Saturday, June 2, 2012

Update

Hello, my friends,

I'm sorry I haven't updated with projects in a bit.  I thought I'd post an update so you'd know the reason why.  If you've followed my blog for awhile you've been here through all three surgeries on my ankle.  The short version on how I got to where I am today....I rolled my ankle at work....went to the hospital with it black and blue...swollen and painful....had xrays....was told it was "just sprained" and three months later was still in pain.  I was referred to a specialist who found that it was actually broken.  I had to have surgery to re-break it and fill it with cadaver bone.  I was in a cast for 8 weeks....blah, blah, blah.

After that we hoped it was repaired and good to go.....um, not so much.  I was still in pain and my body grew LOTS of scar tissue around the sural nerve.  Had to then have another surgery because the pain was getting intense again and I wasn't healing.  I was still seeing the specialist who started giving me nerve block shots along with cortisone shots too.  They were ridiculously painful and didn't last long.  He finally told me that my only option was to remove the sural nerve which meant a third surgery.  Ugh.

I had the third surgery 3 1/2 weeks ago.  Since then my incision has developed an infection and because of the cortisone shots, my skin is now thinned and the wound won't close.  I'm on the third antibiotic and Mike has to change the bandages twice a day.  All the stitches are out because they weren't really doing anything.  Friday morning when he changed the bandages he looked shocked.  (P.S.  He's been more than a trooper)  When I asked him what was wrong he said, "I think I'm looking at your bone".  So the new plan....after 3 thousand calls back and forth between me and the doctor (ok...a little exaggeration....but just a little) I now have to have  treatments 3x a week with something called the "Wound Vac".  The equipment was delivered yesterday in a huge box.  I'm not sure I want to know what's in there.  Hopefully I can wait til my appointment on Tuesday for the first treatment. That's the plan if nothing changes before then.  Until then, we just continue the saline treatments here.  The doctor is worried that the infection will go to the bone and in that case (worse case scenario) I could lose my foot.  I'm not going there.

Oh....did I mention that Worker's Comp denied the original claim???? (NO KIDDING)

So...please be patient with me in the next few weeks.  I may not be posting regularly but I do promise to as much as I can.  I will still be creating in my studio. That's for sure.

Blessings to you my friends,



12 comments:

  1. My heart and prayers go out to you. What an ordeal you have been thru. The wound vac can create miracles. Two of my family members have used them, and they finally healed. I just know it will work for you too.

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  2. You poor thing. I hope you get better real soon.

    Tina
    aurathenic@gmail.com

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  3. Wow!! I really hope things get better for you!

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  4. So sorry you've been having a rough time! Who would want to craft or blog feeling like that? Praying that the wound vac helps you and you'll speedily recover and get back to doing the things you enjoy!

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  5. Oh, Michelle!!! You've been through so much & I'll pray that your foot heals properly!! I never post on your blog, but I always look forward to it & LOVE all your creativity! Things will get better & the wound vac can do wonders!!

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  6. Love what you create and Im so sorry to hear what you have been going through. Take care of yourself 1st. Those of us watching out for your blog will be there when you can get time to create for us again.
    Sending you healing vibs.
    Best wishes,
    Sue xx

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  7. I'm so sorry to hear all this. I'll keep praying for you. Does ice cream help? I can come get you and we can go indulge!

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  8. I,m so sorry to hear things are no better for you ,my prayers go out to you that you will blessed to have things clear up soon.
    Thanks for the update.
    Jocelan

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  9. my grandaughter had to wear a wound vac after her pacemaker op site got infected-they had to move it to a diff site, she had the wound vac for at least 3 months on her belly so I completely understand what you are going thru! Quick happy healing thoughts!!!

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  10. Ladies,

    I can't thank all you enough for your sweet words of love and encouragement. I'm going to be just fine. I know it. It means more than I can say to have you all here to support me. I promise I'll be posting creations soon. I have to "sit" somewhere and it might as well be in the stampin' studio. Right??

    Blessings beyond measure to each of you,
    Michelle

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  11. so sorry to hear about your foot this sounds painful and really really yucky.i will keep you in my prayers and your husband too what a great care giver you have. you are blessed to have someone who is caring and loving enough to take the yuck as well as the yum.

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  12. I too am sorry to hear about your "troubles". Just know that God is in control.

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