FINALLY 16 weeks and 4 days following surgery I can say.. that’s it. I’m done. Today signals the end of my leg extension.
Incredible really to think that having survived just over 4mths of living with the Ilizarov frame extending my tibia that today we’ve decided… no more.
So that is it. There will be no further lengthening of my leg – what I have gained through this process that Ivan has so beautifully managed is what I will be ‘running’ with.. 😉. Funny enough I have been pretty hung up on the length gained each week, so today as Ivan reviewed the new X-rays, I asked him what growth we had achieved and he hesitated with his response, ‘ah It looks to be just over 6cms..’
Well I just..I just… registered that this is a mere 0.3mm more than last Friday and I had a ‘WTF is with these measurements?’ moment (out loud again).
However the difference this week is that I think I have finally turned a corner that I didn’t think I would… ever.
It is the ‘whatever‘ corner.. You see right then and there I decided it did not matter if I got another 0.3mm or 0.5mm or 0mm.
Physically and mentally I’m done. Really. This is it.
My leg has to be about 11.5cm longer (or there abouts).. it certainly looks longer and once I start physio next week (really hoping the bloke has thick skin!!) I will start to see/feel what it’s like to truly have that extra length.
You may think I could be disappointed that I haven’t made the full 12.5cm. However I’ve said it before and I said it again to Ivan today.. ‘This was never about chasing perfection, I don’t care for that. I just want my leg to be longer‘.. and it is… SIGNIFICANTLY!
I have achieved what I set out to do, the leg length is there.. it is now about the all important part – growing the bone to fill the massive void that has been left!
Tomorrow I start a new daily routine that requires me to hook up the exogen ultrasound to my leg. At 7am for the next 150 mornings I have a program that will run for 20 minutes on my lower leg. Now while my health fund (HCF) did not offer a thing towards subsidising this device – I don’t care! I think it will be completely worth it.. The purpose? It is clinically proven to speed up the bodies natural bone healing process. I am crossing my fingers that this will mean less time spent wearing the Ilizarov frame in the long run ( 4-8wks even!!).
So that leads us to the inevitable question, ‘How much longer now?‘. The answer? I have no idea.
I hope it is sooner but it might be later.