Leg as of late

4 Jul

Quick update.

I was in the hospital 2 times over the month of June.  Once at the first of the month to have surgery.  A spike of bone I grew at the top of my tibia had to be removed.  It was preventing my bones from moving together.  They also lengethened my achilles tendon because it had a really bad contracture from being NWB for so long.  It was outpatient surgery, but I ended up staying at the hospital until 5 pm or so, I was in a lot of pain and pretty miserable.  They also added a few more half pins and wires for stability.  I’m done with the bone transport, the segment is touching at the top now, just have to wait for them to really grow together now.

The last hospital stay of the month ended on Thursday.  I was there from Tues-Thurs to receive I.V. antibiotics.  A section of my leg was really swollen and draining pus, and my dr. as a precauction wanted me to be admitted.  It cleared up pretty quickly , and I was sent home on oral antibiotics for a month.  If it reoccurs that wire will have to be replaced.

If all goes as planned from here on out I should have the ex fix off at the end of October, early November…cross your fingers.

Still using crutches, but working on progressively bearing more weight on my leg.



Lunch Ideas

4 Jul

Sometimes I struggle with what to eat for lunch.  I”ll wait until 3 or 4 to eat for the first time in the day and by that time I’m so hungry I’ll grab whatever, which usually isn’t healthy.  Yesterday I tried to come up with some ideas of stuff I could make ahead and take to work easily.  I am way over Lean Cuisines, and turkey sandwiches.  Here’s two easy make ahead recipes.  I have made up a half batch of each, and they are both quite tasty, and not too bad for you.


Chicken Pitas   (If you buy a rotisserie chicken it’s even quicker)

from Cooking Light

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sun-dried tomato oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 cups shredded cooked chicken breast (about 3/4 pound)
  • 1 cup chopped tomato (about 1 medium)
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated Asiago cheese
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 6 (6-inch) pitas, cut in half
  • 3 cups mixed baby green
  • Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in chicken, tomato, cheese, and basil. Line each pita half with 1/4 cup greens. Divide chicken mixture evenly among pita halves.


Asian Green Bean Salad

I used snow peas because I’m not crazy about green beans, and I also added matchstick carrots.  I think soba noodles would work well in this salad.  When I make it again I’ll use 1 T of sesame oil, it’s a bit overpowering at 2 T in my opinion.  I also added 1 whole tsp of sugar and it wasn’t too sweet at all.

From Cooking Light

  • Salad:
  • 3 ounces uncooked linguine
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 2 cups diagonally sliced celery
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup (1/2-inch) slices green onions
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped (about 1 tablespoon)

Does anyone have any other lunch ideas?  I’d love to hear them!


10 May

Fairly frequently I have dreams that I can walk again. The dreams center around the moment that I can walk unaided, not that my accident never happened. At first they were I could walk normally again. Lately they’ve been that I can walk, but I have a limp, but I’m so happy that I can even limp that I feel no sadness about the limp. Maybe its some kind of subconscious thing. A musician I used to date played me a song in his living room right after he wrote it right before my accident happened and it goes like this:

There’s a beautiful woman
Walks with a limp
He calls her his princess
Calls her his gimp
She calls him her fat man
Calls him her pimp
Teaches first grade
Has a beautiful limp

Isn’t love great, isn’t love grand
He touches her face
She holds his hand
Isn’t love great, isn’t love grand
Copyright Sam Baker

I think those are beautiful words. He told me saw a couple in the airport and wrote it after seeing them.

At one time calling a limp beautiful would have been a foreign concept to me. Right now I can see how walking with a limp could be beautiful. I don’t plan on settling on being able to walk with a limp, but right now I’d take it.

In physical therapy over the last few weeks I’ve been progressively putting more weight on my leg. I don’t know exactly when I’ll walk on my own at this point. The fact that I’m putting weight on my leg doesn’t mean my leg is healed, it just means my dr put a really bad ass external fixator on that can support my weight…just wanted to clear that up. Weight bearing is really important for my healing process, painful though it is.

Bone Transport

5 May

Wow, the difference in moving my bone segment 1/2 mm a day, and 1 mm a day is ummm definitely noticeable. 1/2 mm a day I had some skin irritation, but 1 mm a day there’s skin issues with the pins tracking through my skin, and it hurts a lot deep down in my leg. So far its going according to plan. I had a drs appt Tuesday in Dallas. He said I have a spike of bone at the top part where the segment is moving up to but up against. We are hoping the spike goes above or below the segment so it doesn’t have to be surgically removed. If I do have to have it removed I’m going to go ahead and have my Achilles tendon lengthened. Normally he waits until the very end because the transport process causes it to contract worse, but it’s very bothersome and I want it done. I think that’s all I have to report for the moment.

