Last year I told you I had another WTF moment. No surprise there, I’m sure. When I left the Immediate Care, they told me that I had broken two bones in my foot and would need to follow up with the orthopedic surgeon the following week.
On Monday, I saw the KNEE surgeon. (remember I had knee surgery the previous week) He said while they were able to do the Meniscous repair and “clean up” a bit inside of my knee, they were still recommending a partial knee replacement once I healed from my newest injury…smh
On Thursday, I saw the Foot Surgeon. When he came into the room, he shook his head saying, “Well Grace, you really did a number on yourself this time”.
and then he said nothing and still nothing.
He stood there and continued to shake his head. I’m not sure what the actual pose is called, but you know when someone is deep in thought and they almost rest their chin on their hand, slightly covering their mouth? Well that’s the pose and the longer he had it, the more nervous I got.
Finally he sat down next to me and said, “Well you’ve got some options. You have 4 broken bones and may have a torn ligament. If we go in for surgery right now, I will have to place a plate and screws in each of the bones you’ve broken.”
Now it was my turn to be silent.
Holy shit! No! No! No! A million thoughts ran through my head mostly about all of the plans I had for the holidays. I couldn’t wait to see the twins opening their presents on Xmas. Thing 2 had just gotten a puppy and I was looking forward to training her. etc etc
When I finally spoke it was to say, “This can’t be happening!” Einstein quickly chimed in with, “Oh, it’s happening sweetheart”. (from the state farm JACKED UP commercial)
I pleaded, “But you said I have options right”?!?!?!
After much discussion, we decided to continue with R.I.C.E to allow the swelling to go down and to allow me some time to absorb all that he had told me. I left his office that day in an orange split cast with instructions to stay in bed for the next two weeks with my foot elevated above my heart and the Ice machine continuously running on my knee.
While laying in bed, I spent TOO much time on Google, researching the various options that might be possible.
Since that first day, I have been back to be recasted 4 times. I am currently sporting the ‘sexy’ black one.
There is still a lot of swelling, I’m not spending all my time in bed anymore though either. The current plan is to remain in this cast until the 30th (unless the swelling continues to go down) Then evaluate the extent of the lisfranc injuries to determine the next step. Hopefully the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Metatarsals have begun to heal by then.
Some positive notes
- amputation is not an option
- I have time to blog and catch up reading everyone I missed
- I am getting great upper body strength while using the wheelchair
- I have mastered getting 1/2 in and out of the tub without getting the cast wet, though not without making a bit of a mess.