I've been struggling with my bunion for as long as I can remember. When I started running this past year, it all seemed to come to a head when I couldn't find any shoes that didn't absolutely kill my feet. Then I had more and more problems with finding comfortable flat shoes. I felt the Lord prompting me to see a doc about it. They confirmed that I qualified for surgery. Even though this is the worst possible time in my life to have surgery, being at 100% on our insurance, I made up my mind to do it before the first of the year. If you are squeamish, I am warning you the next few pictures are pretty graphic. But I am so excited to tell you that the surgery is probably a success.
There were two incisions. One in between my toes to correct to break the bone and remove scar tissue so that my big toe will be straight instead of sloping to the right. The second incision was to remove the excess bone that was sticking out. The pin the the toe is about 4 inches long and goes straight into my foot and holds it all together.
This is the day after my surgery. The boot has been a problem because of swelling. My big toe is extremely sensitive and can't stand any pressure. I have to wear the boot though or my Achilles tendon might shorten during the six to eight week recovery. The pin absolutely grosses me out. I can hardly stand to look at it and break out in a cold sweat when I think of them removing that with me being awake and no pain killers. God alone is going to get me through that one. I've never had stitches before and he got me through the removal OK. It stung, but glad that one more step is done.
This picture shows the difference in the shape of my foot. My toes are no longer listing to the right and my foot is narrower. I'm praying that when all is said and done all of this pain and hassle of not being on my feet will be worth it. I look forward to walking and even running again.
My church family has been such a big help with meals. I am so thankful! My husband has had to step out of his comfort zone and do many tasks that he has never had to do. My sweet sister came and spent a week with me. She did an outstanding job and I can't tell you how much it meant for me to have her here keeping me company as I was feeling so lonely and blue. My friend, Margaret has been a huge help and even gave Jackie a break so that she could have a nap. She also took me to my doc appointment on Friday. So thankful again for all the friends and family that are willing to help me. Grandparents are scheduled to help out a lot in the next two weeks. It will be nice to have company, since I can't get out.
Even though the surgery and recovery time was a lot harder that I expected, I know God is teaching me things and I will grow because of it. I am trying to have a positive attitude and have only had a few "emotional" moments (mostly when I feel helpless and frustrated as I rely on others to meet my needs).
Thank you for all your prayers. I can't tell you how much it means to me to have all of you praying and lifting our family up in this difficult time. My sister would print out the comments for me so I could read them and they encouraged my heart so much. Thank you so much! Love to all and have a Merry Christmas.
(I need to go put my foot up, I've been really naughty to do this. I just had to let you know how I was doing. You all have been so wonderful!) Forgive me for not proofing. I need to get off of here! LOL!
"Show me your way , oh Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long." -Psalm 25:4-5 My Mission for this BLOG is to bring glory to God as I share what He is teaching me as I raise my children for Him. I want to encourage mothers all around the world to hang in there! Motherhood is tough, challenging and gritty. But through Christ's strength and the support of other moms who are in the trenches, I will keep pressing towards the goal to raise Godly children. Please feel free to leave comments. It blesses me so much! You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a Stay-At-Home mother of six children. We LOVE having a large family. My first love, is Christ and the Words of the Bible. My passion is to teach my children about the Lord. I love to watch my children discover their own faith in God. My husband has been a firefighter for over 20 years and is now an officer. I am very proud of him. I long to be a Titus 2 woman who encourages other women to love their husbands and children and to thrive in their homes, not just survive.
The noblest calling in the world is that of a mother. True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions. She who can paint a masterpiece or who can write a book that will influence millions deserves the plaudits and admiration of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influence throughout the ages long after paintings shall have faded, and books and statues shall have been destroyed, deserves the highest honor that man can give. -David O. McKay Motherhood is the one thing in all the world which most truly exemplifies the God-given virtues of creating and sacrficing. Though it carries the woman close to the brink of death, motherhood also leads her into the very realm of the fountians of life and makes her co-partner with the Creator in bestowing upon eternal spirits mortal life. -David O McKay We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward. -Psalm 127:3 The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom -Henry Ward Beecher The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children. -Elaine Heffner People who say they sleep like babies usually don't have them. -Leo J. Burke
To be a mother is a woman's greatest vocation in life. She is a partner with God. No being has a position of such power and influence. She holds in her hands the destiny of nations, for to her comes the responsibility and opportunity of molding the nation's citizens. -Spencer W. Kimball