Getting the Hurt Leg Fixed, Chapter 10

On June 7, we visited the surgeon. It was time for a checkup on my husband’s left knee.

To remind you, this story started on Christmas, 2016, when he fell down the stairs and completely severed his left quadriceps tendon. This serious injury cannot heal by itself and required surgery, done on January 6, 2017. He went home in a brace, unable to bend his leg for weeks or even touch it to the floor. He required assistance with every detail of living, and so I was fully occupied for months. Remember this scene from Chapter One – in the hospital awaiting surgery?

 

January 6, 2017.

 

As he healed, things got easier – first he could touch his foot to the floor, put weight on it, bend his leg in the brace, walk without crutches, and finally say goodbye to the brace itself. He has faithfully attended physical therapy and regained full flexibility in the knee.

Other changes have come about. This experience forced us to think about how we manage daily life, and some changes were made. For one thing, my husband moved his office to a suburban location for a variety of reasons, one being that it made his schedule easier for PT, but also added to our quality of life by making work more accessible and convenient. He also was able to work from home during his recovery and found that it could be done with good results. These changes are permanent and I like the new schedule – we have more time together. That means a lot to me.

We also were reminded how much we value being able to run, to hike, to take walks, to exercise. The recovery process for his knee will take about a year. Though it has healed now, it is weakened, as is the right leg, and it will take another six months or so for that strength to come back, as much as it will. Still, my husband last week ran about 100 yards on the track at the high school – a milestone. We do not know the final outcome, but we do know that with this doctor visit, we are ending one phase and beginning the next one.

But I’ve gotten ahead of the story. The doctor was pleased with the knee’s status. He said, “I could torture you with asking for another visit in three months, but I don’t think you need it.” We were very happy to agree and left the medical office building for the last time. I had a bit of superstitious worry about making such a statement, but I have decided to be firm with the fates and let them know we’ll do our part if they will do theirs!

So, take a look, as we wave goodbye. And end the story of the hurt leg here, with our characters driving off in the car toward home.

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About Claudia McGill

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8 responses to “Getting the Hurt Leg Fixed, Chapter 10

  1. Oh, that’s great news! I’m off to the hospital on Thursday for another x-ray. I can walk fairly well but my knee is still very stiff and I still can’t do stairs. I too am looking forward to having my leg back. I need to walk daily not least of all for the extra serotonin.
    I’m so glad you’ve gleaned something positive from the experience. I have learned that I should not procrastinate (I should have had a bone density scan a few years ago – and maybe some treatment plan for osteoporosis. I have osteopenia/borderline osteoporosis so maybe this break could have been avoided). Also I now fully believe how much walking is good for my mood. ☺

    • I’m glad you’re healing. And you’re right. Injuries can be very informative as to pointing out a path, oddly enough. I know my foot stress fracture two years ago is influencing my running plan now for the good. And all that healing time and reduced exercise showed me, like you, how much I need to keep moving. And I’m so feeling for you and a cranky leg having seen my husband ‘s struggles. We will all focus on keeping moving with fluidity and enjoyment , won’t we? Go knees go legs go feet!

      • Thanks so much, Claudia. Your husband’s injury was much worse than mine.

      • You know, I would have thought a broken leg would be worse than a snapped tendon, but I have since learned that tendons are hard to heal, and – your body part, whatever it is, won’t work without the tendons to move it. Lastly, I also had no idea tendons, once torn apart, could not heal back together on their own. I have a lot more respect for them as a group! And I really am proud of my husband for how well he has healed, he has had to put a lot of work into it. I repeat, let’s all stay on our feet in 2017. !!!

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