It’s been FOUR months since my operation and at my appointment with Ivan (Dr Astori) yesterday I honestly sat there with a silly grin on my face most of the time – I don’t even think I swore! Possibly a first.
You see the X-rays showed that my tibia is now 5.9cm longer (I know I know after all of my carrying on last week – appears the measurements were a little off!!)
Meaning….. I have officially hit 11cm in additional leg length.
I can’t believe it. I have one week of extensions to go.
It is surreal as while I can see that my leg has grown.. I am not using it, so it doesn’t seem real. That is all about to change! After next week I can start physio on my knee and begin to work on weight bearing – I can’t imagine that it will be fun.. but every physio session is going to be getting me closer to walking again.
At this stage though the frame won’t be off until approx May 2017 😩 -4 months of lengthening requires twice that period of time for the bone to consolidate!
Ivan suggested I hire an EXOGEN machine which is an ultrasound device that I can bring home and apply to my leg for 20mins a day to speed up the bone healing time. So next Friday I’ll bring that baby home!
Of course I have (possibly unrealistic) expectations that I am going to heal really quickly and get this frame off months before I’m meant too… 😜 however after Ivan described the events that can occur with early removal of the device – like the bone just bending or fracturing when you walk on it… I’m prepared to wait (just not quietly!)
In other very exciting news! I can get the Ilizarov frame WET!!
I was chatting to a man at the shopping centre (as I do) he had previously had a frame and spoke of his only pleasures being showering and swimming!!!
‘With your leg wrapped in a bag?’, I had asked.
‘No after the first couple of weeks I never bagged it’ he responded.
What the…. news to me!! So I checked with Ivan and yep this baby can get wet!
Now I am not sure if I was meant to know this months ago – 😳 bummer if I was ha.. – either way YAY no more plastic bags taped onto my leg before every shower!!
Not only do I no longer need to bag my leg before a shower… I can have a bath!!
As we head into the hot and sticky Queensland summer knowing that I can get into the pool to cool off AND that I will be able to capitalise on the buoyancy you have in a pool to exercise my leg as I get stronger – well it is just brilliant!
In the meantime if you’re looking for me I’ll be in the bath…