I'm sure this is just what you've been waiting to see! It's what has been keeping me away from the torch, the soap pot and from any new activity on the blog.
On Tuesday, I had surgery to remove a neuroma from between the third and fourth toes on my left foot.
A few years ago, I had the bunion on that foot repaired, but it didn't correct the pain I was having. Until now, I had put off having further surgery because I was afraid it was maybe just a "vanity" thing... wanting to be able to wear nicer shoes and not squeaking when I walked because of the orthotic in the clunky shoes I was forced to wear.
Now, I wish I hadn't waited so long. The surgery was as close to "fun" surgery as I could imagine. The IV nurse (the part I dread the most) was fantastic! I hardly knew she had even done her job. And the anesthetician was perfect. He kept it very light and I was "in and out" during the surgery itself which was done basically with a block.
The entire staff, as well as my surgeon, truly made it as enjoyable an experience as surgery can be... they seem to all enjoy what they do and take a lot of pride in their work.
I was gratified when the surgeon said, "Maryanne, this is the biggest neuromas I have ever seen - sit up and take a look at it if you want to." I didn't sit up, but I was very relieved to hear that what had been causing all the trouble wasn't just a little something that anyone else would have just lived with.
Today I went for my first post op appointment and everything looks as good as it can even though the toes look a bit "wonky" and the Betadine stains certainly don't help the picture.
I can walk, somewhat gingerly - with the rolling gait of a pirate! But, in another week or two, I should be good as new... maybe even better.
Sorry I went so off track, but when you are spending your days with your foot elevated and iced, it is pretty much all you can think of! I'm sure I'll be back at the torch and soap pot very soon and I will get back to much more interesting and attractive pictures!