Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Dr apt went well today!

I had my CT scan followup apt for my ankle today with the Orthopaedic Surgeon!
Ive got worsening AVN of the talus bone (basically means its dying) and progressive arthritis in my ankle joint and tibula? I think, one of the lower leg bones. He offered arthritis meds but I turned them down. Injections wont even help at this point. Im holding off surgery until after the Holidays and he was in agreement with me. As long as I can handle the pain! Last yr I spent Halloween on the couch in a non weight bearing cast from Oct 12 - Feb sometime and I promised my kids I would NOT miss another Halloween with them. It is getting harder to walk because of the hardware rubbing and the bone collapse, some days the pain is SO bad that I cant take it anymore but I want to beable to go trick or treating and shopping for Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas shopping!

This is a stock photo but it will show what I am talking about. I do have 4 screws in my ankle, 2 on the talus bone and 2 that start at my heel and go into the ankle joint (6" each). The talus bone in the 2nd picture is the bone I shattered in my accident and mine has collapsed and it sitting where my calcaneus is.

Because of the speed I was going when we hit my fracture had shattered my talus bone, turning it to dust which is the WORST bone in your foot you can break.

As long as the pain doesnt get too intense Ill be fine. My next surgery will be a complete ankle fusion, leaving no range of motion at all which is a rotten thing but my only option. Im too young for a replacement and he doesnt recommend it.

So besides hearing what I already knew at least Im not facing surgery in the next few weeks:)


Deb said...

Jenn, what a terrible accident! I'm sorry that you are faced with this problem. I'll say a prayer that you can do the things that you've planned for the holidays. deb

belladella said...

I am sorry you are having to deal with this, Jenn. My mom suffers from chronic pain and I know how hard it is on her. Please know that I am thinking of you and sending little prayers up for your healing and comfort.


Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

I know what you are going thur, I had me knee operated on this past April I kept putting it off until I just couldn't handle it anymore, I hope you can hold up during the holidays,

This Country Girl said...


Bless your heart....sorry you're having to go through all this! We'll just pray you have a very speedy successful surgery and an easy time of it until then!


LINDA said...

bummer. doesn't sound like a great way to spend any holiday. I will definitely add you to my prayer list.

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

Jenn, I sure wish things culd be different for you. I am so sorry that you are going through this and all of the other pain you have sufferend all because someone decided to drive drunk! It makes me insanely angry!
Know that you are always in my prayers.

Beehind Thyme & French Rustic Cottage said...

Goode Morning...

I send my prayers & blessings to you. Hope all works out well. Keep being the strong lady you are.

I have enjoyed my stay here at your blog, I will stop in again.

Blessings 2 you, Pamela

Merrie. said...

Hey girl; I got my goodie box from you Murphy was so excited; he could not wait for me to open it! You are TOO generous!!!! I love it all and what a good smelling box!!!! I am so sorry that you are going through this pain; I have a ratty back and now my hip and knees are acting out; I feel so lazy when I see how much you get done and I am laying aroung howling about my small problems. BTW: I did "steal" your music; I loved it so much that I went over to the site and added it to my player LOL! You are a bad influence on me ; hahaha!!! ( Just kidding of course; you are one of the best friends I have found here online!) Love ya; FYI I heard that bittersweet is poisonous to dogs so I only buy fake; I don't know if it affects children?

Jenn said...

YES! It is poisonous to animals and humas if consumed in large amounts. The kids dont really bother with it, but the berries do drop off if bumped into or whatever so you are playing it safe with buying fake! Ive caught Corona munching on a berry here n there and so far so good. From what I read, a few berries wont hurt. It will also make them throw up if they ingest alot!

Your welcome on the package, I had fun shopping for you. When I saw the pink crown mirror I said IF that doesnt remind me of Merrie, haha! It was a fun thing do. Have been thinking about posting a Christmas Stocking Swap but wonder if many would sign up.

Ugh, I feel lazy too some days but with 2 little ones and ALL of my animals I have to push thru, they WONT let me just sit and relax. I figure in another 5-7 yrs Ill beable to actually lay on the couch, watch my soaps and take a nap, ha!