Rolling along

9 Apr

Nothing much really to report leg wise lately.  I’m still clicking my fixator 1/4 mm 2x a day.  I’m not sure when I’ll increase to 1 mm a day, I was told last week to keep it at 1/2 a mm a day.  I can start having my weekly x-rays taken in Austin which is nice because I’m tired of driving to Dallas.  I’ve had some pretty serious pain issues this last week.  My Achilles tendon is wanting to draw up even more like they said it would, but it was also extremely painful last week.  I missed 2 days of work because of it.  I don’t know why, but it’s better now, and I am grateful.  Wednesday next week I start physical therapy.  I hope whoever I get isn’t too irritating, I’m really not a huge fan of physical therapists.  They are like cheerleaders with unrealistic expectations that I’d like to smack in the face.  I used to be nice to everyone but my patience has worn thin and now I’m kind of blunt, but I will at least try to be polite.  I feel like I’ve been running fever at night lately, and my pin sites have been extra crusty.  It’s a little concerning, I hope the infection isn’t coming back.

Despite everything going on I have a fun weekend planned.  Last night a family friend took my mom and I out to dinner at this very nice restaurant with delish food.  Tonight I’m going to see Mary Gauthier play at the cactus, my birthday present from Wade!  (My birthday was Monday before last)  My brother and his gf are coming in to visit this weekend, and we are having a belated bday party at my aunts house Sunday for myself and my cousin Alexandria.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

A quick update

23 Mar

I’m back from Dallas and my latest surgery.  I drove up to Dallas on Sunday evening.  What normally is a 3 1/2 hour drive took me 7 hours.  The traffic was moving at about 20 mph average on I-35.  I heard an 18 wheeler overturned around Salado and spilled hazardous waste.  I took a couple of side roads and make up some time on those, but it was pretty much the drive from hell.  My foot was swollen up like a sausage after hanging down in the car for so long.  We stayed at the hotel on the top floor of one of the towers at Baylor so I just had to roll out of bed and get dressed and walk downstairs.  Seeing as I had to get there at 6am it was nice not having to drive from somewhere else.  My surgery went as planned, frame revision and corticotomy.  Corticotomy: In bone surgery, a corticotomy is a cutting of the bone that splits it in two (bone fracture) but involves cortex only, leaving intact the medullary vessels and periosteum. Corticotomy is particularly important in distraction osteogenesis.  It was very painful when I woke up from surgery, but now is down to a dull roar.  It’s painful but nothing I can’t deal with.  I have to go back to Dallas on Monday to start the distraction osteogenesis part where I click the frame each day to put pressure on my bone so it grows at a rate of 1/2 a mm a day for a week and then up to 1 mm a day.  I’m sure as the pins rip through my skin it’s going to feel super!  But I’m ready to start because it’s one step closer to being healed.   That process is expected to take 45-60 days.   I also start physical therapy next week so I can work on weight bearing and walking.

I’ve been instructed to take it easy for the rest of the week.  I’m about to catch up on the final episode of Big Love, Californication, and Ax Men.  That should keep me busy for a while.

Foodie Wednesday

16 Mar

I was going to wait and post this on Friday so I could call it Foodie Friday, but whatever, I don’t feel like waiting.  I also want to hear if anyone has a St Patricks day menu planned.  I’m going to Dallas bright and early for a dr’s appt so I don’t know if I’ll have time to whip anything special up. 

I made a loaf of banana bread this week with 2 overripe bananas that were hanging around.  I used a new recipe because the one I normally use calls for oil and I only had a bit of oil.  I used an Emril recipe and it’s going to be my new banana bread standard recipe I use, it was quite tasty and had perfect texture. 

Banana Bread

Recipe courtesty of Emril Lagasse


  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts
  • Pinch of cinnamon


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Oil and flour a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan.

Using an electric mixer, cream the shortening and sugar. With the mixer running on medium speed, add the eggs one at a time. Add the bananas and mix well. Add the baking soda, salt, flour, nuts and cinnamon and mix thoroughly. The dough will be sticky.

Pour the dough into the prepared pan and bake about one hour or until the center is brown and set

I also had a enchilada revalation on Tuesday night.  Normally my enchiladas made with corn tortillas turn out a bit soggy.  This time I fried the tortillas in a bit of oil for 30 seconds a side.  They turned out perfectly, not one cracked while I was rolling them up even.  The next day for lunch they still weren’t soggy! 

Is anyone making anything special for St Patricks day?