Wednesday, April 26, 2006
On Monday morning I'll be admitted for surgery at Wishard. The surgery should be at about 11:30 am as long as no emergencies get in the way. On the bright side, I'm no longer considered an emergency! They'll be removing the extra bone only, so I won't be losing any length. The way that it's been described to me, normal bone is like a tree branch while this new growth is more like coral. It's growing off the end, to the inside, and up. Due to the consistency of the bone Dr. Stewart says that she can cut the bone off without bothering my femur. While she's in there she's going to cut the ends off of a couple screws that are apparently too long.
I'll be staying at Wishard Monday night and then on Tuesday morning I'll be going to IU Med where they will irradiate (is that the right word?) the end of my leg. The purpose of this is to stop the cells from multiplying. This should prevent any further growth. It's not guaranteed but what really is anymore? If I haven't mentioned it before there is a chance that the bone could grow back. In fact, the bone could grow anywhere in my body. It's not a result of the amputations, but rather the burn trauma. It occurs with Burn, Spinal, and Brain trauma.
Once I have healed, which may be another 4 to 6 weeks, I'll get another fitting on my left leg and a new socket will be made for my prostheses (sp?). Hopefully then the legs will become more practical for me to wear everyday instead of being a novelty.
It's difficult for me to stay positive right now because of the step back, and because of a rather nasty cold that has crept up on me. But, I have to look at it like this. If I were trying to push a boulder out of my way and it wouldn't move I could waste the rest of my life trying to force it or I could step back, rethink the problem, and find another way around the boulder. With any luck this surgery will make it possible for me to walk most places as opposed to pushing myself around in a wheelchair. I promise, someone will let you know how the surgery goes on Monday. Till then have a great weekend!
May your spirits be lifted by the knowledge that so many people love you and are praying for you as you face the obstacles placed in your road to full independence.
Lisa Kuper Lusk
The cold thing must really be making it's way around - I'm just getting over it and Ellie and Anna are in the thick of it! Hope yours is better before Monday!
I'm sorry to hear that you have another surgery and recovery period to go through. I'm sure that must be frustrating for you, but just keep your focus on that goal of pain free walking. I think your boulder analogy is fantastic, and just the right way to look at this.
I'll be sending positive thoughts your way for the surgery, and I hope your recovery time will fly by. Stay strong!
I'll be praying for you during and after the surgery, for a miraculously quick recovery, no loss of mobility and the hope that this, too, shall pass. I'll also be shopping in the Wiz gift shop for the perfect gift that says "get well soon" in a Wishard kind of way...
Thanks for being the best patient ever (at least, thus far in my career!).
Love and hugs,
Tom and I will be thinking of you on Monday. You have made an incredible, fast recovery and sometimes some setbacks happen. Hang in there I know that you will succeed in record time.
Alex and Tom
Bill and Pam Moore
Skeets & Merrilinda :-)
We in HTM at Purdue are thinking of you and love reading your blogs. Your humor and wisdom in all this is amazing. You are on my prayer list and others in my church. We pray your surgery goes well and you will heal quickly and be back up soon! Take care.
Mary Beth Brubaker
Hospitality and Tourism Management
I can imagine its hard to stay positive but when you get to feeling down, just look at how far you've come so far and how quickly. And look at all the support and love you have to help you through the bad bits.
I hope the surgery goes well.
Love Annie x
Janice, René and Stefanie Hofer
Jennie and I will be thinking about you tomorrow. Hang in there and this too shall pass. You are amazing! Take care.
Our love to you and family,
Harry and Lilla
There's not a thing wrong in letting God know you have had some discouragement. He can fill this void in ways that only He can do.
He didn't bring you this far to leave you. Just rest assured that there are so many praying for you.