Thursday, March 26, 2015

Leg Injury Update



Back to my current invalid situation.  Good news on Tuesday, I got my staples out.

This morning my home health care worker said I could start taking showers again.  Yipee!  I've grown accustomed to taking sink baths but I do so want to start taking showers again.  Sink baths only go so far.

Next Tuesday I have an appointment with my orthopedic doctor.  This will be three weeks to the day since my surgery. My home health care workers tell me my wound (incision) is healing nicely.  The only problem I have now is one that I've had since I fell on that chunk of rain spout ice at the hotel on February 18th, was that my lower left leg, the one I can't lift, and my left foot is still swollen.  Sometimes at the end of the day that swollen foot is throbbing with pain.  I have to elevate it, not use it like I am now typing this blog entry.  I pay a price every time I'm at my computer.

Physical therapy should begin next week.  The next two months (April and May) will be consumed with physical therapy to get my left leg working again.  And none to soon because taking over some of my household duties is getting to Bill.  I'm trying to minimize what has to be done but there is only so much I can do.  One thing I've learned from this accident is how vulnerable we all are, especially me and Bill, two old guys living by ourselves here in a big house in a development.  I can't drive, I can't vacuum clean, and can only shop for groceries with the greatest of effort and then pay a price for that exertion with a swollen leg and foot.

But enough about me and my complaining.  I think of those one hundred and fifty people who senselessly lost their lives because a pilot decided to take all those innocent people with him when he decided to commit suicide.  The tragedy for their families is almost too much for me to comprehend. And it also puts my present condition into the category of a mild hiccup.

Have a great day folks. Ted Cruz, the Canadian Texas senator who sounds like Bugs Bunny, announced for president yesterday.  Glad to see there is some people still have a sense of humor.



19 comments:

  1. Fantastic news that the staples are out and you can actually shower again! You're making progress, Ron, and I'm so glad.
    Whenever you go shopping, just think of me - having to navigate perilous mountain roads to get to a store. I was planning to go today, but there are huge thunderstorms. Take care.

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    1. Jon,
      I think of you and your living situation quite a lot, especially the trek you have to go through just to get to the store. I had a cousin who lived in the wilds of Avery County, North Carolina. The nearest store for her was forty miles away and it was no great shakes anyway (an Ingals). She told me that she and her husband made the trek every two weeks. But she did live in a gorgeous part of the mountains where she and her husband raised trees and shrubbery to be shipped across the eastern United States. She felt the trade off was worth it just because of the beautiful, quiet, isolation (except for the occasional cougar who would scare the daylights out of her when it would scream like a woman late at night). For me, I can't be more than ten minutes away from a supermarket. My biggest problem living in Delaware is that I don't have a Wegman's nearby but I make do with Food Lion (no pun intended).
      Oh yes, I am so looking forward to taking a shower again. Tomorrow night!!
      Ron

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  2. Ron - probably just the ability to have a shower now will seem like a luxury. Let's hope physical therapy will get the swelling down and the leg back to normal. I was suspicious about the accident when there was no transmission. Simply - what a tragedy. Loved the humorous bit at the end. You are ending up with all these whacky Canadians.

    Pat

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    1. Pat,
      If I could get this swelling down. I've had it since I fell, February 18th. I just want my normal skinny leg back again. I don't understand what you said about "no transmission." Ah yes, "whacky Canadians." Ted Cruz certainly qualifies for that description.
      Ron

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  3. Progress, a little at a time, but progress. Ask the docs about the swelling, they may have options to help,. Another Presidential election cycle to bring out the crazies.

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    1. David,
      I do feel progress is being made. However,I do wish the swelling would go down. I love the election cycles. The greatest show on earth.
      Ron

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  4. I am glad to hear you are getting better! And I am SURE you can't wait to get in the shower. Remember, it's slippery in there! Time for you to get one of those showers with a seat in it.

