Saturday, July 11, 2009

Good News on Friday!

Hubby had a dirt bike accident a while back that caused him to acquire the fancy internal accessories pictured above... The short version of the story is that he was on a muddy downhill right turn, grabbed too much brake (going from memory here...) and the bike went sideways flipped up in the air and landed on his leg. There were multiple fractures and not "clean" ones. Basically, the bone twisted instead of just breaking in two. Anyhoo... here we are 2 or 3 years later and it still causes daily pain to walk or stand. After he had some unusual ankle pain, I convinced him to go back the orthopedist. At some point within a few months of the surgery to install the plate and screws, the doctor had told him that "it was just going to hurt". Maybe Rick missed part of the conversation, don't know. When he went back for the visit Friday, the doctor said yes, it should have hurt for up to a year but after that the pain should have subsided. He suggested removing the plate and screws - Hallelujuah!

Here he is with the offending bike, a couple months after surgery (the first two months were spent lying on the coach... boring!)

He was a little skeptical of the surgery to remove the hardware but I think he is warming to the idea. Currently, he really can't do the things he enjoys. He can't skydive or do anything that requires jumping/landing. He really can't walk very far or stand for very long either. The recovery sounds much less involved than the recovery for the initial surgery. He made it sound like he would be in a walking cast of sorts post-op. I am pretty excited that he might get back to his hobbies. I know I would be crazy if I went from tennis and running and, and, and to nothing. SO.... GOOD NEWS!

And on the food front... off to eat dinner... my new favorite salad creation of the summer (somewhat borrowed from a version at Longhorn Steakhouse)

MMM, MMM, MMM, MMM, MMM! Romaine lettuce, Cucumbers, red onion, strawberries, blue cheese (or feta) and pecans topped with a little raspberry vinagrette dressing. YUMMY.

Have a great weekend! I am taking one final weekend off before I get back into marathon training mode for San Francisco - YAY! I am officially looking forward to the hilly challenge!


lindsay said...

that is great news!! i hope the surg goes smoothly and easily and he is able to return to his normal crazy adventures soon. sky diving? wow! crazy :)

merider (M.E.-rider) said...

Oh, not be able to do what he loves to do for two years?! Wow, the news is good indeed if this will get him back into the swing of things. I sure hope so. Your salad looks so good. If I lived closer, I'd be inviting myself over for dinner. ;-)

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