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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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Got to see my left foot yesterday for the first time since surgery. Both Mrs. Prof and I were surprised by the straightness and neatness of the stitches. Quite a few of them, too--at least ten, possibly more, with a central stitch running the length of the incision. Looked like a very long American football. The doctor was satisfied with them and said they'll come out October 1st.

Had him look at the osteomyelitis on toe #2 of my left foot. He concentrated on the external symptoms, saying that it appeared it was healing. If, however, it broke open again and began to do nasty stuff, then amputation might become an option. Not now, though - it looked good now.

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I am running on day four of a non-stop headache. I don't know if it's a stress headache, a sinus headache, or a migraine. I'm treating all three, but nothing seems to be working: Tylenol, Sudafed, nor rizatriptan. Has anyone got any advice on how to get rid of one of these? I'm feeling miserable.

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Going to the doctor about the headache today. It's been over a week and the pain hasn't gone away. I'm starting to think that the biggest culprit is a sinus infection, but other parts of my head hurt as well. Hope he can figure this out for me.

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1 hour ago, Pharaoh RutinTutin said:

If we ever figure out a way to safely and cleanly drain the humans sinuses on demand, we will put a lot of physicians and pharmacists out of work.

I thought your mummifying technicians had that one down pat. They could completely remove a person's innards and none of them would even get scratched.

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Saw the doctor, who diagnosed my headache as acute maxillary sinusitis. He's put me on Augmentin and on a pain medicine called "Fioricet w/Codeine." I'm a little concerned about the latter, but he says it attacks pains that my oxycodone doesn't touch. I hope like hell it works, because on a scale of 1 to 10, my pain was pulling a hard 7 during the appointment. Fingers crossed.

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The headache medicine did work. "Did" because I'm out of it. The headaches are back. Trying to get a refill.

In other news, the surgeon removed my stitches from my left foot today and pronounced it healing well. I get to come back in two weeks for a re-check.

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Went back to my doctor today for the edema (swelling) in my right foot that accompanied me into the hospital several months ago. It's still swollen and flaking (due to repeated cycles of growing and shrinking). I'm being referred to a vascular specialist to see what's at the root cause of this. In the meantime, I'm being put on a higher dose of Lasix plus a prescription potassium supplement (Lasix makes you urinate, which leaches potassium from your bloodstream). I'm supposed to be on a liquid potassium, due to my gastric bypass.

Also brought up the fact that I'm still getting headaches and that my sinuses still hurt. He switched my antibiotic to doxycycline as a last resort before going back on the PICC line. Lord, please keep that thing out of me.

I also got a steroid shot - but almost didn't. Everyone forgot. He prescribed it, left the exam room, and my wife and I went over to get my prescribed blood tests done at the lab. We were in the car and about to close the door when my wife asked, "Didn't you get your steroid shot?" Park the car, go back inside, wait for a nurse to be available, and have the shot done. Wackiest thing I've ever done at the doctor's office.

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The potassium supplement has hit a bit of a snag. Turns out the one from the pharmacy has sucralose (a.k.a. Splenda) in it. I'm allergic to sucralose. Can't take it. So, the doctor is going to have a "compounding" pharmacy make up a special blend for me that has sucrose (sugar) instead. It'll take a week to get the order done, for some reason. Don't ask me why. Until then, I'm taking an OTC potassium supplement on the off chance that it will do any good.

Meanwhile, my swollen right foot has swollen even further. It looks and feels like I've got a baseball down in the joint, with the rest of the foot relatively swollen. The 40mg Lasix dose hasn't kicked in yet, and my foot is reacting accordingly. I've taken my shoe and sock off - too painful.

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