Tomorrow my cast comes off and I feel like I am about to re enter the world. This past six weeks has been difficult from an emotional point of view and I am very much looking forward to getting past this stage. Quick recap
- The accident happened on July 10th
- The surgery on my back took place on July 14th.
- On July 18th I was discharged from the hospital to the skilled nursing facility at Windsor in Fremont
- July 27th I came home
When I first came home I wasn’t safe to go up or down stairs , so Kate rented a single bed that I slept in on the lowest level. Everybody chipped in and brought me stuff. The downstairs bathroom was mine, set up with a commode, and I used a walker to get around. I made steady progress and was soon going up and down the stairs and walking longer and longer distances. I also transitioned from the walker to trekking poles and felt very comfortable doing so.
On one of these longer walks I could tell something was wrong with my ankle something beyond what was initially diagnosed and that it wasn’t getting better. I knew that I had an appointment with podiatrist in a few days on August 16th so I waited to that appointment. The Kaiser Podiatrist confirmed that I had additional broken bones in my midfoot ankle area. I immediately asked for the surgery and was scheduled for August 25.
I checked in that morning and prepared for the surgery. They actually had a great deal of difficulty getting an IV into me before the surgery. It appears that all the IVs that I had in me while I was in ICU meant that I developed a bunch of valves in my veins. Several nurses and anesthesiologists tried. It was actually getting quite painful. Find the top anesthesiologist got it to work and I went in for surgery.
When I came out, I had this splint on me.
When they took it off you could see what the incision looked like.
About three weeks later it went into this cast