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Discussion in 'Snow Talk' started by skifree, Sep 27, 2017.

  1. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    FWIW, I had a colleague years ago. He was a polio survivor and had a deformity to his lower leg that caused him a lot of pain. Eventually, after decades, he had a lower leg amputation. A couple of weeks (may have been longer - this was 20 years ago) later he had almost instant pain relief and he sorted his prosthesis out very quickly, to the extent that anyone who saw him would have no idea that he was an amputee.
     
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  2. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    What everyone already said @Kangaroo. Hang in there, you will ski again, it may be a different form, like @Untele-whippet, but it will still be worth it! Leg or no leg, there is always a way. Hope it is with leg, outriggers are pretty cool toys.
     
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  3. Untele-whippet

    Untele-whippet beard stroker Ski Pass: Gold

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    @Kangaroo hang in there bro!
    No leg pain or oozing bones either way is the end game for better life ahead.
    As others have said, there are means and ways of moving forward (and downward on skis or upwards on climbs) if salvage if the final option.
    I’ve got mates with one leg who climb and ski, awesome and resilient people, which is how you come across.
    Good luck!!
     
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  4. TJ

    TJ One of Us

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    Sorry to hear that Kangaroo. I hope it all turns for the best for you.
     
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  5. DPS Driver

    DPS Driver One of Us

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    All the best @Kangaroo. Hopefully things turn in your favour and the leg comes good.
     
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  6. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    so sorry to hear that @Kangaroo. I hope that something flips and the infection gets beaten. If the worst happens then there will still be good times to be had in future. whether or not snow is involved. all the best for a microbe busting turnaround
     
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  7. Kangaroo

    Kangaroo One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Good morning and thank you for the kind thoughts and comments. Sorry that I didn’t reply earlier. Been through some down times and trying to remain positive. I have been released from hospital in the last few days and now recovering at home. Still in a fair bit of pain as I have multiple incisions, including one long one from near my groin to about halfway up my shin. It’s all still a bit fresh and this last round of 7 operations adding to the 9 I had in 2018 certainly has taken its toll.

    I’m partially weight bearing but mostly using a wheelchair. I can drive still and anticipate going back to my office job in the next couple of weeks.

    I’m not out of the woods yet with the infection. It’s still oozing in one spot and I’m getting home nursing for dressing changes and visiting the hospital clinic every week to 2 weeks. The infection is also delaying fracture healing.

    The doctors are just hoping that the infection will settle, with the ultimate aim of a total knee replacement with partial prosthetic tibia. But that can’t happen until the infection is completely gone. That could take months or years or never.

    Anyway, hope you’re all ok. Here’s hoping that you can all enjoy a nice long ski season with cold temps, sunny days and frequent top ups. Stay safe

     
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  8. Majikthise

    Majikthise Sage Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Being at home must be a relief. Everyone here is hoping for the best possible result for you.
     
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  9. nfip

    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    yeah really good to hear from yo Kangaroo.
    Have thought of you last couple weeks wondering how you where going.
    Good to read of some positive progress and opportunites ahead to get some semblance of relative normality which will help no end.
    Hang in there buddy.
     
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  10. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Great to hear that you are out of hospital and with the full complement if limbs. Fingers crossed that the infection is now dwindling to nothing
     
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  11. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Good to see that hairy thing still attached @Kangaroo. Hoping this is the start of recovery for you.
     
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  12. hipo

    hipo One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sincere wishes that you bounce back like your name sake:thumbs:
     
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  13. nezumi

    nezumi One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Just no jumping in front of cars.
     
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  14. Yardsale

    Yardsale Part of the Furniture Moderator

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    @Kangaroo - another 20 days passed - hopefully things are getting a bit better?
     
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  15. Seafm

    Seafm Too far from the snow Ski Pass: Gold

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    Not so much an injury but I had my first cataract surgery today. Other eye happening in two weeks time. Now waiting for the big reveal tomorrow morning:)
     
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  16. cold wombat

    cold wombat Twitter Contributer Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Good luck!
     
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  17. Kangaroo

    Kangaroo One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hi there Yardsale, thank you for asking.

    I'm still in a bit of discomfort and pain, but remaining positive. My latest CRP level in blood tests done last weekend was 5. That's the lowest it's been since my injury. Although not a complete indicator of infection, it is a good sign anyway. The oozing has just about stopped (limited a spot rather than a torrent).

    I just have to give it time. 16 operations has taken a lot of toll on my leg (and the rest of me). At least I have no hardware in my leg now, but the infection has inhibited the union of the fractures somewhat. Again, time.

    I'm 50% weight bearing which is so much better than when I was discharged after the first 2 month round of hospitalisation. At that time, I was about 3 or 4 months non-weight bearing.

    Hope you're doing well. What's the status with your recovery?
     
  18. Undies

    Undies Pizza! Ski Pass: Gold

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    That all sounds like it's heading in the right direction! Crossing fingers and toes, touching wood, and whatever else superstitious people do. May this be the start of good things for you!
     
  19. Seafm

    Seafm Too far from the snow Ski Pass: Gold

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    Patch is off now. To say that it's a miracle would be an understatement. Green is actually green now. I have a bottlebrush in the back yard and never realised how red the flowers on it actually are:) close up vision is still blurry but mostly because my pupils are still dilated from the surgery, they used bucket loads of drops yesterday. I can see things that I haven't seen in years, I can even read the ribbon line on the news channels now. Can't wait to get the other eye done:):)
     
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  20. nfip

    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Great news.
    Steady as she goes skipper.
     
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  21. nfip

    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    kewl.
    now .
    about that T shirt ^^^ ;)
     
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  22. almontyrat

    almontyrat One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    My Mum said exactly the same thing when she had hers done that she could actually see vivid colours again.
     
