First thanks for all the kind remarks again, Its a really bad time i'm in right now and lucky to be alive. anyway here is the story of where I've been.
So Tuesday morning bright and early at 4:00am I jumped into the front of my dads 300,000 Mile Mercedes (Boosted, Sorta). We had to be in Salt Lake City by 8:30. With traffic it adds a good 1 hour. Once we got there they got me ready, shaved my leg, applied cleaning materials and got the IVs going (yes I said plural…one in each hand). Initially I did not react to the General Anesthetics, so they kept upping the dose. It finally kicked in. They began with a lengthy incision to repair the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) this is the one on the outer edge of the knee. Total time operating went twice as long to about 4 hours due to more “damage” than initially suspected. 4 hours of sewing and “surgeoning” they finally got er done. Initially it was thought in the Twin Falls hospital that the Lateral Collateral was a 2nd degree partial tear, however upon cutting the hole it was determined I had a complete rip in the ligament.
1 down 3 to go. However due to problems with the Tibial Nerve, The PCL, MCL, and ACL still appear to be ripped or destroyed. The Tibial Nerve is the one that allows the foot to push down, this nerve was damaged, not completely dead but there is some movement in the toes but the rest of my foot from the knee down is “dead”. With this being the case it was deemed too dangerous to attempt to fix the PCL, MCL or ACL. One thing found out in surgery was the Peroneal Nerve was completely torn in half, resulting in loss of the lack of ability to push the foot down. After the LCL Replacement Surgery the doc installed a full leg fiberglass cast, split into 2 pieces, the top was designed as removable. It was not tight enough that my muscles could not move. However since the Peroneal Nerve was ripped, there was a 0% chance of ever being able to walk again without the help of crutches or leg brace and cane depending on the outcome of the Tibial Nerve. Therefore a Neurologist was contacted and she agreed to try a reconstructive surgery of the Peroneal Nerve. I was squeezed into Thursday the 26th at 1PM. Same surgery process as before, even easier because the cut was already there. The surgeon pulled out the stitches to find the Peroneal Nerve missing on one end, after 2 more inches of removing tissue it was found. A 2 inch section of the Peroneal Nerve, a branch near the heal was then transplanted to the torn area in the knee, it was linked together with string of a smaller strand than a human hair. This was all done under high power microscopes and high tech equipment. Several other complications during the surgery and difficulty with the repair pushed the surgery which was supposed to end at 3pm to get pushed to past 6pm. Sewed back together and another full leg cast was installed. Friday I was released, we drove home and I have been sitting in bed ever since, more asleep than awake. Today, Wednesday, 1 week later I am able to
Function with the reduction of the several narcotics which kept me in a daze unable to really do much other than lay down. I’m able to walk around with a walker, problems with my balance with my left leg (life long problem) are making me very unstable on crutches. As far as being able to walk farther than to the bathroom, options are being looked at as far as having hand controls installed in the Ei. I won’t have function of my right foot after nerve surgery for at least one year and the chances of receiving sensation or function of my right foot are slim even after that. The type of nerve surgery performed is experimental and has only been performed on a handful of patients, at least in the severity of my injury. I have an appointment on Monday with the doc again, hopefully he will provide me with more information on further surgeries and if I can start to put weight on it with a hinged knee brace.
As you can see the cast is several times thicker than a normal cast. It is reinforced with steel.
My New Ride.