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Old 12-21-2012, 05:49 PM   #166
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Good luck with your recovery. I did this Nov 23rd.can't wait to ride.I know I could but don't want to chance it yet.
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Old 12-23-2012, 12:46 PM   #167
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Moving a long...

It's quite interesting how much more movement I have in all my toes and that the numbness that I was experiencing is gone as well since the screws were removed. I went and hung out with some folks today and watched them ride, foot is feeling better every day. I am putting more weight on it today but still using a crutch as it is still quite sore. The way things have progressed in just a couple of days I am sure that in a week I will be back to where I was just before they removed the screws.
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Old 12-25-2012, 10:42 AM   #168
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Merry Christmas to me!

Well I got the screws out on the 20th and I was supposed to wait until tomorrow to unwrap my gift but I just couldn't wait! Thanks Doc!!! Here is what it looks like with one screw removed, another one mostly backed out, and the pin he uses for a guide, I can't say I exactly understand the pin guide thing but it seems to work so what the Hell.

The gauze wrap came off and then the clear covering and pad which was a bit soaked through.

Left side of foot

and top of foot


As you can see there are a couple of stitches in each one of the entry/exit wounds, which will be ready for removal on Sunday the 30th, I plan on doing those myself.

After taking the bandages off and examining my foot it appears that the swelling is way less and the pooling of blood is way less as well. The foot is looking much more like the other one in size and color, which should make it way easier to get into a riding boot.....when its ready

Things are progressing well and I am able to tolerate a bit more weight each day. I think I have only taken 5 or 6 pain pills since the removal of the screws. I just hate taking meds but then again I am probably a bit grumpy because I am not taking them.....ok definitely more grumpy!
I have to say that I was concerned/worried about what to expect when I went in for the screw removal. Now several days have passed and nothing bad has happened so it really was no big deal.

Planning of my next big adventure can continue......Merry Christmas!
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Old 12-25-2012, 01:05 PM   #169
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As to using the wire as a guide:

Less digging/stripping tissue from bone with a big tool(insert PAIN here). Also keeps you from stripping out the head of the screw(just went from a minor procedure in the office to a trip to the O.R.).
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Old 12-25-2012, 02:10 PM   #170
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As to using the wire as a guide:

Less digging/stripping tissue from bone with a big tool(insert PAIN here). Also keeps you from stripping out the head of the screw(just went from a minor procedure in the office to a trip to the O.R.).
OK, but once they find the screw head how do they get the screwdriver in the head? Does the screwdriver have a hole in it that the wire slides through?
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Old 12-26-2012, 04:10 AM   #171
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OK, but once they find the screw head how do they get the screwdriver in the head? Does the screwdriver have a hole in it that the wire slides through?
Ding Ding Ding. Winner winner, chicken dinner.

Tools are cannulated as well as the implants.
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Old 12-26-2012, 04:32 AM   #172
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Screws are not all alike....

Cannulated got it....now that gives me something to use my Google Fu on. I understand now!


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Old 12-26-2012, 04:59 PM   #173
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Saddle up. If I don't get him back in saddle, I'll have to buy some Pickle Stickers soon

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Old 12-30-2012, 07:55 AM   #174
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Little steps...

Well this morning we removed the stitches from the incisions, everything looked good. Now all I have to do is start working my way back into a shoe but that won't start to happen until later this week.
It's weird how the small advances are the ones which make the largest difference, for example last night was the first night in three months I have been able to get up and walk to the bathroom, although a bit gimpy, I still walked without assistance. Nice!
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:54 AM   #175
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First ride since the injury

So I went for my first ride since the accident today, about 80 miles! Probably a bit premature by doctor standards but I needed it and it is New Years day so I wanted to start off the new year right. No problems and my foot feels fine, I probably won't go for another ride for a little while longer...probably when I am more comfortable in a shoe. Overall a very happy day for me.
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:21 PM   #176
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Transition has started

So today was the first day of the transition back to regular shoes. The plan was/is to wear a regular shoe for an hour and then back to my boot for 4 hours. Lets just say that those words are more easily written than executed...wow was that hard on my foot today!!!! I think I did about 3 hours total in a regular shoe today and my foot is FRICKING KILLING me! More stitches please, ok just kidding. I guess I am going to have to take it a bit slower, I thought I was going to have to leave work and come home today it got so bad. Whine off.
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:05 PM   #177
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Small update

Just a small update...the transition back to a shoe is going pretty well. I have been able to wear a regular shoe all day for the past 3 days. When I get home from work my foot is still swollen and sore but I am making progress. Usually the swelling goes down over night if I haven't pushed too hard the previous day. I am riding a stationary bike about 4 days a week now for 30 minutes each session which I think is pretty good considering. Next week I will start with some leg presses and calf strengthening exercises....all in moderation and what I can tolerate. It seems that if I push it a bit and make it sore and then rest it for a day or so it comes back stronger, I don't know if this is good but it seems to be working. I also went riding this past weekend and put on about 400 miles....it sure was good to be back riding again. Unfortunately I still can't get my foot into my riding boots so I have been wearing hiking boots, not the best I know.
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:07 PM   #178
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:17 PM   #179
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Great news!!
Yep, I am really happy with the progress I have made. Everyone always asks what type of physical therapy I am doing and the answer is that the doctor did not prescribe any other than walking....that when I get the strange looks. He is like the #2 orthopedic surgeon in the country and every time line he has given me has been dead on so I have to keep believing at this point. A lot of riding and training to do this year.
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Old 01-19-2013, 06:06 AM   #180
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The Final Ride

Last night marked an major milestone. At first, Blaster was filled with trepidation leaving the knee scooter outside his reach in a public bathroom. Scared that he'd be left marooned if someone stole it. Then he proudly zipped around town, really the envy of every little kid who wanted one. Then the knee scooter fulfilled its' duties as shopping cart to the kitchen and to the Great Room and back.

For a while now though, it has sat idle staged at the foot of the bed, much like you might poise a fire truck awaiting for the next big alarm fire. Then last night, the knee scooter was called to action. He threw his leg on her, and zipped out of the bedroom. While you never forget how to ride a bicycle nor a knee scooter, he was bit shaky on it as it had been a month since he had been using it daily.

The door to the spare bedroom squeaked open, and Blaster returned on foot. Yes, that was the final ride for the knee scooter. I guess this officially symbolizes closing the chapter. Time to refurb the broken knob and get the knee scooter sold in the next month.

Today, is also marks the end of the schedules for transition from his metal boot to his hiking boot. Nothing but a few more months before he's 100% show-ready!
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