The nurse practitioner was surprised and impressed at how quickly I’m healing, considering surgery was only five weeks ago. She said the X-rays looked great, the titanium plate and pins are "at one" with my foot and the bones that were cut or separated are almost fused back together.
To back up a couple of weeks, at my last appointment the dressing was replaced by an elastic bandage. The knots in both ends of the dissolvable stitches were snipped. I could wash the foot in the shower, but no extended soaking.
My next appointment is in three weeks and I will very likely drive to it. Once I’m comfortable walking in a real shoe, I can try driving after I practice making emergency stops to be sure I can quickly move from the accelerator to the brake without discomfort.
Soon, I’ll be able to wear socks that match! Since the surgery, I've worn one of my own socks on the left foot, and a long, super-stretchy sock that came with the boot on the right—one size fits all and white. None of my socks would fit over the dressing or the elastic wrap.