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Progress Update #6

Monday, March 13, 2017

I walked outside with just a cane (plus my therapist and a safety belt) today! I walked one block and was huffing, puffing and waddling on the way back. This upset me greatly. My therapist reassured me that it quite normal and by next week it will be much better. I am still bending at 107 degrees which is pretty good too. I couldn't believe how tired I got and winded , just by walking one block! Yikes! I have some serious work to do.

My wounds are the big hold up and they continue to heal rather slowly. The wound nurse was pleased with the healing on the open wound on my bottom but the hard lumps from the healing under the surface of the skin are still there. They are a little smaller but have a way to go. The wounds behind my knee are coming along. The biggest section has healed from a starting point of over eleven inches down to just over four inches. These used to be an inch and a half wide and are now only half an inch wide. If that seems like it was a huge wound originally, you're right, it was. Anytime you have a wound that causes medical people to take a picture and send it to their main office and your doctor's office, you know it isn't good news. It gets in the way of progress because if it is stressed, it opens and that creates another problem.

The good news is that the pain and respiratory issues have killed my appetite because of nausea. The bad news is that I have to force feed to get enough protein in order to heal. The thought of food, any food, just turns my stomach most of the time. Nothing tastes good. I have lost 20 of the 35 pounds I gained, from medication and fluid build up, without really trying. I'm sure the lack of appetite is only temporary. LOL
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  • SHARON10002
    It's funny, as I am reading your journal I am having flashbacks to these same stages of healing and progress with my hip replacement. You are making very good progress!
    555 days ago
  • WATERMELLEN
    You are progressing. It sounds really really tough. Admirable persistence and determination on your part. I wish you all the best.
    641 days ago
  • SLENDERELLA61
    Thanks for the report. You are making progress and I am so glad. I'm particularly glad to hear that that wound behind your knee that looked so sore (and I know I didn't see it at its worst) is finally healing. Take care. Hope to see you soon - like Friday! Love, Marsha
    641 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    641 days ago
  • MPOTTER22
    Sounds like you are really on your way! Glad you are making more progress every day, even if you are tired!
    641 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I think your progress sounds GREAT! I am so proud of you at least it is in the right direction. I'm so sorry that you are still having so many problems. I personally have never known anyone with the maladies you have had.

    BUT you are going in the right direction....just slowly!

    It will come...prayer works and it won't ever stop!

    emoticon emoticon emoticon and love!
    642 days ago
  • NEWSPARKDEBBIE
    And here I am complaining about my 2 nasal steroids..... I wish you well sweet friend! emoticon
    642 days ago
  • JEANKNEE
    Getting around the block is GREAT! emoticon

    I'm with your physical therapist on that one!!! I don't remember the rule of thumb that one of Dad's surgeons gave him while he was recovering. I just remember it was pretty shocking. It was something like for every day spent on your back (Dad had been in intensive care, the regular ward, and a skilled nursing facility following his surgery) expect to spend 3 to 7 days working to get back to where you were prior to the surgery.

    I want to say it was 7 days. That time frame coincides with the recovery time given on of my sisters following her surgery. She was out of work for 6 weeks and hospitalized for about 6 days.

    You've been through a lot! Your body is working hard to heal and sounds like it is making progress which is excellent!

    Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    642 days ago
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