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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~

…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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Top 10 Signs You’ve Been in the Hospital Too Much…


10. when you notice when the TVs have been changed and cable channels added

9. when the anesthesiologist comes to check on you days after surgery and tells you to call him for the next surgery!

8. when you know ALL the nurses on the floor and are greeted warmly by them when you arrive!

7. when you explain your medications to the doctors (and nurses) because they haven’t even heard of them before!

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First Steps Part 2


Today was my first full day on the ARU (Acute Rehab Unit)! It wasn’t like a “regular” rehab day as it was evals (evaluations). I woke up very early and waited eagerly for a few hours while waiting til 11am when my PT (Physical Therapy) eval would begin. I was quite excited to see, C*, an old favorite from last June. I really enjoyed working with her a few months ago and was quite eager to show her what I could now do. With all the IV’s and tubes it took like 10 minutes to just sort everything out!

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First Steps Part 1


Thank you for your kind comments! My main leg reconstruction surgery seemed to go well. Still waiting on pathology to make sure there isn’t infection hiding somewhere inside. I’ve actually been up ‘walking’ several times albeit with a straight leg, but its still WALKING. Right now, my main complaints/problems are lots of pain, nausea, and itching (under the full leg cast that I’d be stuck in for at least another 2-3 weeks.

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