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An X-rayspective Look Backwards…and Forward Too

I flew to O’ahu yesterday for a follow up with my orthopedic surgeon with the hope of getting good news.  Before we get to the results, bear with me and travel back almost fifteen months to the beginning of this journey.  Enjoy this black and white, visual journey through my personal hell.

My Big Break…May 9th, 2011

May 9th, 2011. Profile.

May 9th, 2011. Hardware installed.

May 9th, 2011. 6 inch pins directly into my bone…check.

June 16th, 2011.

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August 16th, 2011. Notice how skinny my leg has become from not being used for 3 months.

August 16th, 2011.

September 7th, 2011. Plastic brace is visible in x-ray.

September 7th, 2011. Profile.

October 6th, 2011.

October 6th, 2011. Profile.

November 3rd, 2011.

November 3rd, 2011. Profile.

December 12th, 2011.

December 12th, 2011. Profile.

February 14th, 2012. Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14th, 2012. Profile.

March 8th, 2012.

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March 10th, 2012. Cat Scan.

May 23rd, 2012. Post operation.

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Which brings us all the way up to yesterday, July 18th, 2012.

July 18th, 2012.

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Yesterday I finally received good news regarding my leg.  I dare say this was the best news I have gotten since I woke up from the emergency room surgery and found both of my legs still attached to my body.  Dr. Harpstrite told me the leg looks great and that I should keep doing my routine, easy at first and eventually I will be walking more effectively using a cane.

  • I can continue to walk, using a cane, no crutches, no travel boot, no brace.
  • I can continue to swim and walk in the pool.
  • I can continue to ride the stationary bike.
  • I can continue to go to physical therapy twice a week.

The news today was like a weight being lifted off my shoulders.  Finally, after almost 15 months I can truthfully tell people that I am healing.  Everything from this point on will revolve around me pushing my body, without going too far, too fast and injuring myself some other way.  I need to be aware of my limits so I do not cause any stress fractures from adding too much weight to bones that aren’t ready, and I cannot develop bad habits (walking, not bending joints, not spreading my weight evenly) that may cause more problems down the line.

As I remember all of those new concepts, I want to say thank you to everyone for helping me get through this period of my life and putting up with me.  It has not been easy and I know I can be difficult, stubborn, reserved, withdrawn even stand-offish (and may still be) at times, but I will be working on getting back to my “normal” self shortly.

So please bear with me just a little longer.  I can finally see the light at the end of this long, dark tunnel and it no longer resembles a train coming right at me.

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