't have to invest in any new clothes! Ahhh...the little things in life.
After another follow-up appointment on 11/18, it appears that Stephen is progressing nicely. He has been authorized to put some weight on his foot while he walks as long as his leg remains straight. It took some getting used to, but he seems to be managing well. His next appointment is on 12/9, where he hopes to have the boot replaced by a large split. We’ll keep our fingers crossed!