Saturday, 17 January 2015

Two years on

Ah well, all my promises and good intentions of the last post almost a year ago were in vain. I'm still a bad blogger. But hey, I've had a lot going on. Like what? I hear you ask. Well, I had a(nother) baby and if that ain't a good enough excuse for not updating then I don't know what is.

The little man was born July 28, weighing 6lbs 15oz, and totally perfect. He came into the world in our living room in front of his excited big sister, who has been his most adoring fan ever since. Despite all the worries to do with the Factor V Leiden, thanks to the heparin shots the pregnancy was totally fine apart from one unexplained bleed probably caused by the thinners.

Of course, pregnancy took its toll on my feet. All women experience feet that swell, ache and generally change shape in pregnancy (and afterwards) and mine are no exception. He is now six months old and I do get achy feet, because I spend a lot of the day standing up with him in the sling, either getting him to sleep or just getting on with things.

Have I managed to wear heels at all? Sadly, no. I have tried a few times but they HURT. Big time. Not in my joints but the balls of my feel burn because I'm just not used to it and I'm not sure I can take going through the pain in order to build up a resistance again.

I wear flats because they're practical for my lifestyle, and as I only ever want to wear heels occasionally, if I go out, I just get a taxi, sit down a lot, or even take flats to change into. This week it's my 40th birthday (how did I get so old?!!) and while I really want to wear heels at my party (oh hell yeah I'm having a party!) I will probably end up in a pair of flats by the end of the night. Not least because I will be wearing my baby boy in the sling for a lot of it and he is heavy now - 15lbs.

So that's where I am right now. Not much has changed and I don't expect it's going to now, so I think heels are just down to whether I want to try and learn to wear them again, but other than that it's been the best decision I ever made - pain-free, pretty feet that are no longer disfigured or embarrassing.

I do intend to post occasionally, but generally my story is done, I think. Good luck to anyone undergoing this surgery, and do let me know how you get on. I love to read your comments and messages.


  1. I have a daughter that's in ballet. Over the years she has gotten these huge bunions on her feet. She keeps complaining about the pain they're causing her. I'd really like to get her help, so that she doesn't have to go through the pain anymore.

    1. I think she should wait till she's done with ballet. I have a friend who was a professional ballerina and she says the shoes ruin feet so the surgery would be pretty pointless while still dancing.

  2. I've just read your blogs. Thanks so much for an interesting and informative read! I really enjoyed reading your experiences and it had helped me to have some understanding to the slow road to recovery. I am 8 days post op of a Scarf and Akin procedure, having had done on the nhs in Herts. I'm concerned about the lack of information and post op care. You have enlightened me. Ive researched online and joined a FB group which has been an amazing support. I feel that we should have far better aftercare as it is detrimental to not only your physical recovery but your mental health as well!!! Thank you again and many congratulations (even though it's a few years down the line) to the birth of your baby boy xxxxx

    1. I'm glad it's been helpful. That was always the aim. My feet are still the same now and I still mostly avoid heels but I don't regret the surgery at all.
      I hope your recovery goes well and if you'd like to write something for the blog I'd be happy to publish it.
      What is the Facebook group? Can I join?