    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Jay,
      I do have a shower seat. I'm ready!
      Ron

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  5. Oh you will like PT. The PT therapists are noted for the optimism and enthusiasm; they make "Up with People' look indifferent. They will have you up and walking and doing Fosse moves pronto.

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    1. Dr. Spo,
      I am looking forward to PT. My next appointment with my orthopedic doctor is April 7th, one month to the day since my surgery. I expect my PT will begin shorty thereafter. I am so ready to be up and walking and doing "Fosse moves pronto."
      Ron

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  6. Ok Ron, it's already tomorrow (27th) where you are. Be careful in the shower and remember to take your time. You're a resilient guy but this is some new kind of tough you'll have to get used to. You'll do fine.

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    1. Geo.,
      I take my first shower in three weeks tomorrow. I will be so careful. I do not want to go backwards. Thank you for your encouragement.
      Ron

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  7. Ron,

    I hope the staple removal wasn't to painful. I know you will enjoy the ability to shower again. Hopefully the swelling will reduce as you continue to recover. I am sure you will do well with the physical therapy. Take it easy and stay safe.

    Cindy from Sonma

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    1. Cindy,
      The staple removal wasn't too painful. More like little pinches. Tomorrow I take my first shower in three weeks. The swelling has gone down but is still uncomfortable. I have an appointment with my orthopedic doctor on April 7th, one month to the day since my surgery. I expect my psychical therapy to begin soon thereafter.
      Ron



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  8. Ron, some of us are already at the age where, by now, we know that we ought to appreciate what we used to take for granted. It's a pity, then, that it needed something so dramatic as what you're going through to underline it for us, when such a reminder wasn't really needed. But life is cryptic and so one must deal with what one is served. However, come through it you will - and by doing so you'll provide all of us with a further reason of why we should all count our blessings.

    Right now further revelations are coming to light about the co-pilot who brought about that horrific plane crash. I wonder if it's shown that he was a serious depressive - and it's going in that direction - will lessen our perception of his culpability with in no way 'justifying' it but rather making him a victim of his illness. It's going to be very difficult to come to a satisfactory conclusion.

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    1. Ray,
      I was appreciative of my life before my accident but now I am ever so much more appreciative. I had no idea how easily one can be waylaid by a simple fall on the ice. You just can' believe how much your life is affected when you can't get around on both legs, something we all take for granted.
      Ron

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  9. Anonymous7:06 PM

    Ron:
    I know that you love that house you are in. But my two Uncles just sold their home in Delaware(I am in Pa) and purchased a one floor rancer type without the steps. Still 3 bedrooms, beautiful yard and kitchen and plenty of room for their seperate activities. Have you thought of this? I know its not for everone but my Uncles were worried if one of them fell or was injured how they would deal with steps and such. Now may I add they are 76 and 60 so older than you but still.

    It did take them awhile to adjust to being on one floor but they are happier now since they no longer worry about what would happen if one fell or is something happen. Ok just being nosey..off I go :) And remember PT is your friend :)
    J

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  10. J,
    When I moved to Delaware on doc the main reasons was a one floor house. I do have a bonus room upstairs with a bathroom and a finished basement with a full bathroom, that's where Bill lives. My bedroom is right off the kitchen p. I also have another bedroom on the other side of the house with a full bathroom. I made sure I had every contingency covered when I choose this house plan to be built. Our house in Pennsylvania only had two full baths and they were on the second floor. I knew that wouldn't work as I got older. Now that I've injured my leg I cannot go downstairs or upstairs but I can get to my bedroom, bathroom and kitchen.
    Rin

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  11. Anonymous3:53 AM

    Hi, Ron. Just catching up after a brief absence from the webz. If you can't bend your leg for a shower chair, they also make higher shower stools, so you can sort of stand but still rest while getting clean. When you have your home health eval, they will probably want you to get rid of any "throw" carpets, including a bath mat. A great thing for the bathroom is those inter-locking grip tiles like they use in garages; you can cut them to fit, too. Also, please point out that swelling to your doc. You may need a compression/TED hose for a while. Best of luck. ~~~ NB

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