Originally Posted by In the Kitchen
Thank you for putting up with me. I just feel so upset about this. I need to get this done and hearing be off feet for this length of time? I will do like you said Mexico Karen and ask him. I just feel like such a pest as I do here that I have to hear what you all think. It just seems no one really wants to do any 'extra' to make life easier. I do seem like I am talking to a wall when I want to ask their advice. It doesn't give them pain so why should they worry?
I will call his office tomorrow. you think I needed someone to hold my hand?
ITK, of course you're upset! They should have given you more specific information.
I think they mean you won't be able to wear a regular shoe for that long. Bunion removal entails a long-ish incision along the side of your big toe. That will be painful and swollen for a while and you probably shouldn't put the pressure of a shoe on it for the 4-6 weeks.
Lots of people have jobs that they can't go without a shoe or wear one of those funny wooden and canvas shoes that the doctor will probably give you. Or maybe they have jobs that require them to walk or stand for long periods of time. So maybe that's what they mean when they say you'll be out of commission for that long.
With the toenail and the bunion together, I think you'll be doing only necessary
walking (like to the bathroom) for a week or so, but you'll not be back to full function for the 4-6 weeks. I'm not a doctor and your doc may want something different, but that was how it was for my friend's mother when she had the bunion surgery. So just call them tomorrow and ask exactly
what you can and can't do for the 4-6 weeks. Then ask specifically if you can get up to cook, to let the dogs out, drive to the grocery store, etc. They should be able to tell you all of that so you can make a decision.
Good luck, Hon. I know bunions are very painful and I hate to think you won't be able to get this fixed. Let us know what happens.