LOVED those photos, Bob!!! Not only are they gorgeous pics, but SO nice to see that you are back in the "real world" outdoors!
When a doctor says to me (and this happened recently for one of my issues) that one option of dealing with a problem is to "alter your activity", what I hear is "sit on the couch" - which obviously distresses me, even if that isn't exactly what they meant! I was happy to see that your "couch" is outdoors!
Yes, my bunionectomy recovery is going well. I am 3-1/2 week post-op, and started weightbearing at week two and got rid of the crutches then. Going stir-crazy with endorphin shortages, and really missing being active, but still trying to elevate my foot as much as possible to help get the swelling down. So tickled with how straight the foot looks now, on the xrays and in real life! After Thanksgiving, will hopefully be out of the post-op shoe and back into regular shoes (eventually NOT extra-wide???!! Can't wait!). The rest of my family will be in the Turkey Trot Run/Walk that weekend, but they don't have a division for Turkey Limp (or Limp Turkey, which is what I feel like), so I'll be on the sidelines.
Comparably to your Steadman experience, my experience with Dr. Boike at the Cleveland Clinic was similar. (Financial disclosure - I do have a vested interest in this organization due to employment relationships.) A lot of attention to detail and making me comfortable for my surgery. Being in the healthcare field, I have very high standards and sometimes see things which a layperson might miss, but I was very happy with how the whole procedure was orchestrated. Dr. Boike himself is very approachable, and (this is a rarity amongst surgeons) sometimes if I called with a question and spoke with his assistant, if I stated that I also had a question which I wished to discuss with Dr. Boike himself, she would often put him on the phone right then and there, or have him call me back fairly quickly if he was not in surgery at the time.
Just like Elizabeth, I am VERY eager for that done-with-it-all time to come (now it looks as if I have a toe fusion as well as ankle scope, and maybe shoulder scope, in my future). As I have recently told a few doctors, I just want to pull the "car" into the garage and get everything tuned up at once. Patience is so hard to summon when you are used to being active and one's body insists upon following the (normal) course of aging (55 coming up on Saturday!). Perhaps I can follow your lead and look upon my other orthopedic issues as "annoyances" until I reach the appropriate time for having them dealt with, and hope that the list doesn't get any longer in the meantime.
I am SO happy to hear that your fused toe is now pain-free AND not keeping you from activities. That is the most hopeful news of all! Your footwear comments are also appreciated. What did you end up getting as your new hiking boots? Probably the heavier-soled boots are particularly helpful for your un-fused toe, because your fused toe doesn't really care about that anymore?
Keep us updated on your activities so that we can remain inspired!