A couple of months ago, I underwent a bunionectomy. If you are unsure as to what that is exactly, its day surgery to remove a bunion from a foot. In my case, it was a big bunion from my left foot. It’s been an interesting few months of recovery.
My surgery was back in May and I won’t sugarcoat anything. Ireferred to my surgeon as the MotherfuckigantiChrist more often than I care to admit. He warned me several times pre-surgery that it would be “painful and you are going to swear on me repeatedly.” I smiled and said, “I’ve had three babies all natural, the last one ten pounds. I got this.” He smiled in response. Now, I know why.
I remained in bed for four days following the surgery and had it not been for Hubby serving me food, coffee, and pain killers, it would have resulted in me rising from my bed and crawling to the window to throw myself to the mercy of rabid dogs. Yeah, it was painful.
I hobbled around and was finally able to descend stairs on a Tuesday. I remember it well, since I was afraid of falling and scuttled down on my butt the entire time. I used Hubby’s cane he had stowed away after his knee surgery. It was going swimmingly, until my right knee decided it wanted some sympathy too, and erupted in bursitis. Now, I was really down. A bum left foot and a right knee that screamed every time I bent it.
I couldn’t walk up the stairs, I couldn’t stand for long periods and I could barely walk. I needed crutches, a wheelchair, and a shirtless Spaniard named Marco feeding me grapes. None of which, I had at my disposal.
My main mode of transportation was my ass. Good thing it was large and squishy. It made travelling a lot more comfortable. Oh, yeah. The entire time, I had a large pin jutting from my middle toe, which made for interesting conversation and people largely exclaiming ‘EWWW’ whenever I mentioned it.
By June, I was thankfully over the bursitis and off my ass, so I asked Coach if I could return to Bootcamp . I still had a little sandle/boot on my foot and I still had the lovely pin protruding from my toe, but I thought I could modify my way through. She gave me the nod and my first class was interesting. She refused to look downward lest she gazed upon the ‘pin-of–evil’ and I hopped my way through every exercise. I have to admit, I was doubtful I would manage, but I wanted to try. I was so over the whole sitting–down–and–‘resting’ thing.
I muddled my way through everything she had planned and by the end of June I was hobbling on over to the MotherfuckingantiChrist himself to the have the ‘pin–of–evil’ removed from my toe.
Pin Removal Day, or as people tagged it, HolyFuckingMotherofGodThat’sGonnaHurt Day, was uneventful. Everyone asked “Is he gonna sedate you for that?” or “Are you taking Ativan for that?” to which I had to answer a shaky “Noooo…why do you think I should?” Their looks of disbelief and head-shaking told me I should probably pop a few pain relievers. MotherfuckingantiChrist assured me that I indeed would “not feel it as much as you did when the stitches were removed.”
The stitch removal was a pain only reserved for those who have wronged the Saints in Heaven and have sided with Satan in a murderous plot to fling babies from rooftops. That was some serious painful shit. Hubby was there when I grabbed his leg in agony and swore relentlessly. D1 the nurse, was horrified by my cry-babyness. “Mom, EVEN THE CHILDREN I CARE FOR, DON’T CRY.” Love you too, honey. I digress.
I entered the room to have MotherfuckingantiChrist prepare to pull the pin-of-evil from my toe with nothing more than a pair of tiny scissors and an expression of, “Hold still.” I squeezed my eyes shut and muttered “For fuck’s sake,” recalling every word of caution and regretting the non-pain–killer–popping. I felt a little tug and the pin was out. Done.
His retorts of, “I would never lie to you,” echoing the ever-popular “I told you so,” were still ringing in my head by the time I walked out of the room. I sauntered out into the hospital corridor free of the pin-of-evil and feeling like I had just conquered Kim Jong-un in some sadistic tug-of-war.
Now, a month later the boot is off and I’m almost fully mobile. I can do some cardio but still do the majority of bootcamp on one leg. My middle toe is still tender. Cut me some slack, will ‘ya?
My escapade into bunion surgery is almost to an end and thank Gawwwwddddd. It’s been a long road and I’m almost fully healed.
In the meantime, there’s wine for that and to MotherfuckingantiChrist, thanks for telling me the truth. I WILL NEVER DO THAT AGAIN.