He’s a Tough Son of a Gun

I’m not supposed to write anything about Rich in this blog.  And I normally honor his wishes,  but today’s different.

As I type this,  he’s in surgery to repair a broken knee.

Two weeks ago he fell off a saw horse as he was trimming a window on his new shop.  He heard a loud pop and fell  to the ground.

I wasn’t home,  so he crawled back up to a standing position on the saw horse.  Then he used that saw horse as a crutch to get back to the house.

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Once at the house,  he figured out that he could crawl just fine.  He couldn’t stand or put any weight on his right leg.  If he did,  he’d crumple to the ground in pain.

After a trip to the emergency room followed by  jumping through all sorts of hoops and getting help great friends,  we found a great trauma orthopedic surgeon who is working on him right now.

Turns out Rich has both a split fracture and a compression fracture on his right tibia. So he needs both pins and screws and some bone grafts to repair his knee.

His breaks look similar to this,  but his bone is crumpled to right of the break.

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We were really hoping that the surgery could combine the repair and a needed knee replacement.

But,  that can’t be done.  So today’s surgery fixes the breaks and prepares the knee for a replacement in a year.

He’s a tough son of a gun and that’s what is going to get him through both the surgery and the following three months of non – weight bearing time on a walker…

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UPDATE TWO HOURS LATER :

Surgery went well.  Doctor put in 60cc of grafting material,  a plate,  and some screws.

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8 thoughts on “He’s a Tough Son of a Gun”

  1. Omg. I haven’t read your blog in months and today I thought about it and got on. Omg. …. who will his knee replacement surgeon be? Although I wanted to hold out till I reach 65 I know I won’t be able to wait that long. Oh, I feel so bad for Richie. Pls keep us posted.

    1. Not sure on which doctor, Lorraine. Can’t be done for a long time ago, so need to rush to a decision. I sure hope your next knee replacement goes one thousand times better than your first!

    1. Thank you, Renee. I’m hoping to convince Rich and the doctor that swimming will be a good way to exercise for those three months he can’t put any weight on his right leg.

    1. Thank you, Joanne. A pickleball friend’s husband went through knee replacement surgery the same day as Rich broke his leg. Sonya and I saw each other for the first post surgery time the other day and we laughed and laughed sharing stories that only caregivers know about. Having been a caregiver yourself, I’m sure you can identify that laughter is the best medicine for both the patienst and the caregivers. 🙂

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