|My leg in the splint. If you look at my toe area you can see where the blue cuff is peaking out.|
IT IS AMAZING. I might have mentioned that I don't handle pain all that well. And this surgery was painful. I had some heavy duty pain meds, and was pretty out of it for a couple days, but I was still in pain. The ice machine was the best way to manage the pain along with the meds. It made a HUGE difference in my pain level. When I couldn't use it for the weeks I was in my cast, it was noticeably harder to manage my pain (although it was lessening, thank goodness!). Also, when the splint was taken off for my ankle to be cast it wasn't very swollen. Even my surgeon and the nurse who put my cast on were very impressed with my lack of swelling compared to others they see. I credit this amazingness to the ice machine as well. I'm in love with this machine!
I got it back out the other day to use when I was having a lot of swelling and pain again. And it was just as magical as I remembered.
|Hooked up to the ice machine again! It is awesome! It's really hard to get your foot above your heart though...|
One quick shout out to my mom, and my sister, who filled the cooler with ice and water, carried it upstairs, hooked me up to it, waited 20 minutes, then came back and unhooked me, many times for many days when I couldn't do it myself. (Not to mention getting food to me and all of the other things they did for me!) They are the best and I am SO incredibly lucky to have them!