Monday, June 21, 2010

Don't Look if You're Squeamish


I mean, it's not _that_ bad. But still mildly gross. [g]

44 comments:

  1. A few years back I had a bone spur removed from my big toe. I would share the sight of my "Frankenstein" toe with anyone who was willing to look [g]. Thanks for sharing your "Frankenstein" knee, it's very cool.
    Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery!

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  2. Gotta love gross things. Go to Youtube to "world's biggest zit" and enjoy! The nurses at work disagree, but I'm fascninated by all things icky. The kids hate hearing about my day at the health centre.

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  3. Owww owww owww! oh that looks painful! I hurt just thinking about it.
    Hope you heal fast. Take it easy and take advantage of the rest and the meds. *hugs

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  4. What kind of rehab will you be doing?
    Not such a bad thing. Get some Mederma and start using that and Aloe and vitamin E as soon as the skin heals. The scar will really disappear.

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  5. Awesome. The only thing better for me would be to actually watch the surgery. But that's just me. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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  6. My daughter had the same surgery (ACL?) two years ago. She's back 100% and training for a marathon! Wishing you a full and speedy recovery.

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  7. Dear Diana,
    Oh, thanks for the picture. I would not say it's gross. I would say your surgeon did a very good job. And as I said before - healing process is interesting. Thanks for the picture.
    Maria

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  8. Diana:

    You're more than capable of grossing me out <g> (Aaron Beardsley; the woman with the split tongue in ECHO; Claire pulling worms out of eyeballs, the list goes on....) but this really doesn't look too bad, all things considered. It could have been a lot worse.

    Take care of yourself!

    Karen

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  9. Well, isn't that pretty! Nice stitching on that, too. That's going to heal up quite nicely. How soon before you're up on crutches?

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  10. Looks great! You'll be up in no time! Thanks for all the long hours that you put into creating enjoyment for all of your readers. You are amazing! All the best for a swift recovery! Happy Healing!

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  11. Your knee looks good to me. I had the same surgery About one and a half years ago. You will do great just exercise!!
    My grandson wanted to know if his Nanna would be alright when he saw my knee.lol Glad you came through ok and look forward to the next book. Love them all so much.

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  12. For as long an incision as it is, it doesn't look like it's going to scar much. For four days post-op, with that little bruising and swelling, it's darn good. I'd imagine being up and walking on it is helping to clear things up nicely, too.

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  13. Wow!! never seen one before. This looks painful. No wonder - you'll need all the pain killer you can get.

    Just stay off your feet and get well.

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  14. Actually, I've been up and walking since about two hours post-surgery. It's a partial knee replacement, not an arthroscopic procedure--I think those are much more painful!

    But no, I don't seem to need anything--walker, crutches, cane--to get around. (The surgical center insisted on sending a walker home with me, but I didn't need it at all, save for the first trip to the bathroom, when the femoral block was still in place.) My right leg's stiff, since it's very swollen, but that'll improve, and I can walk just fine. They said a partial replacement was a much faster recovery than a full one--I was lucky!

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  15. That doesn't look nearly as bad as I thought it would, so not grossed out at all. I thought for sure you would of had a walker, and now my card will not make sense at all, but its nice that you are recovering so nicely! You are lucky!

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  16. Wow! That makes my 3 little punctures look really minor. You're very lucky you're allowed to walk right away. I was non-weight bearing for 6 weeks (I didn't have a replacement - just a serious interior remodeling). The only good thing about that was breakfast in bed and lots of reading in between PT sessions.

    Oh yeah, and the daily photo diary of Woofie, dog of leisure, sleeping in various points and positions on the bed...

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  17. They did tell me that a partial replacement is much faster to recover from than either a full replacement or arthroscopic surgery. You saw--in the previous post--what's inside my knee at the moment; it's solid (though movable) metal, firmly cemented in place, so fully weight-bearing. I can, if so moved [g], stand on one leg, though I mostly don't. The main challenge is just to move around enough to prevent blood clots and to restore flexibility. Working on that!

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  18. Not bad or gross at all...Although I am bit desensitized as my 20 year old son, a few years back,completely dis-located his ankle...nasty. The other boy has his fair share of injuries as well. So your incision looks just fine. :)
    Although, it may help that I am a nurse...maybe.

    Good deal that you are up and moving. I wish you well as you continue to recover.

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  19. Ooooooooo... Dear.....God......
    Hope they gave you good pain pills!
    Love that little smiley face incision that is there on the bottom! It doesn't look that bad...kinda...
    Glad to hear you're on the road to recovery!

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  20. *chuckle* Looks like a bite mark on the bottom! Glad to hear you're doing well, Diana. Hope you can get back to tramping battlefields soon--it's such fun! I went up on Mt. Defiance to look at Ticonderoga a few weeks ago. I tend to forget how beautiful the view is!

