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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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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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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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