Last day of IV antibiotics. PICC line will come out on Thursday.
Saw OS this morning and he did a new X-ray just to make sure all is well. It was the first time I saw the revision and I can’t believe how long the tibial component extends down my leg. He explained that’s why he was overly aggressive with the infection because to remove and replace it would be extremely difficult if not impossible. He said the likely treatment would be major irrigation, 8-12 weeks of IV antibiotics plus oral antibiotics for the rest of my life. You better believe I’ll be watching this leg like a hawk! Scared the you-know-what out of me!
Still having quite a bit of pain in both knees but he told me to take it slow. He told me I can start using my foot peddler with no resistance for five minutes 3 times per day. Other than that, he said walking will be the best thing for it.
The past two weeks have been filled with projects that have been multiplying during the months my activities were restricted. I have been battling with trying to do too much in a short period of time and end up on the ODIC bench. I’m still having quite a bit of pain and find my hips are trying to carry more than their share of my weight and are suffering because of that.
Update: not much improvement in ROM and pain has intensified to the point that I am back on pain medication. The edema in my calves, ankles, and feet continues to limit my exercise. The left leg had a spot that was weeping fluid last week so for several days I was focused on elevating my legs to reduce the swelling.
I am very discouraged and, if I could go back in time knowing what I know now, would never have had anything done. I am trying to patiently accept that I will be dealing with pain for the rest of my life.
You still have lots of healing to do and much improvement in your future. It hasn't been that long since your replacement and then the surgery following that. You are only 1/3 of the way through this yearlong healing. Please try and be patient and enjoy your little improvements. They all add up!
Aww...sad news. I’m certain many will be sorry to see you go, but if you're finding it difficult to keep up, it's understandable. Hopefully, you'll stop by to say Hi on occasion and let us know how you're doing.
Thanks for all of the support you offered here and for sharing personal updates with us.
Best Wishes, Sue! @FourCats