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My Life Monday: Big Scare

I know it has been a couple weeks since I posted a My Life Monday article as I am recovering emotionally from an infection scare. Several weeks ago when I unwrapped my leg from the full leg length brace, I noticed a spot on top of my knee that had opened up along the incision. I was so terrified that another infection was brewing.

My worst fear was that I would need yet another surgery and possible lose my graft. I have gone through so much to get to where I am I just couldn’t bear the thought that I might have to start over. The PA (physician assistant) at my surgeon’s office said that I should continue on antibiotics preventatively, have lab work done, and that I had to come in weekly until it was healed. He also wasn’t sure it there was another infection starting or what was going on.

On my next visit the following week, the opening was definitely smaller and my lab results were fine. So he didn’t think it was an infection, but time would tell. Amazingly the very next day when I looked at my knee the wound had shrunk by almost half. And so by the time I saw my ID (infectious disease) doctor it was scabbed over.

Thankfully on my next visit to the surgeon’s office the wound had completely closed and he said that he’d start letting me bend my knee. Although the first increase on the brace is only 20 degrees which is really not a whole lot, but a start. I return again this week and should have my brace adjusted again, this time to 45 degrees. I’ll then continue to have visits every two weeks until after my brace is set at 90 degrees for two weeks and then should be able to finally ditch this brace.

If things continue to progress on schedule from now on I should be out of this necessary, but obnoxious brace right around Thanksgiving. While I feel quite relieved that this scare wasn’t an infection, I can’t help but feel a little bit anxious about my knee still. Even though there isn’t a rejection risk with this graft as there is with most other types of donor grafts, there is still an infection risk.

Eventually though if a biopsy of my kneecap or tendon were done it would show only my cells it’ll take about 5 years for that to be complete. But the longer I go with no problems, the lower the chance for any complications. So while I definitely feel I dodged a bullet this time I have a feeling I will still feel at least a little bit of unease still until a few more months have passed with no complications.

~Jaclyn~

I’ll Love You Forever Part II:


(Continued from yesterday’s I’ll Love You Forever Part I)

I have no more memories until four days later after which I was told I had been put on a ventilator in a drug induced coma. The doctors didn’t even know what had caused this life threatening emergency until I was already up and out of ICU! All the doctors literally threw everything and the kitchen sink at me while trying to figure out what had sent me so close to death. The acronym for what they found is just four little letters, but what those letter represent came way too close to ending my life. As it turns out I had contracted hospital acquired MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) in my lungs and blood stream (sepsis). The MRSA sepsis is what led to all the problems I have since had with my legs. I am very thankful and grateful to be alive.

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I’ll Love You Forever Part I


Exactly 3 years ago today my life (and my dad and my sisters lives) were irrevocably changed. It happened while I was in the hospital receiving treatment for a very severe flare of my IBD (inflammatory bowel disease). I had started to not feel well several days before but past it off as a bad asthma attack and had even started requesting breathing treatment every couple hours. But it wasn’t enough and I started requiring oxygen to assist me. No one (on my medical team) had any idea of what was going on ! And then Tuesday, November 11th came in my world would never be the same.
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…Home

It’s been a few weeks since I came home from the hospital. I am so glad that I was able to get 5 home PT (physical therapy) visits, so almost two week’s worth. The day after my last home PT session with J*, I had my outpatient PT evaluation with M* who was one of my primary physical therapists from when I went to Sports Rehab* previously.
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There Is No Place Like…

HOME! I came home on Tuesday afternoon and am mostly settled in now.I came home Tuesday afternoon and am now mostly settled in. A week ago Thursday, I received an email saying that the request I submitted for an ARC (advance reading copy) of a book that won’t hit shelves until Jan. was granted!!

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