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  21. I think I'm gonna hurl....thank you God for Vicodin! Or Vicky is what I call it....and SHE so needs to have a talk with you.
    Prayers for a speedy recovery, and at least you don't have to clean the bathroom for a while!

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  22. Diana,
    Best wishes for a speedy recovery! My husband had a total knee replacement two years ago (at age 54) and his only regret was not having it done sooner after suffering with knee pain for years. His recovery was very quick, though his scar is much bigger than yours, due to the surgeon having to work around a previous surgery done years ago. So your scar doesn't look gross at all and it will fade somewhat as time passes. Looking forward to the next book!

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  23. Oh Diana!
    That doenst look pretty at all, but i hope it will heal nicely and it will its job.
    I wish you less pain and speedy recovery!

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  24. Ouch ouch ouch!! My husband did something like that to his knuckle with a sawzall and stiched it back up himself. I about passed out, there is a reason I am not in medicine. :D LOL!!

    I hope that your back to 100% soon, and that the surgery takes care of your knee pain.

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  25. Diana,

    I pictured something much worse and am glad to have been proven wrong. The incision looks to be healing rapidly and I wish for you a continuing quick recovery.

    Regards,

    Midge

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  26. It brings to mind what my Youngest once said (at the age of five) when we spied two severed moose heads on my neighbour's driveway. She walked over, took a long look then said,"Gross, but interesting!"

    Wishing you a speedy recovery. I just got back from a weekend in Vegas with my sisters. I'm guessing you'll have recovered before I'm even close.

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  27. Good to see your surgery went well, Diana. I hope you have a fast recovery and have a great physical therapist (I loved mine)!

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  28. Oh my,that looks like a pretty nice incision. The surgeon did good! And you look pretty good too, in your street clothes. No place like home to make you feel normal again.

    Lisa

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  29. I'm glad you are healing up so well and hopefully quickly. You will continue to be in my prayers.

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  30. I am glad to hear you are healing so well and are getting around without any big issues! I hope the rest of your recovery continues to be as smooth!

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  31. yep, looks like a knee that a doctor cut open!
    Heal fast and write sooner?? LOL

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  32. Actually, it looks great...you know, from a surgical standpoint

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  33. Oh that looks like a good job was done - and yes, your doctors are correct, the partial one takes less recovery time than a full one or arthroscopy. I had the latter done some years ago and it took me 3 -4 weeks of intense physio to get it working really well. So long as you work at it, you should be fine pretty quickly. Ready? Now tense the knee, hold for 1,2, 3, 4, 5 - and relax. Now repeat 5 more - and that's before breakfast!

    No, you will be fine - nice job. Now is a great time to do plenty more reading/research for book 8!

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  34. Happy recovery - I hope this means lots of ice cream :)

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  35. Wanna see mine? It's here:
    http://mysite.verizon.net/dogaholic/id23.html
    about 1/3 of the way down on the left. 11 days postop, just over 3 years ago. I'm fine now, even riding my mountain bike in the dirt and pumping iron. You'll be great, I promise!

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  36. So glad you're doing well, of course. I can't help it...the first thing that sprang to mind when I looked at the photo was, "I wonder how being sliced open (and the subsequent recovery) will affect DG's writing about Claire's patients?" Happy to hear that you have plans to hoof it out to the battlefields soon. Seems odd, but I've been told that the best way to speed recuperation is to exercise the joint.

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  37. That's not as bad as my husband's back after his 2nd back surgery and the infection clean out that came after. He had an open wound that had to be packed twice a day by a private nurse for about 2 months. I think I've got a picture here somewhere.....

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  38. I'm a little jealous of your beautiful incision. Mine was remarkably nasty including all 40 of the staples. LOL Glad to see you are recovering nicely.

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  39. I have a scar very similar to that! IT heals fst, expecially if you keep it moving! Good luck with the new bionic knee! Tee Hee

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  40. Dear Aislinn--

    It's luckily not stapled at all. The surgeon used an internal running-stitch suture to close the lower layer of skin (they pulled that yesterday), and used glue and steri-strips to close the upper layers.

    The steri-strips are still clinging like iron. [g]

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  41. Just reading about your surgery hope you are on the mend!

    http://sprucehill.typepad.com/

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  42. Well, you can always tell people you were asking about a Claymore and given the opportunity to hold one you were getting a feel for it when it slipped and just nicked your knee! Lucky you didn't go through the bone, the thing was that heavy! Wasn't exactly the way you wanted to "experience" a war wound after all. (Much laughter for the stories you can contrive. Feeling sorry for the painful recovery period that follows).

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