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This is the latest challenge in my life!

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These are my hubby’s feet. For the past 5 years or so my husband has been complaining about his feet and how much pain he was in.
He finally got to see the Orthopaedic surgeon after a 2 year wait. Btw he had NO diseases such as Osteoporosis or any bone issues. This mystified his specialist. He’s never seen feet in this kind of deteriorated shape!

So recovery time for both feet =2 years or so along with physio therapy.

The plan was to do his worst foot being the right one first. Break all the bones in the body of each foot and 3 months later break all the toes and insert titanium rods in his toes and wait for the many bone graphs hold to take while healing.

and then.... once that is done the other foot needs to be done.
Our living room looks like a hospital ward. The bathroom needed to be fitted with special gran bars, toilet seat etc.

This has been the first full week of recovery. I have never worked so hard in my life. Still putting in 40 hours a week at work. On call 24/7 but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Bed rest for the first week and then the social worker and physio come next week.The physio person will get my husband started on a scooter which he bought. This will aid in his mobility issues.

I have my fingers crossed and hope everything goes according to plan.
 

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Wow, that looks painful.

Best of luck with his recovery.
He’s on fast acting morphine and a slow release one. He is so funny and a real class clown on the 4 mg morphine pill. When it starts to wear off you can really tell. He gets nasty. I totally understand though!
 

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He’s on fast acting morphine and a slow release one. He is so funny and a real class clown on the 4 mg morphine pill. When it starts to wear off you can really tell. He gets nasty. I totally understand though!
I learned while in the hospital recovering from heart surgery that I do not enjoy or tolerate opiates well.

There's a difference between being high and being stoned, not to mention the side effects.

They sent me home with a bottle full of hydromorphone (dilaudid). I returned it unopened after a couple of weeks, once I knew I could live with a few extra strength tylenol.

Be careful with those pills. And sincerely, good luck!
 

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Be careful with those pills. And sincerely, good luck!
My husband didn’t want the 4 mg in the first place but I think he’s glad that he has them. He doesn’t have an addiction problem completely the opposite.
The Hydromorphone is a lot stronger then morphine.
 

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I learned while in the hospital recovering from heart surgery that I do not enjoy or tolerate opiates well.

There's a difference between being high and being stoned, not to mention the side effects.

They sent me home with a bottle full of hydromorphone (dilaudid). I returned it unopened after a couple of weeks, once I knew I could live with a few extra strength tylenol.

Be careful with those pills. And sincerely, good luck!
About 15 years ago my son had his foot run over by a car that caused him years of surgery and pain. The doctor started him out on opiates for the pain. This turned him in to an addict. He is now homeless and still addicted to opiates. It doesn't help that he is diagnosed schizophrenic.
I've read many stories of people starting out with pain meds for injuries and led down a path of destruction.
 

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I've seen hands like that but never feet. Hopefully they discover the cause...he would not want that to spread to other joints. When my doctor wanted to administer opiate based meds to me, I said no and he assured me that the proper dose is not addictive. I agreed and did not become addicted. I only had 2 drip sessions. Used only for pain is okay however, I did not like the brain feeling.
 

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Not to be glib at all, but he has a hard time finding comfortable shoes, doesn't he? Apart from the seemig difference in current foot size, the individual bones look fine, but the toe-knuckles are all akilter. What sort of footwear has he been wearing these past 10 years?
 

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I didn't mean to imply anything. I just know that there's a problem in society with these chemicals and knowing my nature, I wanted to stay away from them. They tried several opiates on me while I was in the hospital and I found them to be unpleasant.

If I needed them I guess I would have had to take them. I'm grateful that I didn't need them.
 

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Lola, I hope your husband has a speedy and successful recovery.

My lone time taking an opiate was after a very severe (6 weeks in a boot) ankle/foot sprain. I took one pill. It made me feel funny, and didn't alleviate the pain. That was the end of that. I took them back to the pharmacy a while later.
 

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Not to be glib at all, but he has a hard time finding comfortable shoes, doesn't he? Apart from the seemig difference in current foot size, the individual bones look fine, but the toe-knuckles are all akilter. What sort of footwear has he been wearing these past 10 years?
Custom shoes and orthotics.
 

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Just wanted to vent and not start anything over opiates. My husband is going to do what’s best for him. His medical team support have a plan in action. It is a big struggle trying to balance everything in my life.
My hubby doesn’t want a PSW in our house. He’s a very very private person. The complete onus for home care is on my shoulders. I have to learn to organize every minute I have. I have a very modified work schedule in that I can leave whenever needed. I live across the street from my work.
Ain’t no rest for the wicked.

 

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My first thought when I look at the X-rays is braces. Seriously. I'm obviously no podiatrist, but if the right index toe had a sort of micro-brace that could be gradually adjusted to straighten it out, that could relieve a lot of pressure on the other 3 toes. Does anyone do that sort of thing, equivalent to the way braces are used to straighten teeth by gradually forcing them into different position? Of course, even if they did, how does that dovetail with footwear?
 
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