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Hurt my foot a couple of nights ago by stepping on the long bone of the outer left foot oddly. My "hurt" outer toe bone turned out to be a badly fractured 5th metatarsal. My left foot is now in a cast and a boot. The fracture will require surgery with a plate (and a screw, I assume) to repair. Now waiting for the surgeon to contact me.

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2 hours ago, Pharaoh RutinTutin said:

A fractured metatarsal is not what any of us had in mind when we thought, "The Prof deserves a break."

Come on, those of you who didn't give this a heart comment. If you can't laugh at the walking wounded, who can you laugh at? :D

 

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On 9/7/2018 at 1:04 PM, ProfessorTomoe said:

Hurt my foot a couple of nights ago by stepping on the long bone of the outer left foot oddly. My "hurt" outer toe bone turned out to be a badly fractured 5th metatarsal. My left foot is now in a cast and a boot. The fracture will require surgery with a plate (and a screw, I assume) to repair. Now waiting for the surgeon to contact me.

At least they know what the problem is, and thus have a good chance of fixing it!  And you could have been stuck in a boot in the hottest part of summer or in the bitterest, coldest part of winter.

wielding the silver lining polish again....

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16 hours ago, CritterKeeper said:

At least they know what the problem is, and thus have a good chance of fixing it!  And you could have been stuck in a boot in the hottest part of summer or in the bitterest, coldest part of winter.

wielding the silver lining polish again....

Thou speakest the truth. The weather has been relatively mellow as of late. Inside of cloud acknowledged as well and truly polished.

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Surgery is tomorrow (Friday). I check in at 8am for a 10am procedure. My blood tests and paperwork were done yesterday, so it's all over but the cutting. Mrs. Prof told the surgeon that she was worried about my "brittle bones," so he said he's going to use a heavy-duty plate inside me, along with five or six screws. (The ankle surgeon only used eight screws at most in one of my broken ankles.) I fear I'm going to have one hell of a lumpy bone once this is finished.

Healing time is estimated at a month.

The up side is that I'll have a much stronger metatarsal in the event that I should stumble again. I'll also have sort of a hard hat in case I drop a bowl of custard on my foot. :D

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Surgery went smoothly, with the exception of a damned painful IV. The last thing I remember before going under is telling the surgical staff that the anesthesia injection hurt like hell. No big bruise left over, but I've got what looks like a vampire bat bite on my hand. No more hand IVs if I can avoid them.

I woke up well and was nursed back to consciousness well, with plenty of crunchy ice, cranberry juice, and graham crackers. They even did a bit of physical therapy with me before letting me go, showing me how to walk on just my heel. They suggested that I not use my rollerator and use my walker instead, since it's easier to stop myself from falling with a walker. I've since taught myself to use my cane inside my house, but I'll still be using a walker outside.

If you read Facebook, you would have seen my biggest surprise—I'm down below 300 lb. for the first time since my gastric bypass back in 2010! I've been on Lasix for swollen legs for the past month or so, and it's finally doing its job. It also helps that I haven't been eating a ton or indulging in sweets. The hospital scale registered me at 288. Made me a very happy boy.

I did eat a bit more healthy on Saturday. Check the appropriate food thread for details.

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