Legwatch: Week 2

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I decided to name my leg status into "Legwatch", a take off of The Weather Channel's "Stormwatch" series. I was thinking I could do "Tibia-Gate" or "Heal Factor" or "Hoboken Thigh Idol".

Latest and greatest updates because I know you are all dying to find out how my leg is healing 2 weeks after surgery.

Right now i'm in very little pain. Occasional soreness, tenderness and discomfort depending on how i'm sitting. I have a brace for my leg when i'm mobile - but I usually take it off when i'm sitting or lying down for extended periods of time.

Crutches are getting slightly better, but i'm still very immobile. I am getting driven to and from work - and I basically go up to my room after work and lie down. I have been getting delivery each night, and found that Lisa's Deli makes a very good turkey burger. I have also been disappointed with Cafe Michelina's take out.

I visited Dr. Delaney and we removed the stitches and remaining ace bandage. We also took x-rays and I was floored at the size of the screw in my leg. This isn't a small pin - its HUGE. It spans the entire bone from one side to another. Also the end of the pin, where they inserted it, is right under the skin line - so a small bulge can easily be seen. Dr. Delaney informs me that we can remove the screw in about 9 months with an outpatient procedure at Lennox Hill Hospital.

I took my first shower today. Up until now, I have been sponge bathing at the sink and washing my hair under the faucet. My doctor freaked me out by saying that if I am not careful my leg could get infected, so I have been very hesitant to try and take a shower out of fear that i'd get my bandages wet (even if I wrapped my leg in plastic bags).

You ever notice that when you tell the truth to doctors you get into trouble?

Today he asked "Are you wearing the brace when you sleep?"

I'm in no pain and this big bulky brace is like trying to sleep with a bicycle. Its large, unwieldy and has metal parts that scrape my other leg while I roll over in bed.

Of course, I'm dumb and I tell the truth.

He gave me a withering stare and went on to tell me how weak my bones were and I shouldn't be taking the brace off...


It's like when you go to the dentist and they say, "Have you been flossing?"

The answer is YES. The answer is always YES.

I'm here to help.

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That's pretty funny about being truthful to your doctors. I made that mistake once and I got me the lecture of my life!

Glad you're sorta feeling better. You had me laughing when you said you showered for the first time today. Ewwww...you must reak!

Just kidding. :-D

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