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My Recovery Update (from Ankle Surgery)

post #1 of 14
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Hey guys!

Just thought I'd stop in and update everyone on how I am doing since my ankle fracture/surgery. You can check out the original thread here: http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...ferrerid=31027

Regarding my Recovery & Health:
I went to the doctor last Friday and had my first post-op checkup. They removed the staples (all 31 of them) and said the incisions looked great and recovery is going well. They put on a new splint.

Unfortunately yesterday evening I ended up in the hospital again. I had been having pain in the back of my leg ever since my appointment last week and turns out it was a blood clot formed due to my inactivity since the surgery. Now I'm on blood thinners and have been instructed to reduce my movement/activity even further for at least the next week.

Emotionally I'm doing well though I am having some comflicts with my parents from being stuck with them all the time now. My apartment complex has agreed to move me into a handicap apartment, I am just waiting to see if I qualify for enough unemployment to afford to keep living there.

Oh and I took a picture with my phone of my X-Ray from Post-Op. Hardware Count: 9 screws, 1 plate and 31 staples.


As far as the job thing:
I spoke with my lawyer and he is getting some documents together for me, don't have much yet on that. I have been cleared to return to work in my wheelchair so I have been looking for a new job and I will be filing for unemployment next week.

And for the kitties:
Spooky and Mulder are loving having me around all the time. They have a much bigger house to roam and lots of play time. Also they are crazy about my mom who is staying here taking care of me and so they get lots of cuddling from her too. The two resident kitties are getting along with them pretty well, Onyx loves to play with them and old Romeo tolerates them but still hisses when they try to play rough so that's good.

Anyway, sorry for the long post. I just wanted to let everybody know how I was doing. I hope everyone else is doing well!
post #2 of 14
Ouch! Mary, thanks for the update. Wow, a blood clot is not a good thing. Luckily, it sounds like you caught it before it could do some real damage.

Sounds like you have four kitties to supervise your recovery. I'm glad your parents are there for you, even with the conflicts.

for quick and smooth healing.

for the job thing and unemployment compensation.
post #3 of 14
That x-ray is a little scary. I am happy to hear you are healing well. That you keep healing and don't get any more blood clots.
post #4 of 14
Oh ouch! Look at that meccano!

I hope you get the apartment and can go back to work.

Lots of healthy healing vibes your way

post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
Ok - so another update. I'm back in the hospital again, due to the blood clot.

Friday night I was in bed about to go to sleep and suddenly my chest tightened up and I started having difficulty breathing. My dad brought me back to the ER where the admitted me to the hospital indicating they believe I had either pulmonary embolism or a heart attack caused by a small piece of the blood clot breaking off since I hadn't been on treatment long enough.

They were unable to do a CT scan in the ER to rule out the embolism due to my having an allergy to the contrast dye. They have checked out my heart and ruled out the heart attack (which was unlikely anyway). The did the CT scan this morning after doing 12 hours of prep with steriods and allergy medication and we are currently waiting for the doctor's response. Hopefully I will get out of here today or first thing tomorrow if all that is clear.

Anyway I wanted to update, I will write again when I get access to another computer or go home. Thanks for your well wishes and !
post #6 of 14
Wow!! Such a rough recovery! I'm so glad your spirits are up!
post #7 of 14
I'm glad to hear that your doing ok altho being in a wheelchair is not a good thing. Things could've been worse tho. I hope you get better and stronger every day.
post #8 of 14
Oh, Mary. This is really rough on you, isn't it? I'm sorry that the recovery is so difficult. I hope things smooth out a bit from now on. I'm glad you got a lawyer, too. What your job did to you is just not right. Hug Spooky and Mulder for me. They are great boys.

MAJOR vibes to you!
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by CruiserMaiden View Post
Ok - so another update. I'm back in the hospital again, due to the blood clot.

Friday night I was in bed about to go to sleep and suddenly my chest tightened up and I started having difficulty breathing. My dad brought me back to the ER where the admitted me to the hospital indicating they believe I had either pulmonary embolism or a heart attack caused by a small piece of the blood clot breaking off since I hadn't been on treatment long enough.
OMG, how scary. I am sooooo sorry you are going through this.

that you get your results soon, and everything is ok.
post #10 of 14
How scary.
post #11 of 14
Oh no! If it's not one thing it's another. I wish you could just have a normal uneventful recovery, this is scary!

Hopefully this will be the last of it and there'll be no more scares or ER trips.
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
Hey guys! I'm back home again. Well, at my Dad's house anyway. So you get another update. Lets hope I can stay home this time! This is getting ridiculous!

They did find an 'intermediate' size clot in my right lung with the CT scan and determined the clot in my bad leg had expanded slightly. They've got me medicated with blood thinners to prevent further expansion and to start to disolve both clots. The doctor indicated 6-8 months of this therapy should solve the problem assuming no other issues.

I'm recovering as well as could be expected and really appreciate everyone's well wishes! I'll keep everybody posted.
post #13 of 14
That sounds like so much to go through! Some healing vibes going your way
post #14 of 14
Mary, I'm glad to hear you're out of the hospital and back at your dad's.

for an uneventful (no more clots!) recovery.
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