Yay, surgery is over and once again I am on the road to recovery.
I had my operation last Tuesday…Almost a week post op!!! This is so important and a huge hurdle overcome. Some of you may remember that last February I had this same surgery to rebuild my leg but the donor site was from my right leg. All was well (“was loving my new skinny legs”) but for unknown reasons, the flap rejected 6 days later on Feb 14th. It was a bad day. For the past year, we have been prepping & nurturing the site for this repeat operation using a different donor site. Today was day 6 post op & the flap looks great. Tomorrow, the docs will remove my cast & dressings to take a better look but we are expecting great outcomes. Please pray &/or keep fingers & toes crossed that all is well.¬†
So what exactly did they do? ¬
My plastics team¬†reconstructed my left leg using parts from my abdomen. They removed abdominal muscle and placed it over the femur. They then removed a flap from my tummy to cover the bite area as best as they could. Despite fattening up for this surgery with an all-you-can-eat diet, I apparently still didn’t have enough to cover the whole wound. My surgeon cut the largest flap she could then went to close my tummy but realized it is too tight. It is so tight that I am unable to lie flat at this time and must remain in a seated position. I also have to keep my leg elevated so I’m stuck in this poorly executed jackknife position. It’s quite funny but hey, I’m not complaining. I have a flat tummy again!!
I have to send out thanks for the millions of offers I received for donor fat. No really…millions offered selflessly give up their personal cushion for me. Sorry that I couldn’t take up the offers.¬
It is truly amazing what medicine can do and I am so thankful for my plastic surgeons, especially Dr. Snell, who have invested, even sacrificed, so much of their time to strive for a successful outcome for me. ¬† ¬† ¬
I was also to have a stump revision and nerve exploration to my left arm. When the orthopedic surgeon opened my stump however, he decided he only needed to make one revision which did not involve cutting more bone-which was expected. Whew!!¬†He also decided not do a part of the surgery which I felt was important (a nerve repair) therefore I’m not convinced that my arm pain will be entirely resolved, but at this point, I must give the benefit of doubt to the professionals & will hope that this too will be the end of operations to my arm so that I can move forward with my prosthetic pain free.
I am on total bed rest and expect to be this way for a while. “Joy oh bliss” she said with sarcasm but willing to do whatever it takes to make the surgeries a success. The original hospital stay was quoted about 6 weeks. I quickly begged for leniency and negotiated 3 weeks in hospital (if all went well) followed by 2-3 weeks bed rest at home.¬
Since being admitted to my favorite unit at Sunnybrook, things are progressing well. I, of course, hope to accelerate this estimate & my surgeon may agree to 2 weeks hospital stay if everything looks well tomorrow (now today):).
How am I feeling? Everything aches this time (like I’ve been hit by a truck) but far less intense compared to what I had to endure last year so I won’t complain. Each day, is better than the last. I feel sad to leave my beautiful girls at home while mommy goes away again, sorry for having to put my wonderful husband through this again, guilty to burden my father further even though I know he loves being needed, and frustrated at times that I have to do this again.
BUT…I am alive. I am healthy enough to endure these operations. I am strong enough to recover quickly. I am wise enough to know that even though I feel sad, guilty, sorry & frustrated, that it’s ok. I am loved enough to know that nothing else matters.¬
I am elated that it’s over and once again I am on the road to recovery.¬†