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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Hi everyone!

So much has gone on in the past nine months.

Good news is I've lost weight and am totally off of insulin now. Using Saxenda, which seems to be working well for me.

More good news: my total knee replacement (August 30, 2018) was very successful and I am having no problems with it at all.

Now for the bad news: 2 weeks after my knee replacement, my femur broke. Snapped like a twig. Was taken by ambulance to the ER. Xrays were brutal. They had to place me in traction to get the two pieces of my femur closer together. All I can say is drugs are a good thing. I won't share pictures of the xrays because they are quite gruesome. Had surgery where they placed a rod in my leg, oh, same leg as the knee replacement, secured by 2 titanium screws up by my hip, and three by my knee. Was in acute rehab for a week, followed by rehab at home for 2 weeks, followed by outpatient rehab to the present. Then in November, the screw closest to my knee didn't like being there and started unscrewing itself from my leg, so I had another surgery to remove THAT. It currently sits on my dresser. Hey, it's titanium; more expensive than platinum!

I take 2000 units of calcium, 2000 units of Vitamin C, 5000 units of Vitamin D and a 325 mg aspirin DAILY, and mostly likely will do so for the rest of my life. Had a bone density test. I've got the bones of a healthy 30 year old. Sooo….why did my femur break? I had my knee replacement done using Maco technology, and I'm convinced that the guide that they used for the upper part of my leg, in my femur, led to the fracture. They actually advise parents of children and teenagers that there is a femur break possibility. I'm one of the first adults to have it happen to. Lucky me!!


So today, I saw my orthopedist, and my break, even after 9 months, still is not completely healed. We are first going to get a CAT scan done, try using a bone growth stimulator, and he's told me to try to eat as close to 60 grams of protein a day, which just boggles my mind. Then in 3-4 months time, I will have another CAT scan, and if there isn't significant improvement, I will have to have another surgery where they will replace the current rod with a larger one, and replace all the screws as well. Oh joy. Life is NEVER dull. Oh, and did I mention that I and my general practice doctor think I may have developed a lactose sensitivity/intolerance? Just this week I started drinking coffee again using Lactaid milk. Nirvana!! Tea is okay, but I was REALLY missing my coffee.


Remember when I had neck surgery in September of 2017? I need to do neck exercises to build up my neck muscles. Other than that, no problems.

So, that's what's been keeping me busy for the past 9 months. I hope all of you are doing well - better than I am!! emoticon

For fairness to everyone on all the teams I belonged to, I've dropped out of all but 3. I've also suspended email from Sparks, because it is just overwhelming. You can still post on my page, if you so desire. I miss many of you and wish you all well. I'm trying to come here every day and spin the wheel. I'll check out neck exercises too.

Thanks for reading! emoticon Karen
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  • ELIZACG9
    I am glad I found you again...I hope your better soon..
    I am okay, Mom is 97 and doing okay..
    you take it easy and get well!!!! emoticon emoticon
    475 days ago
  • 1FARMER
    Thank you for letting us know what's been happening. You are amazing! You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    I thought maybe you just needed to take a break from sparkpeople. emoticon emoticon
    Life sometimes takes us places we don't want to go. emoticon emoticon
    476 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/1/2019 11:30:40 PM
  • SUSMANNIE
    Hi, Karen, so good to hear from you again. Sorry for the difficulties you've endured, but you still sound like your cheerful self. Good to see you back on the map!!
    476 days ago
  • WALLAHALLA
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    478 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    Thanks for the update. You look amazing and I just had no idea. I wondered what happened to you and was hoping you would check in when you could. You have had a lot of challenges but met them all and I am so very proud of you.

    Good to hear from you. Do keep in touch.

    Sunny
    478 days ago
  • -POOKIE-
    You have certainly had a rough time of things. I am glad to see you back. I hope you continue to recover.
    479 days ago
  • SEAGLASS1215
    You certainly have had to deal with more than your fair share of issues! My goodness, I can't imagine what an ordeal it has been but hopefully you are on the mend now and looking toward a complete recovery! Not sure when we last communicated but my big news is that my two sons are now married (one last September, one this past weekend) and we're expecting our first grandchild in August! Hope to see you on here ore often, you have been missed! Take care!
    479 days ago
  • BERRY4
    My, oh my! -- So glad you found the opportunity to post. So very sorry for the many assorted difficulties, pain, & trials.
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    Stay the course and I do hope these things will be resolved. -- Do what you can to boost your immune system & thereby hopefully promote the healing that is necessary! I certainly hope that another surgery is NOT on the upcoming "things-to-do" list!
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    your-immune-system/
    479 days ago
  • TERRACOTTAGE
    I wondered what happened... it's been ages since we've heard from you, and now we know why. Glad you're on the mend; sorry for all the pain you've endured. emoticon emoticon
    479 days ago
  • ICECUB
    Karen I have missed yo and been wondering how you are doing. sounds asif you have really been through it. hope you continue to heal.
    479 days ago
  • THOMS1
    Wow! You have really been through it. Hope it gets better for you. emoticon emoticon
    479 days ago
  • ONEBLUEMOON
    Karen! How wonderful to hear from you-- about the surgeries and complications, NOT so wonderful- but I'm wishing, hoping and praying you're on the upswing now. You sound as sweet emoticon as ever! Blessings, Lynn
    479 days ago
  • no profile photo BONDMANUS2002
    Absolutely great
    479 days ago
  • SPICY23
    Well, at this point, things can only get better, right? Now you've had the suspension worked on, put the additives in the tank, you should be rarin' to go.

    Peace and Care
    479 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    OH my goodnenss! I wondered what happened. I am so sorry you've had all these challenges and wish you well going forward. HUGS
    479 days ago
  • IAMAGEMLOVER
    I have been thinking about you. I was wondering. I wrote your address down and kind find the document I wrote it in. I checked all my baseball inventory sheets, my food list and my beanie inventory. I don't know what happened to it. I was worried about you.

    I have been having a hard time, really quite depressed. I have put on about 25 pounds in a little over 6 weeks. To tell you the truth, I don't really care right now. The only reason I am on the site, is I am motivational leader for the 5% challenge and I have to post reports.

    Take care of yourself and keep in touch.
    479 days ago
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