Wednesday, April 20, 2016

UPDATE Getting Chopped Again!

 Dear Ones I wanted to thank you for your prayers. My procedure went well. The epidural was not scary ( they gave me some 'sleepy juice') and I didn't feel anything. I'm home now and resting. I'm going to take it easy for a few days and then I'll be back. God bless you all and I love you!

Hello, Dear Ones. If you're reading this I'm in the hospital getting chopped up again! So, I come again and ask for your prayers. I'll take you on a quick little journey of my broken patella, my knee cap. 

I fell December 14th last year on the pavement of the grocery store parking lot, went home hoping and praying I had only jammed my knee but after about an hour and in horrible pain, Mr. Precious took me to the ER about 9 pm. After xrays, yep, I'd broken my knee cap in three places. Stayed in the ER hallway until 5:30 am the net morning, then to a room and a couple of hours later, surgery. I stayed in the hospital for four days and then was transferred to a nursing home! Oh, my Lord! But it was for light rehab. Some of you have said you knew of folks who had 3 hours of rehab a day, but because of my break I could only do 30 minutes a day, just to learn to walk on a walker, climb 5 steps and gain strength in my good leg. I stayed there with the oldies for about two weeks. Then I was released to come home. Hallelujah.
This is like the immobilizer that I had to wear day and night and since I'm so short it literally was right below my groin and all the way down to my ankle. I slept on the sofa in the den for about a month because my bedroom is upstairs and I was just too scared to climb that many steps. Couldn't take a real bath so I used the throwaway wash cloths with soap! Lordy! There was a PT sweet young lady who came twice a week and worked with me on my walker and to begin trying to bend my knee.
Then I graduated to this kind of a brace. It was so uncomfortable and hindered me as I tried to bend my knee.  But by now I had gotten the courage and with PT to climb the stairs and sleep in my bed wearing the brace. After a while I got the nerve to take the brace off while I slept! I was so scared the first time. Finally the doctor told me I could be brace free. Woo Hoo! Then I was released to go to a rehabilitation center for therapy and that has helped me so very much. Got to toss the walker and learn to use my pink cane. At my last doctor's visit a couple of weeks ago, he told me I didn't need to go to the rehab any more. But, I have a problem.

The entire time I've been going through this, I've had this pain right on the top of my knee. It feels like a hundred sharp points pricking into my kneecap! I thought it would get better as time went on but it didn't. And then I realized what I was feeling was the pins and wires in my knee! I could feel them when I would touch my knee and then they began to poke out of my skin. I started to take a picture to show you, but it's pretty scary looking. My doctor said that's what it was and he would take them out! Surgery again? After all of the pain this has caused me? I don't mean to be a baby, but this has been the worse pain I've ever had in my life. I won't even go into the difficulty I had when I ran out of the pain meds!! Lord, have mercy! After only a couple of months I had withdrawals from Oxycontin - anxiety and panic attacks. I had a panic attack in the car with Mr. Precious driving and didn't want to get out of the house for weeks because I was so scared. Anyway...

The doctor said the surgery should only last 30 minuets or so and then I can go home. Probably be at the hospital about 5 hours total. I think the thing that is so scary to me is that he is going to give me an epidural and I've never had one. I know it will numb me and he is going to give me something that will help me be out of it, like when you get a colonoscopy, but still. I guess it's the fear of the unknown. He assured me this recovery would be nothing like the knee surgery.

I just want to ask for your prayers that it will go smoothly and I'll have peace. I know the Lord will go before me and help me to be calm. Afterwards I'll have to go back on my walker for a while. I'm hoping it won't be for long. So give me a few days and I'll be back to tell you how it all went. 

I just cherish you all so much and have loved your encouragement for me and little Carter.

You are all my sweeties,
Shelia ;)