Week Seven

Recovery after Bunion Surgery

Finally the day of my appointment with my Doctor arrived and I was in high spirits – even though I had butterflies fluttering around in my tummy, I was eager to hear what the next phase in my recovery would entail.

Upon examining my feet, Dr Hastings indicated he was very happy with the healing process. He gave me the greatest news ever – that I could go ahead and fling those ghastly moon boots into the deepest ocean – okay I’m exaggerating here, but that’s what I imagined when he said I no longer needed to wear them *DOUBLE YAY*. He added that I could resume my normal activities – walking, gyming, driving – everything except running.

Next was my appointment with the Physiotherapist and she showed me a few exercises to perform to strengthen my big toes. Then came the moment of truth – whether my feet were strong enough to walk on as no pressure has been applied over the past seven weeks. She helped me off the bed and onto my feet and slowly led me by the hand to roll my feet and walk. I took small steps along the corridor and *drum roll* – NO PAIN – my smile was brighter than the sun!!! She commended how good my feet looked – although warning it was imperative that I perform the exercises daily.

Driving home with Neil felt like I had received an early Christmas gift and got exactly what I hoped for:-). Finally, I was given the go-ahead to walk in normal shoes – okay broad toe-box shoes – at this stage I really don’t care whether they are fashionable, as long as they’re comfortable. The very first thing I did when I got home was hop into the shower – standing on my own feet, water cascading over me, revelling in the longest shower I could stretch! I had dreamed of this moment for months and now that it was transpiring – I was in heaven! I truly appreciate my feet far more now and fully comprehend how simple pleasures can easily disappear from our lives in an instant without us knowing how lucky we are to have the privilege of our limbs or precious bodies.

I was over the moon to resume my normal activities and I went out of my way to ensure that my family celebrated a wonderful Christmas. I prepared as many dishes as I could before the big day to save time and not stress myself out. Even though I found it tough standing on my feet all the time, it was great being able to take care of my family and present them with a delicious Christmas meal with all the fan-fare. My friend Kim joined us and it was lovely having her at our table on one of the most delightful days of the year. Family and friends – the best blessings one could ask for:-).

As Christmas came and went and after eating far too much – I knew it was time to whip myself into shape. Over the past seven weeks, as much as I’ve tried to eat healthy during the course of the week, all the special outings Neil and I undertook over the weekends had cushioned me with unwanted weight. I was struggling to fit into my clothes and the moment of reckoning had arrived to resume an exercise routine.

On Saturday, Neil and I visited the gym eager to burn the excess kilograms. I could cycle, utilise the elliptical trainer, lift weights and swim. When I hopped onto the stationery bicycle, I was cautious not to hurt my feet and placed the level on one and set the time limit to ten minutes. When I finally reached ten minutes – I was flustered and sweating bullets! I couldn’t believe how unfit I’d become, considering I was training for a marathon and had built a huge fitness base before my op. It dawned on me that I was going to have to start from the very beginning and it would take considerable patience and dedication to get myself back on the road to fitness *sigh*.

On the same day I attended a talk by US Romance Author, Natasha Boyd on her journey into self-publishing. I belong to the Romance Writers Organisation of South Africa (ROSA) a group on Facebook which provides a platform for Romance Readers and Writers to communicate, promote their work and review books. I reviewed an anthology by Angéle Wells and Phoenix Kelly “Taking Pleasure Seriously” and was blown away by their writing abilities. Angéle organised this initiative and I decided to attend the event even though I was nowhere close to publishing a book or even writing my first novel.

We met at the Aquarium, amongst the hustle and bustle of tourists in Cape Town, in a conference venue, aptly titled the “Tranquillity Room”. In the back drop was a massive glass panel filled with humungous fish swimming in a merry go round. Only a few writers were present, from the introductions made, everyone was published or self-published writers. Natasha Boyd was warm and friendly and proceeded with her talk on her journey into writing and her great success within a short span of time, the pitfalls of signing with publishing companies who bind you to strict contracts, the advantages and disadvantages of utilising an Agent to market your work, etc. It was a real eye-opener realising that even though a writer has written a marvellous book, the struggles they face in getting their work published and receiving their worth. Natasha Boyd has written two romance novels, and her third “Eversea” was self-published and she conveyed her sentiments on this initiative.

Natasha Boyd gave freely of her time with no compensation made as she was on a visit with her family in Cape Town. It was wonderful sitting with a group of seasoned writers discussing our passions especially in a genre we all love. Even though I felt like a complete novice in their company, it was great to get out again and mingle with other writers, networking and learning as much as I can from the industry and the secrets to their success.

