Surprisingly, the first few days were easier than I expected. I was prescribed narcotics and a hefty dose of ibuprofen, but I stopped the narcotics after just 2 days, with essentially no pain transitioning to just the ibuprofen. (Dr. Keene prescribes the ibuprofen not just for pain, but as a precaution to stop the bone from growing back. I had to take 2400mg a day for two weeks.) Going to the bathroom was still challenging, mostly due to the stiffness of my bandages and not being able to bend my leg much. I was also stuck in compression stockings on both of my legs for a few days.
Being on crutches was annoying, but not as terrible as it could have been, as I was allowed to be partial weight bearing on my operated leg. My paperwork said that I would be on crutches for 2-3 weeks.
I took my first shower 3 days post-op and it was utterly exhausting. I felt more drained afterward than if I had gone for a 20 mile run. My mom had to help me take off my layers of bandages and then tape me up with Glad Press and Seal over my incisions. Getting in and out of the tub was challenging as well. The easiest way I found to take a shower in a standard bathtub was this: Put a stool in the bathroom right next to the tub. Sit on the stool and have someone help you swing your legs around into the tub. Stand, shower, use the stool for support to turn around, etc. When getting out, stay standing in the tub and put the stool outside of the tub. Sit on the stool and have someone help you swing your legs out of the tub. Now if you have a nice walk in shower, then you're luckier than me!
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