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  23. Seafm

    Seafm Too far from the snow Ski Pass: Gold

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    What about "that" T shirt?:):)
     
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  24. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    That’s a good update. So pleased you’re starting to recover :thumbs:
     
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  25. Sadie

    Sadie Chk Chk Boom Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Fantastic to hear, @Kangaroo. No was just thinking of you today and how you were going.
    I still have all the things crossed for you that your recovery goes from strength to strength.
     
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  26. Kangaroo

    Kangaroo One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thank you, so nice to have others thinking of me and your kind thoughts.

    Hope you all stay safe and enjoy a fantastic season in the mountains. I'll be sure to head on up once I'm feeling ok for a long drive and off my antibiotics (so that I can enjoy a beer or 6).
     
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  27. DPS Driver

    DPS Driver One of Us

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    I had my pterygium done a few years back and the specialist was telling me about the follow up appt the day after the surgery. He said I'll see a whole lot of people in the waiting room with eye patches on and you can easily tell who had pterygium surgery versus cataract surgery. The cataract patients will be sitting back reading the waiting room magazines and the Pterygium patients will have their head in there hands and be rocking back & forth in pain. Thanks doc, great pre-surgery pep talk.

    Great T-shirt BTW.
     
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  28. Seafm

    Seafm Too far from the snow Ski Pass: Gold

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    I was admiring the amazing view out the window with the biggest grin on my face. You could have hit me in the back of the head with a lump of 4x2 and wouldn't have stopped the grin:D:D:D
     
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  29. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates One of Us

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    Supposed I should add mine in there too (I think I listed it at the time under Falls Creek https://www.ski.com.au/xf/threads/f...ts-pics-conditions.75071/page-12#post-3131820).

    Loooong time ago (but just found this thread) October LWE 2016, I had an ejection failure half-way down St Elmo's. Clean break of my right tibia & fibula. Body bagged down to the FC medical centre and the red & white bus down to Mt Beauty hospital. (thanks Ski patrollers, unknown helper & @Hully's +1)

    My +1 put in a herculean effort to drive back to Sydney as the only driver.

    I had a nail inserted into the tibia a day later, it's still in there.

    Back on snow in late 2017 for some spring skiing.

    Nothing as gruelling as @Kangaroo, trust you're on the improve.
     
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  30. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Oh great...
    I have a pterygium that will need doing at some stage. :eek:
     
  31. DPS Driver

    DPS Driver One of Us

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    Don't worry too much. That operation introduced me to the wonders of Endone.

    Just keep it up and you'll be laughing.
     
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  32. Kangaroo

    Kangaroo One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    That's positive news Kanga.
    I had a dose of bursitis last week. First time and fixed pretty easy with some strong anti-inflammatory. That was painful enough. I could only imagine what you are going through. Take care.
     
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  34. Yardsale

    Yardsale Part of the Furniture Moderator

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    Woops! Sorry, didn't get back to this - work ate me :)

    Wow, what a long road. When I was in the Alfred I had a guy there who had a knee replacement and got staff. He's up and fully mobile now, walking the dog, working on his car - which is about 2 and a half years after he went in.

    He, like me, found when you can fully put your weight back on thing, that's when the big gains come. So the bit that puts the smile back on your face is going to happen soon. Keep at it, kill the bugs!

    Yeah pretty good. Just jumped off the connected cycling home trainer. Got destroyed in a D grade race, fell off the back in one of the sprints and couldn't get back on.... so, yeah, the recovery is going ok. About a month ago I smashed the skin graft against my peddal while riding the mtb and took a bunch of skin off - and it all repaired without infection, so looks like the lypathic system has come back properly around were the graft it.

    I go back to the doc in October to check in and see if the rod can come out of the femur.

    So all in all, looking good, looking forward to being able to put the skis on again. A long way from "we'll try and save your leg". The medical profession is bloody amazing.
     
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  35. Seafm

    Seafm Too far from the snow Ski Pass: Gold

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    Second eye all sorted:)
     
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  36. Untele-whippet

    Untele-whippet beard stroker Ski Pass: Gold

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    You’ve shrunk!
     
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  37. Sadie

    Sadie Chk Chk Boom Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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  38. DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    It's still attached ! :p

    Off for a MTB ride with the crew this afternoon while we wait for snow,
     
  39. zac150

    zac150 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    based on the way @DidSurfNowSki is riding uphill, the leg is fine! Nearly destroyed on Friday on the one year anniversary ride.
     
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  40. Kangaroo

    Kangaroo One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hi Sadie, I still have a lot of pain from my knee down to my foot and can barely walk. I need crutches and am still limited to 50% weight bearing.

    A couple of positive signs are that my last blood test had a CRP of 5 which is really low and there has been no oozing for more than a month now.

    I have an orthopaedic, plastics and infectious diseases appointment at the hospital on Friday, so fingers crossed I’m heading in the right direction.

    Hope you’re doing well
     
  41. Sadie

    Sadie Chk Chk Boom Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Fantastic to hear! Sounds like it’s all going in the right direction.
     
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  42. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    A lot of positives in this post @Kangaroo - really pleased to see!
     
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  43. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    that's great news. might still be along way to go, but seems you've come a hell of a long way since amputation seemed imminent.
     
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  44. Yardsale

    Yardsale Part of the Furniture Moderator

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    Staff is a bitch @Kangaroo - glad you're getting on top of it.
     
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  45. markopolo

    markopolo Naughty Corner Resident Ski Pass: Gold

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    i am at 7 months post total knee replacement and I hit 120 degrees flex today ! :)
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