It's terrific and a little weird to take it off. I slept barefooted for the first time in a while. Large parts of the skin on the foot are numb, and that is strange brushing against the sheets.
The foot got its first thorough washing in the shower with gentle soap and a gentle washcloth. It's amazing how much dead skin accumulates in there. After soaking for a while, I removed about two teaspoons of a pasty substance from the sole that had the appearance and consistency of mushy wet soap. The sole is very ticklish, and I had trouble cleaning it.
The shower did much to improve the appearance of the foot. There is still an embedded scab along the sutures, and the strapping tape is still there though much loosened from the cleaning. I am supposed to let both scabs and tape fall off when they want to.
My family is going to an amusement park, and that's a possibility. The foot in the cast should handle roller coaster rides okay. There is a problem of getting around. I've tried ditching the crutches and I can hobble around pretty well without them, a Big Improvement in lifestyle. I may even be clearing the table soon. But I've been told to keep using the crutches for another week.
The removable cast comes off, and therapy begins, at five months post-op, not five months from now, a distinction I had missed before. I plan to use the therapy on both feet if they permit it: if it helps the repaired foot, it can help the "good" one. My right PTT has been a bit sore the past couple of days. The good foot takes a beating helping the bad one.
My back continues to be a little annoyed at the whole thing. It will be much better when I can walk again. I am still advised to take the elevator instead of the stairs. We do not strengthen the left foot yet, just let those tendons heal.
I am clearly very lucky to have the kind of job I do. Any one with a job requiring standing, walking, or any activity is likely to be on disability for many months.
Update - Fourteen weeks post-op.
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