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Progress Update #20

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Monday, I had my visit with my orthopedist as a follow up to last Wednesday's urgent care visit. Last Wednesday, my knee still looked angry and was red, hot and sore. After 5 more days of a strong antibiotic as well as more bed rest and ice, it now looks a lot better. That being said, it is still very warm and pink. I finished my antibiotic on Sunday. The orthopedist said that it looked better but not great. He said the numbness below the knee is coming from the area where I have all of the scar tissue from the open wounds I acquired during my surgery in January. (Still after all of this time, nobody will acknowledge where they came from. Gr-rrr!). I'm sure that he didn't mean to share that little tidbit with me but I'll save it for a later date.

It all boils down to whether we killed the infection or not. I am supposed to do some normal activity and then get off my leg. Ice and reducing the swelling are my targets. I am not supposed to do any workouts or spend large amounts of time with my leg down. Physical therapy amounts to ultrasound and ice. If the knee flares up again I have to go to the emergency room at a hospital for IV antibiotics. Scary stuff.

My therapist is being very cautious because my knee is still pink, warm and swollen. I'm sure it is a delicate balancing act for her. Yesterday was my first therapy session. If I had followed what the orthopedist originally told me, I would be is big trouble. He wanted me to start therapy right away and work the knee. That would have been a disaster. I cancelled all of my therapy last week based upon a second and third opinion and I was right. (I love being right sometimes!). When I saw the orthopedist on Monday, he totally changed his opinion. Once I'm finished healing, I really need to give him the old heave ho. He has really lost my trust but I have to finish with the knee and be released before leaving the practice.

I am in a tough position right now. I need to figure out why I keep falling. My physical therapist will help me with some of it. I think I may need to see a neurologist to rule out any other issues. Falling isn't something to play with and it scares me.
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  • JIBBIE49
    1010 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    Oh my gosh! I can't believe you have not healed, and are fighting an infection still! I sure hope it resolves soon so you won't need to go for IV! Will keep you in my prayers.
    1069 days ago
    I had missed this blog. I've seen you since. I know you've had just an incredibly difficult time and so admire your attitude and determination. If anyone can come through this, It's you!! Love, Marsha
    1079 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    hoping and praying you continue to heal.........

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    1084 days ago
    You ARE in a tough position no kidding: and I am so sorry. But YOU are the expert in your body and you listened to it and got support for the right course of action. Well done!!!
    1085 days ago
    I am so sorry that you find yourself in this position. Yes. It is scary stuff.

    Hoping that you can find yourself a good functional medicine doc to support your healing and recovery and/or a skilled nutritionist.

    1085 days ago
    Catching up on Spark and was hoping all these issues would be history by now., I know it's frustrating.
    Yes, you must kill that infection before moving forward.
    Good luck and stay upright. As Judge Judy says "How to live to be 100? Don't FALL"
    1086 days ago
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