Saturday, July 26, 2008

3 weeks post screw removal

It has been almost 3 weeks since my screw removal and I am feeling great. I took the bandage off a few days early and it didn't look so pretty! The steri strips had dried blood all over them - and I was told to wait until they fall off. That lasted about 2 days and then I peeled them off, carefully. Dr Millis gave me the go ahead with exercising - but to keep bandages over the scar for 2 months, so it doesn't spread open. I bought sterile strips from Walgreens that go over the scar - but still let it breathe. The scar is lumpy and I have emailed Dr M to see if this is normal. I don't remember it being lumpy after the PAO. Maybe it is because he cut on the same incision line as before?? Who knows - I will have to wait for Dr M to respond. I am making my arrangements for my MRI and visit with Dr M for the fall. I am trying to tie it into a Cape Cod Thanksgiving vacation - as I did last year when I first met Dr Millis.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Exercising....once again!!

It has been a week and a half since my screw removal - and have almost no pain. I have not yet seen the incision - as Dr Millis told me to keep the bandage on for 14 days. I don't think I will make it until Monday - I have almost taken it off SEVERAL times! I am assuming the stitches have dissolved - so I started exercising again. I figured bike riding would be the best (rather than walking or elliptical). Today I went for about a 4 mile bike ride with Reilly on the back. It felt good!! I am back to walking with no limp and feel as good as new!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Vacation/Screw Removal

We spent the first 9 days of our vacation in CT and then Cape Cod. We had an awesome time seeing family and friends in CT. At the Cape we ate "wicked good" food like "lobsta" bisque, scallops, clam strips.... TJ and I rented bikes - mine had the seat for Reilly on the back and TJ's had the "tag along" 1/2 bike for Brady. We went for a bike ride every day and on Sunday TJ and I did about 15 miles!
I had my screw removal done yesterday and will fly home today. We arrived at Children's Hospital at about 11:15 - I had x-rays and then up to day surgery admitting. The procedure was scheduled for 2:00 - but Dr Millis was help up in another surgery, so I didn't go in until about 4:30. It didn't take long at all and I was awake! I was given a local and some sedation - but didn't fall asleep. I could hear and feel what he was doing - but it didn't really hurt, just felt uncomfortable. I got into recovery at 5:30 and was "awake and alert" and was able to leave at 6:00. TJ and I checked into a hotel here in Boston - and will meet my parents at the airport to get the kids. I was given crutches, but am thinking I can use my cane at the airport. I will post pics of the screws once I am home!