Visited Taiwan last week.
My x-rays show that my femur is actively growing back. That means that the calcium horse pills that I take every day are doing something BESIDES making my pee super-yellow.
Specifically, the x-rays show the forming of ‘callus’ which is the medical word (I guess) for the bone attaching to the bone that was donated to me from some corpse(s) as well as the ‘artificial’ bone that they put in me. Nice to know that I’ve got at least one dead person’s bones helping my leg grow back together; I need all the help I can get [giggle].
As far as my tibia, the news is not good. There is (still) no signs that the crap condition Dr. Flood left it in is improving. I saw Dr. Flood – and wanted to wipe the smug grin off of us face as he told me how good the femur looked.
After he didn’t review the tibia, I asked – to which he replied “It’s too early to tell if more surgery is needed.” Yeah, right.
My foot is ok – it’s healing, but sore as hell.
My leg is so swollen all of the time that it visibly looks about 40% larger than my right leg.
As to my knee, I work it every day, and both hospitals in Taiwan that I go to are happy with my improvement – so much that neither has asked me to go to PT here.
I now have about 10-95 degrees of motion (range of motion, ROM). Meaning, I can not without assistance, straighten it all the way – although it does go to zero degrees when put on something flat. And the scar tissue stops it from passing 95degrees.
My arms are strong… and I wear shorts and short sleeves shirts all the time when possible.