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Comment : 8 wks. Cast OFF!
Posted by Linda on Tue 6:18pm 9 October 2001


We went to the OS last Wed. for the 8 wk. check up. He cut off the full leg cast and being that it was 3:30pm and it smelled so bad he instructed Eric to go home and 'take a few baths' and come back at 9am! He put an ace bandage around it and sent him home. He hadn't taken any xrays yet and he wasn't sure if he was going to put him back into a hard cast or not. I was so worried that he'd bump into it or that one of our 3 dogs would crash into it. No problem though. Eric took 3 baths in a row when we got home and he felt SO good afterwards. After xrays in the morning the Dr. said he's meaning OK and put him in a soft removable cast - non-weight bearing. Eric can remove it to shower and sleep. Very nice. It also looks like he won't need the skin graft after all - mother nature has done it's work and the Dr. thinks it will be OK. He starts PT next week. 3 times a week. Our next appt. is in 4 wks. with the OS. Eric can now drive again! High Ho, High Ho, it's off to work he goes! I miss having him at home with me and I worry about him overdoing it and causing the foot to swell but I'm relieved that he's healing. We flew (M16's and soldiers now at San Francisco Airport) to San Diego this past weekend for Del Mar Dirt Track Motorcycle races and he had a great time (he would have liked it better if he was racing - as really wanted race there this year on Sat. night). I think his dirt track racing days are done, but we'll see how well the healing will go first.
More ugly pictures... now without a cast! His foot and leg look fake to me. I keep telling him it's not really his foot. It just looks so strange, swollen and distorted.
http://members.aol.com/lbata2z/images/10030005.jpg this is the side that they thought needed the graft. It's the side the bones came out and the plate and screws went in.
http://members.aol.com/lbata2z/images/10030003.jpg this is the side the rod went in.

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