Todays post is a non bookish one. I’m pretty sure I mentioned this on my blog already but back in December my right leg started to hurt when I would put pressure on it. I immediately set up an appointment with my Orthopedic doctor because this has happened before and he was the one who helped me. They did x-rays which were good and he said it didn’t look like fluid build up so he wanted me to try therapy again. I said ok and went home and set up the appoint to start therapy.
My leg started to hurt to touch and just doing nothing as well as putting pressure on it so I decided to cancel that therapy appointment and go to urgent care because my primary doctor couldn’t fit me in until the day after Christmas. They did more x-rays as well as blood work and all of that came back fine. They also put me on a medicine that helps with inflammation and pain. That medicine helped with the pain just sitting doing nothing and the pain from touching it but I still wasn’t able to put pressure on it.
I then finally got in to see my primary doctor and he ordered more blood work because he said there was a test they could do that will let them know if there were signs of inflammation occurring. Those results did show that there was inflammation so he ordered an MRI with and without contrast. The weekend before my MRI I started to have a little bit of fluid coming out the end of my leg so that Monday I called my doctors office and they got me in that day to get a culture on what was coming out. Those results came back saying there was no infection.
I finally got my MRI and turns out there was a fluid build up. The doctor tried to extract some with a needle but he was barely able to get any out. He ran another culture on that which also came back saying no infection. At this point he said I needed to follow up with my Orthopedic doctor again and he would decided if it needed to be removed or not. My appointment with him was on the 6th of February. He told me I had two options. Continue like I’ve been doing or have surgery to drain the fluid and remove some of the scar tissue build up.
If you didn’t know I am a double amputee so not being able to use my right leg which by the way is my strongest leg has made getting around harder for me. I use a wheelchair out in public but when I am home I just crawl around but I haven’t been able to do that so I have been sliding on my butt which isn’t as easy as it was when I was a kid. Because of this I told the doctor I wanted to be able to use my leg again so I wanted the surgery as soon as he could fit me in because I haven’t been able to use my leg for 2 months now and I am way beyond being over it at this point.
All of this to say that I will be having surgery today. I am scheduled for an 11:45 surgery but I have to be there at 8:45 so if you are reading this when it goes up I am most likely on my way to the hospital. It’s an outpatient surgery so I will be coming home today. I know I am going to be hangry because I can’t eat or drink anything after midnight tonight and I’m guessing I probably won’t be home until late in the day.
I have got some posts drafted and ready to post because I know the first few day after surgery I am going to be sleeping because I am sensitive to medicine and the pain meds tend to knock me out for hours. Well that’s all I’ve got for today. Just wanted to let y’all know what’s going on and to say if it takes me a while to respond to your comments I’m not ignoring you I’m just sleeping.