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Unless the doctor who diagnosed my RSD tells us differently, I will be having surgery to stabilize my foot. The MRI didn't change at all in several months, so the underlying problem won't get better on its own. Here's what I know. They're going to move my heel bone back, but not cut to reshape it as was originally thought. The fusing of the bone will happen I think too. It's a general anesthesia procedure which I'm not so happy about. When I wake up, my foot will be numb for several hours (so that means I'll have some sort of nerve block). I'll be in the hospital for a day so that pain can be controlled and I can learn how to use crutches the next day instead of trying to use them while still recovering from surgery. Apparently, pain control is a legitimate reason on its own to keep me there.

I had one last x-ray and of course the physical exam. RSD=vocal. Thank you all for praying. I'll know the date for sure, probably next Thursday or two weeks from then.

Hugs!
Nickie

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blackwylf
May. 9th, 2006 03:40 am (UTC)
*huge hugs* I'm so sorry to hear you're going to need surgery, but maybe this will finally help your foot to heal. I'll be looking for updates, and you'll definitely be in my thoughts and prayers.
puppybraille
May. 9th, 2006 11:04 am (UTC)
I'll just be glad to have a more stable foot so I don't get hurt as often. I may still have the RSD and it getting worse is one of the risks, but maybe the stability will give the tendons a chance to heal. I definitely appreciate your prayers!
bioinstructor
May. 9th, 2006 06:18 am (UTC)
hang in there
Hi,

Just wanted to tell you that I'll be praying it works, and that there aren't any complications. Do keep us posted, and if you need a theme song, let me know--I've got a good one to e-mail you.
puppybraille
May. 9th, 2006 11:05 am (UTC)
Re: hang in there
Thanks, I'll definitely let you know about the theme song...
lisasali
May. 10th, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)
Surgery
Best of luck and tons of prayers that the surgery goes well. I couldn't tell for sure when you'll learn to use the crutches, but my vote would be to do it before surgery. (smile) I had to learn to use them after I sprained my ankle, and never having seen anyone use them, it was an experience I hope never to repeat. (smile)
Lisa
puppybraille
May. 11th, 2006 05:12 am (UTC)
Re: Surgery
Hi, Lisa, My docttor told me that she'd prefer I learn to use them afterward because she said it's "never the same" before. That's why she wants me to stay over night, in addition to pain management reasons. It's going to be interesting either way though.
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