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Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by diesel1959, May 2, 2012.
Diesel, really don't have words that fit here or accurately convene my admiration for you and your journey.
Hope your road to healing continues.
... that you're one damn tough hombre! Keep up your positive attitude Diesel - you're winning the fight on my score card.
I go for my PT evaluation in the morning. Then the water-walking begins.
Great news!!! Go get 'em on the rehab . . . . and we're keeping up the positive thoughts.
Congrats! Pleased to read this.
Have a great xmas & new year.
Well, it's been a good long while since the last update, but here goes. Since the end of November, I've been completely off antibiotics and it appears to my surgeon and Infectious Disease doctor that we may have beaten the odds regarding the osteomyelitis. There have been no fluid drainages and no symptoms that would lead one to suspect the infection remains; however, these chronic bone infections are sneaky and can lay dormant for quite a while . . . [fingers crossed]
As for physical therapy, I spent the majority of December and the first half of January walking in chest-deep water to test the load-bearing ability of the femur. All seemed well so about a week and a half ago, the surgeon gave me new PT orders to walk on land at PT. Today was my first session, and I've gotta tell you, I was scared shitless. I went in realizing full-well that when I stood up that at some point during that hour, if my leg snapped, I would find myself rolled to the ER there at the hospital and wake with less-than- half of my leg remaining. With that in the forefront of my brain, I went to the session and put on my big HermanMunster shoe . . . and stood up from the wheelchair at the parallel bars. The PT had me walk and turn along the length of the bars a couple times and then she got my walker and set it up at one of the open ends of the bars . . . . I walked to the walker and then walked as long as I could and had to sit back into the chair. I did that three more times and when done, I had walked a total of one and a half laps around the PT area, so about 150 feet in all. I was sweating like a pig, my mouth was drier than a popcorn fart, but my leg had not snapped. Woot!
Now I'll be having three sessions a week and then, if the leg holds and the infection doesn't recur, then in a couple months, the surgeon will start planning my next big surgery--breaking the leg further up and installing the Ilisarov again.
Damn man! Keep up the great work and your awesome attitude.
Awesome news! The body is amazing and that sweaty/shaky shock feeling is unforgettable BUT you have made it this far! Congrats, that is great.
Remember to enjoy the good moments and take good care of yourself.
What is the deal with more surgery? Can't that complicate/bring back infection?
I'm sure the doctors know what they need to do, I am just curious.
Been following this and best wishes for a recovery---
had a few recovery times myself from things other than bikes---
so I know that hearing from the Doc's that things will be different hurts and gets depressing.
Hang in there and keep the faith ---
remember that technically a bumblebee can't fly ----but no one told it that it can't -----so it does
Prayers from Indiana....
Your courage and determination are really inspiring. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Just came across this thread and wanted to say , keep your chin up and hope for the best.
I was involved in a motorcycle crash back in '75...compound fracture of my left tibia...had 3 initial operations, and a 4th to insert plates/screws. 2 yrs later, they removed the plates/screws because the skin was having problems growing back over the hardware. All was good till 2006, when I had to go in for a debridement. Since then, the leg has not healed completely, and i have chronic osteomyelitis. It's a pain in the ass, but I'm living with it.
Hope you beat this! keeping my fingers crossed for you.
Diesel....that's bad ass.!! What a fear, "having the leg snap":huh I just cannot put myself in your shoes, dunno if I could hold up as well as you have. Thanks for keeping us in the loop, as everytime I see a Leo on 2 wheels, I think of you. Cheers brother....
Lessons learned from reading this thread:
1- Watch out for the other guy....they don't see you!
2- Don't share your crash here, unless you want your every action to be scrutinized! :huh
I hope you continue to get better Diesel! Godspeed!!
Diesel, I have been following your thread from the beginning. Amazing how far you have come. It is as much up to you as the doctors on how far and how well you have come (and will come). Stubborn pays off in spades. Keep on doing what you have been doing. It all pays off in quality of life.
Doug in Kentucky