(me lay in bed feeling sorry for myself whilst typing this posts ahaha, the marks on me are from the heart monitors, despite looking like bite marks)Hi everyone, I hope you are all feeling better than I am (sniffle)! If you read my previous blog post then you will know that I had a foot operation on Monday, I had my big toe fused. (if you are squeamish I would stop reading here) Basically, what they did is they cut through the bone in my big toe, then they cleaned up around my joint because I had slight arthritis in it, and then they place either 1 or 2 screws lengthways through the toe with wire to hold it in place and then stitch your toe back up! It sounds gross I know, and I stupidly googled it before having the operation and made myself feel quite sick from the pictures, I don't recommend that any of you search google images for 'big toe fusion', take my advice I am saving you from your own curiosity!
I went into hospital at 7.00 on Monday morning, so this resulted in a very sleepy me after having little sleep and getting up at 6.00, and I was also very hungry and thirsty as you cant eat or drink before an operation. When I got there I was shown to a ward, which I had to myself for most of the time as it was an overspill ward because it was busy. I was given a hospital gown to change into (which the nurse told me was straight from the cat walks of Milan ;) ) and then I had numbing cream placed on the backs of my hands, which looked like mayonnaise or a giant pussy spot, and clear plasters were put over the top to stop it from going everywhere! You are only supposed to have it put on one hand but the nurse said I have very tricky veins (the numbing cream is for where thy put the cannula needle in) but they couldn't find my veins so she took a lucky guess haha! I then basically waited fo a few hours and saw a lot of nurses who asked lots of questions, I also saw the surgeon and the anesthetist who explained what would happen.
The time eventually came for my operation and I was asked to walk down to an area where you lie on a bed and then get wheeled into the anesthetist's room. My Mum was allowed to stay with me the whole time because I am still classed as a child (under 16) so was in the childrens area of the hospital. I had been so brave up to now (well I though I had anyway) and I had been worrying for weeks about having the cannula needle put in my hand. So when we got to the place where I had to wait on the trolley, I was doing so well, but then my Mum asked me if I was ok and the nerves got the better of me and I burst into tears :( The lay who was also taking care of me was very nice and let me play on a teddy bear game on her phone whilst we waited. I then got taken into the anethetists room to have my cannula and anesthetic put in (the bit that makes you sleep through the operation). I hate needles and this was awful! She tried to get the needle into the back of my left hand first, but after a poke around she couldn't find the vein, so she then tried the right hand but to no success either. By this point It hurt so much and I was so nervous I was just crying to my Mum and holding her hands. So the anesthetist decided to use the gas instead as she couldn't find my veins without it being to painful, I put the mask on and was asked to breathe normally and this was the last thing I new about it before waking up in the recovery ward!
Unfortunatley the anesthetic made me ill and I had to stay in hospital overnight, I was sick and felt faint every time I stood up. But the next morning I was allowed to go home :) I have a big bandage around my foot so I can't move any of my toes, and a special shoe that stops me from putting any weight onto the front of my foot. I also have crutches WOOHOO (I have always wanted crutches) and I have to stay in bed with my foot elevated for weeks :( I am already bored, so I can't see myself doing that. It is very painful but I have been given prescription pain killers to reduce the pain. I am sorry for such a boring, rambly and miserable post, but I feel pretty poopy to be honest! I hope you are all well and enjoying the summer holidays :) x