Monday, March 30, 2009

doctors report

Friday I had my first doctors appointment since my pelvic ORIF surgery in Utah. I also got my 25 staples out. I was amped before hand as I thought my doctor would reduce my crutch sentence or at least increase my weight bearing status. No love- I'm on crutches for 4 more weeks with touch down weight bearing on the left leg. "I'm not your typical patient!" I pleaded!!!! He didn't buy it. I know strong muscles don't make bones grow faster duh!!!! I was desperate however to make some sort of progress in my mental timeline.

To add to my fury, I had new x-rays taken and did not LIKE what I saw. Knowing a enough about reading x-rays, I noticed some displacement on the left side which the doctor reassured me was normal. The left pubic ramus side was definitely higher than the right. I wasn't sure if the doctor was BS-ing me or trying to cover the other doctors butt. Regardless, I don't want to deal with this problem for the rest of my life and hope that it grows back normal.

And yep it still gets worse.... My doctor informed me that there is a chance of the central plate breaking later on. He said with my all of my swimming, biking, and running (in the future) the plate will likely break. Great so more surgery to look forward to!

To conclude, I inquired about how my abdominal musculature was cut. It hurts when I laugh hard or cough so I knew something was different. And yes-my linea alba was cut. ( This is the line that goes downt the middle of your abs) So if I try doing ab work right now my internal organs will herniate through my linea alba! Pleaz tell me something positive!!!!

Needless to say, this weekend was a tough one. I tried to distract myself via studying for my neuro exam. Definitely did not help!!!! My out bursts of crying were a little detrimental to my studying......

For a little study break, I went to church on Saturday night with my mom and the mesage could not have been more appropriate. The message was about when Jesus calmed the stormy seas and basically how we all go through "storms" in life. To get through the storms, we must have faith.

Faith will have to get me through this one. I'm hanging on......


  1. So sorry to hear such news from the Doctor Heidi but little progess is what you need here. In four weeks it will be the beginning of May and the sun will start shining and you'll be without cruches hopefully! You're doing great and just keep your chin up and know this too shall pass. I'm certainly thinking of you and hope to see you soon. I have lots of changes going on too so it has & will continue to be crazy in my life as well. Tell you about it some time! Kim

  2. Onward and upward - right now your body is in the HEALING mode... and though you are in really REALLY great shape - you need to give everything a chance to grow and to fix itself. Everything that you're feeling - right down to the tearful parts... are all NORMAL! Some days are easier than others - and that's okay... just be very kind and forgiving of yourslef - you WILL be back, stronger, healthier, fitter than ever. Keep on those crutches - give those bones a chance to heal! Good vibes your way!

  3. Heidi, what a scary and frustrating situation. All the best for a speedy recovery.