This week was everything and more than I ever expected! Not only have my feet shaped up nicely – I have been able to resume almost all of my former activities:-). I truly feel as if the recovery period was a blessing in disguise. It allowed me the space and time to find myself, to open my soul to new endeavours (meditation), to read to my hearts’ content, to focus 100% on my writing passion, enabling me to meet new writers and broaden my contacts while committing to a genre I adore – ROMANCE. The highlight of this phase was most definitely bonding with my family – a priceless treasure – and I was fortunate enough to be afforded with their unconditional love and care:-).

I want to take this opportunity and thank all my amazing friends – you know who you are – who came out week after week to check up on me, all the messages and calls, I truly appreciated each and every one and I will not forget who walked into my life and left footprints on my heart:-). This might be the end of my bunion recovery updates – however the Sweet Life of Sumi Singh will continue to deliver bigger and better happenings in 2015. I hope you stay with me for the ride…

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10 thoughts on “Week Seven

  1. Delighted to hear the outcome was successful. What a relief! I’ve enjoyed reading about your Bunion Journey and congratulate you on your positive approach to the painful process. You transformed the episode into a Personal Growth period – no mean feat (pun intended!).
    Attending the ROSA meeting was clearly a highlight – its always great to meet other writers in your genre.
    Looking forward to reading more blog posts, whatever the topic.

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  2. Candace says:

    Hi Sumi. Lovely blog ❤️
    I have scheduled an appointment with Dr hastings as I need to get a double bunionectomy AGAIN. The previous op (different doc) has failed terribly 😞. Are you satisfied with your results? Would you refer Dr Hastings to friends and family? I am too scared of another no go. Please advise. XxX

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  3. Hi Candace 🙂

    Thank you for your comment. Sorry to hear about your op, I can just imagine how frustrating it must be for you having to pluck up the courage to try again. I always believe when you sit down with a Doctor and he/she can answer all your concerns genuinely, are able to put you at ease that you can take your time and make this huge decision, then you have hit the jackpot. I felt this way with Dr Hastings and would definitely recommend him as he is one of the best specialists around and I am over the moon with the outcome of my op.

    I hope all goes well with your appointment:) Stay in touch and let me know how it goes 🙂

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    • Candace says:

      Thank you for your reply. I am so sorry to hear about your injury 😞

      I had an appointment with Dr Hastings on Wednesday and unfortuantely the news he gave me had me devastated. He felt that the previous Orthopedic should never have performed a bunionectomy on both of my feet. My feet are now left with more issues and deformaties. He told me that my feet will never be 100%. 😥

      Basically he would start with the right foot (the bigger problem) and remove all the screws from the previous operation. Then he sortof needs to make the best of a bad situation. Its so heart breaking to know I will never have “normal” feet.

      Thank you for your blog. Will be visiting it often after the operation.

      Xx

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      • Nice to hear from you Candace 🙂 My injury is a minor setback – something I didn’t expect, but had to accept eventually. I know I will be on the mend soon and pursue the things I love again 🙂

        It makes me so angry that there are so many specialists out there who perform operations just to make money, not taking into consideration the consequences of their actions!

        I really wished that it was better news for you Candace 😦 Having to undergo this a second time around can’t be easy and truly is a brave move on your side. I can’t imagine what you are going through, but I pray that you stay positive and believe that you are making the right decision to fix the situation.

        Knowing Dr Hastings and his work, I am sure he will do a very good job and do it to the best of his ability. Keep the faith and please let me know how you’re doing after the op.

        Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog, I really do appreciate it 🙂

        All the best 🙂

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  4. Candace says:

    Thank you for the lovely comments and words of encouragement. I will definitely let you know how the procedure went, its now been scheduled for the 8th Dec and once the medical aid approves its official.

    I was also on medication for my skin at the time of the original procedure which the Dr guaranteed is fine but Dr Hastings informed me that I need to wait at least 3 months AFTER the operation before I can take the meds again. 😦 I agree with your statement regarding specialists who are all about the “moola”. 😦

    I keep on contemplating whether I should get a second opinion or not due to what happend the first time around. How are your feet now?

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  5. Only a pleasure Candace 🙂 Regarding a second opinion, only you can make that decision, so listen to your gut and if it steers you in that direction, then go for it.

    My feet are great 🙂 I take really good care of them, I don’t wear high heels or any shoe that hurts or causes me discomfort. Even when walking bare feet, I’m super conscious of them due to the pins and watch where I tread.

    I hope all goes well with the op and everything works out the way you wish 🙂

    Take care 🙂

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