For those who care, I’m posting the progression of my ankle (fusion) surgery from start to finish. Just in case you’re contemplating, or even if you’re not…here you go:
- Preparation. It may take years to come to the realization that you can no longer stand the pain. Once you decide to go for it, begin to prepare and don’t look back.
- Surgery. The surgery itself was an exercise in trust. I trusted my surgeon and it worked out. He is a man or great confidence.
- The second cast was on for the remainder of the first six weeks. It came of in mid-July. By the time it came off, I was suffering from serious cabin fever. Even took some anti anxiety pills. They worked.
4, With the new “boot” cast I had to use crutches for two more weeks, but at the end of eight weeks, I was allowed to walk with the boot on.
5.Finally the day when I could put my mountaineering boot on my right foot. That was around the 10th week. The July 15 X–Ray showed that the bone was 80% grown in.
6 After putting on a real boot, it wasn’t long before I could take real walks and even a hike at Del Valle dam.
7. At some point in mid August, I celebrated a bit because I could see better days ahead.
8. Today, at the three month visit. Dr. Hamilton told me that I was good to go and that I didn’t have to worry about hurting the ankle because it was 100% fused. He told me to do whatever I was comfortable with.
He also said he liked my video.
Today I climbed the hill again. Not all the way to the top, but at least half way. Didn’t want to get too sore, but right now, I’m fine and ready for more. Let the mountain climbing begin.