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Comment : Long Haul
Posted by sean c on Tue 11:43am 17 February 2004
I haven't been to this web site in quite sometime but I feel the need to journey back. For a long time I hsve been off my foot(HAHAHA), and it'd really starting to get at me. If anybody has read my story it's probaly not the worst that anybody has read. It began with a simple TIB/FIB fracture and has grown into one of the biggest headaches of my life. Their are quite a few things that I have gotten used to, going out on dates with my wife in a wheelchair, trying to get the laundry done from crutches, chasing around an 18 month daudhter and just trying to deal with everything. Now it starting to get old. I have had a total of nine operations on my left leg and the last one was a doozy. I had a free flap done and it is one of the crazy things that I or anybody will have to endure. They remove a muslce from your body and place it over an infected area i.e. the shin of my left leg. I had gotten ostheomylethis and it was just eating away at the bone and the only way the bone or anything heals is to keep it away from infection, unfortunaletly the hole in the front of my leg was just calling for an infection. They did the last big surgery on Dec.4th a 6 to 7 hour surgery took an amazing 15 hours. I had ssome really bad clotting issues and they had to call in another micro surgeon to finish the surgery. After that I spent four days in the ICU getting blood tranfusions and trying to get anytype of energy back. My wife was a god send and spent as much time as she could with me. I know that people in the hospital are not always in chipper moods and she was an angel to deal with me. For a week and a 1/2 I lay in bed waithing for the day that my plastic surgeon would come in and tell me that I could finally drop my leg and let the blood starting acting like it should. The first day that I did it the flap started to bleed a little, that out an end to that for a couple of hours. My PS came up to see me and I dropped my leg in front of him and to all of our surprise no blood! Then it was a couple of days to learn the crutches again and then back home 5 days before christmas. Now that I was home it was still pretty much the samething, only drop my leg for ten minutes at a time and only three times a day, But the good thing was is that I was still home. After about three weeks of being home, the doctor told me that I could leave my leg down as long as it didn't hurt or that the muscle didn't get purple. My trips to the doctor's have been pretty regular(looks good well have to see what the PS says). Well on my last trip to the PS they said that they would give the ok to do the boe graft and either plate the bone or put a rod back in it I think that my wife and I are opting for the rod, whatever the case may be I am really starting to get frustated again and I wish that I couyld wake up from this nightmare. The doctor's keep saying that I will be allright but I would really like to go for a walk with my family and start to feel normal again. Thank you for listenig to me I hope that everybody out there starts to feel better and hope to talk to you soon.
- Long Haul - sean c Tue 17 Feb 2004
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