So I took off the bandage this past Sunday as directed. I love posting all photos but thought I would spare the queasy the visual (per AnthonyP's comment/request the photo is now below so continue at your own risk although I don't think it really looks that bad:) You may also notice the nice shaving job they did which may have taken longer than the surgery LOL). The incision is 2.5 to 3 inches long and at this point resembles a zipper or according to Tani, a caterpillar. The kids agree with Tani.
I had a brief visit with the Dr. yesterday and all is as it should be. I began putting weight on my foot yesterday and after encouragement from him to do what I feel I can I really began to push my comfort zone today and have actually been getting around the house with one crutch tonight. So physically I could not be feeling more positive. No problems to date and moving forward I plan to take extra steps each day to improve beyond what I mentally feel may be possible (suck it up as they say). Mentally I am very encouraged the last 2 days. The first big move was to stop taking the pain meds. Don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan and am very thankful I had them the first 3 days. However I feel better now that I am done with them. My head is clear and I can see how they easily become a crutch and could have lengthened my recovery as they drained me any motivation.
I miss running more and more each day but I am trying not to think to far in advance and look at each day of my recovery as part of my training, every day adding something new to my routine to improve. I would not say this is easy by any stretch but so far, good support, mental focus on the short term and doing my best to stay positive about every step has worked for me. Peace.