It's Never Dull Around Here

Monday, September 02, 2019

Hi everyone!

Guess what? I had to have another surgery on my femur!

The first surgery was successful in some ways, but not a success in the most important way. My fracture itself never healed, and the dr thinks it was because the size of the nail (the rod that goes from knee to hip) was too small. It was a size 10. There was too much wiggle room for the fracture to heal.

So on July 18th, I went into surgery. They removed all of the old hardware, reamed out my femur bone to make it slightly larger, created a bone graft from that, plus artificial bone stem cells, and cadaver bone cells. Packed my fracture, inserted a new nail, size 13, then 3 screws down by my knee, and 2 huge screws up in my hip.

I developed anemia while in hospital, and had to have 3 transfusions. Was in hospital for a week, and then transferred to inpatient rehab for a week. It was the same place I went to before, so there was a lot of "what are you doing back here?" and "don't I know you??" A very pleasant surprise happened one day when a new aide came and she kept looking at me and I at her, and then she asked me if I used to be a teacher. I told her I did, and she then told me that I was her Kindergarten teacher!! That was a wonderful day!!

I came home and started out patient physical therapy, which is going really well. Love the therapist and the aides, and they make me WORK! In a good way. My incisions are healing well. I'm getting out and about, but not too much too soon. Pacing myself.

Doing a lot of reading, knitting, and crafting. My craft show is 2 months away, so I'm sort of in panic mode. What needs to be done, what can I do, and what can pass for this year sort of thing. Notice all of those things allow me to sit down lol.

Keeping my sense of humor. What good does it do to fret over things you have absolutely no control over? Breathe and move on.

Hope all of the Sparkers in Dorian's way are getting ready for it or evacuating if necessary. My prayers are with you all.

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    I have been wondering how you were doing, sorry you have had surgery again, hope it fixes the problem. Sounds like you are busy crafting, I remember your button people, just loved them! Quite something for someone to remember you from kindergarten, you must have made a wonderful impression. Good luck in rehab and getting ready for your craft show!
    592 days ago
    Prayers and hugs. I was wondering what had happened to you. I'm happy the surgery went well for you
    and you are on the upside of recovery. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • SEAGLASS1215
    Missed you around here but glad you are improving now and that healing and therapy are moving forward. Nothing wrong with reading and crafting - I do it all the time when I'm not at work! I am officially a grandma as of this past Sunday night, very exciting - and motivational to get myself in shape to be able to take of and keep up with my new granddaughter!
    620 days ago
  • -POOKIE-
    I hope things heal well this time.
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    I was wondering how you have been. I found your address when I looked at a google document on my baseball cards. Finally sold some.

    Sorry you had to go through so many surgeries. It certainly is anyone's idea of a good time. I imagine it was an awesome experience to see a former student and obviously a success.

    Good luck with the rehab. It is that time of year again, craft shows for the holidays. Good luck and have fun with that.---You're right it does no good to keep asking why. It eventually almost drives you nuts.

    I haven't had a very good spring or summer. Too much going on. I have put on 30 pounds since April and have really been depressed. I am getting better now, but it was devastating.

    Don't be a stranger. emoticon emoticon
    621 days ago
    How lovely to be remembered by a former student. A bright spot in your day. So sorry you’ve had these difficulties. Love your positive spirit and your dedication to crafting! Thanks for updating us.
    621 days ago
    I appreciate the update on your femur “story”— but what a trying summer you have had (ANOTHER difficult season). So glad your recovery is progressing. I love your spirit! Hugs and blessings, Lynn
    621 days ago
    So sorry to hear about your surgery. But what a wonderful surprise indeed to be cared for by a former student! That’s awesome!

    Good luck w/your rehab! You are a trooper!

    And good luck, too, wiht your crafting.

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