After completing surgery at the surgical center and resting in recovery, it was time to go home.  I went right to the couch and propped up my foot on the ottoman across from me. I had my tray next to me with my medications, water, and crackers. I started icing my foot right away and entertaining myself with the television. Elevation and icing complete! I was well medicated at that point and really had no pain.

The medication was making me very sleepy and I found I would drift off a lot. Later in the day, once the anesthesia wore off, the pain was increased, however, once you pop the pain medication it subsides quickly. I was on the medication for about 3 days total. The surgical center called me later that day to check in and see how I was feeling.

The following day we had noticed my toes and toenails were yellow, so when the surgical center called one last time to check on me I asked about it. They said not to worry it was the iodine and that it would go away. They said if I noticed any other strange coloring to give the surgeon a call.

By Saturday when I took a peek at my toes I noticed they were blue. Worried, I called my doctor who informed me the color was due to the tourniquet. With the tourniquet pulled tight during surgery, it will break blood vessels in the foot. He double checked that the toes were blue near the tips and not the base, which I confirmed. He said not to worry. It did end up taking a good 4-5 weeks until my toes weren’t bruised anymore.

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