Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Home!

My dad had surgery again two days ago. The surgeon was able to set all of the broken bones in his foot and add more hardware to shore up his ankle. We had been expecting a series of operations, but the doctor thinks this will take care of it all! Dad may have to have his ankle fused in the future, but this is due to his lack of cartilage from the effects of arthritis not his injury.

Dad handled the surgery well and has recovered much more quickly - standard surgery is so much better than trauma surgery. Last night, after being checked out by nurses and therapists, Dad was released to go home! He spent his first night in his own house in two and a half weeks! Home never looked so good.
Dad's foot is wrapped in layer after layer of gauze and bandages. It will stay that way for three weeks or so, until he gets his stitches out. After that he will wear a boot. He will not be able to bear any weight on that foot for three months. For now, he uses a walker for short distances and a wheelchair for anything outside of the house.

Dad has a long road of rehabilitation and recovery ahead of him. To truly understand that his broken ankle is not a typical broken ankle, it helps to see his x-rays:

I believe he has 11 screws and a very long plate in his ankle. He is more metal than bone there. Dad's attitude about it all is good and he makes lots of jokes about the "pound of nails" that is his new ankle.

Dad's old life involved constant activity. He was always busy. And, since he is very, very social, he was usually talking to someone. His new-for-now life involves almost no activity. He spends all of his time sitting or lying down with his foot propped up. This is going to be a huge adjustment for him. By tomorrow, I'm sure he'll be bored and lonely. So if you know my dad, stop by for a visit. I know he would appreciate it.

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