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Extreme Bruising

This should seriously be a new sport because how often do you see this kind of bruising? Hardcore.

12-20-08 bruised foot

12-20-08 bruised foot

Bruises on outside of leg 12-20-08

Bruises on outside of leg 12-20-08

12-20-08 documents of the bruising on my leg

12-20-08 documents of the bruising on my leg

Bruising 12-20-08

Bruising 12-20-08

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Today’s pictures

Pictures taken 12-19-08

A note about the bruising: Apparently the massive bruising I’m getting isn’t a bad thing. When the large amounts of fluid my knee have been storing start moving out, the sheer volume of it is what causes the bruises. So the bruises indicate that my knee is finally starting to empty some fluid.

The sweeling in my left foot is almost gone! 12-19-08

The swelling in my left foot is almost gone! 12-19-08

A new bruise that developed overnight; 12-19-08

A new bruise that developed overnight; 12-19-08

Left leg view, 12-19-08

Left leg view, 12-19-08

Left leg long view 12-19-08

Left leg long view 12-19-08

Comparing knees, 12-19-08

Comparing knees, 12-19-08

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Now how is this fair?

After my surgery I got a prescription for lortab 7.5/500mg. It works pretty well on the pain but unfortunately it has been giving me these unbelievably painful headaches. So all of yesterday I had to decide between crippling knee pain and a headache I couldn’t stand. Real fair.

I got a prescription of percoset today. I’m hoping that this will work without the same side effects because without medicine the pain is basically unbearable. I had physical therapy again today and I did fairly well. I’m hoping my muscle doesn’t atrophy too much more because it’s going to take a lot of time to build it back up.

It’s snowing! It looks absolutely beautiful outside. I’m so glad that we’ll get a white Christmas this year. I won’t be able to do anything in the snow, but it’s a good feeling to have it around. I’ve almost got my mom convinced to drive me around tonight to look at Christmas lights. I hope it works out, although the roads are fairly slick today. It gets pretty lonely being tuck in my room most of the time, but getting out for therapy helped a little.

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Here’s some new pictures from the 17th and 18th of December.

12-17-08 comparison

12-17-08 comparison

12-17-08 full leg view

12-17-08 full leg view

Scar after tape got removed, 12-18-08

Scar after tape got removed, 12-18-08

Scar after tape removal and bruising on lower leg, 12-18-08

Scar after tape removal and bruising on lower leg, 12-18-08

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I had my first session of phyiscal therapy today. The best explanation of what physical therapy is like is this: They just cut you open and screwed up every part of your knee and then ask you to walk it off. It was painful, but I did better than I expected to. I actually have better range of motion than anyone expected and I retained a small amout of quad strength. A few times a week I have to go in to physical therapy and work on getting my knee back to normal. It’s going to be a very long process.

The nerve block they used to make my leg numb is wearing off. My muscle keeps firing, which feels a lot like a constant muscle twitch. It’s not necessarily painful, especially since I’ve been trying to get a good med schedule, but it’s weird. Speaking of pain pills, I’m still searching for a balance that relieves enough pain without making me completely loopy. Yesterday I think I overdid the pills a little and time went in strange intervals. At first it would race and then move really slowly. Today has been better, I’ve actually only taken one dose total even though I could have taken more. I think I’m going to take some a little later since the pain is beginning to come back. Hopefully this process doesn’t go as slow as it’s feeling.

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Surgical report

So I’m finally home. I had the surgery on Monday. The took me in for my femoral nerve block about 12:15 pm, I went in for actually surgery somewhere around 1pm, and I woke up in the recovery room a little after 4pm. My surgeon said everything went great. I went into my hospital room, they checked the bandages and I only had a small spot of blood on my bandages. About half an hour later they were getting ready to send me home and were routinely checking my bandages for blood when we realized my wounds had actually bled through the bandages and onto the hospital bed. I had to stay overnight in the hospital in order to prevent compartment syndrome. During the night my blood pressure dropped dangerously low (60’s/40’s) and my nurses, Sarina and Jeff and I had to work on getting fluids in me to get it back up in order to prevent the need for a possible blood transfusion. It was a pretty tumultuous stay in the hospital, but we had gotten everything normal enough for me to go home Tuesday morning. I have some crazy swelling and some new scars, but I made it home. Now the hard stuff begins.

My IV they put in for my surgery

My IV they put in for my surgery

Before my surgery in the hospital

Before my surgery in the hospital.

1st picture of my knee post-op

1st picture of my knee post-op

First sign that trouble was developing

First sign that trouble was developing

The bleeding that caused me to stay overnight in the hospital

The bleeding that caused me to stay overnight in the hospital

The drain in my leg and blood bandages

The drain in my leg and blood bandages

New scars 12-15-08

New scars 12-15-08

scars after the bleeding slowed

scars after the bleeding slowed

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12 and counting.

It’s strange, I’m less scared today than I have been the last couple of weeks. Maybe part of it is all the reassurance I’ve been getting. I have some seriously great people around me. John and Jerry came over, even though they didn’t have to. They’re so great to my family, and me. My family is just great. It’s been really nice having everyone around me. Maybe being home for the semester isn’t going to be so bad. Maybe this really is what I was supposed to do, despite all the doubt I’ve been going through.  Maybe that’s what faith is really about.

Tomorrow’s the day. I’ll have pictures as soon as I can take them. Posting might take longer since I won’t have my laptop, but they’ll find there way here eventually.

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