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    Old 01-08-2017, 01:17 PM   #1
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    Having Ligament Reconstruction (Brostrom) Done

    Long story short...because it really is a long story:

    End of September: Sprained ankle, saw ortho, was in boot for 5-6 weeks
    October: Taken out of boot, put into PT
    November: Still wasn't healed, had MRI done
    Beginning of December: MRI results -- torn ATFL, would need surgery but surgeon was booked through the month
    Now: Surgery is scheduled for next Monday (the 16th)

    This is round 2 for me with ligament reconstruction, on the same ankle...round 1 was when I was 16 turning 17. I wasn't scared at all that time, probably because I was young and naive, but I'm kind of scared this time around. And when I say kind of, I mean for the last week I've been having dreams/nightmares about the surgery, and I don't dream -- ever!!

    I've read up on the procedure, watched videos, read blogs etc...and I'm trying my best to mentally prepare myself since I wasn't expecting the surgery to be scheduled so fast! I thought I'd have to wait at least a few weeks, but no, saw my surgeon on Friday, had the surgery scheduled for a week and a half later! I asked a number of questions, but I forgot one which is would I be getting an On-Q pain relief thing...because I had one the first time around and it helped immensely! How do I call and find this out now?

    Also, because I live alone and it's rough to get on by yourself, I'm going to stay at my parents house for a week or two after the procedure, so that I've got help and support...no hopping around to cook or clean or anything. And either when the pain is low enough or I've got my fiberglass cast rather than the plaster surgical one, I'll go home.

    I know that I need a shower protector, and possibly shower chair, depending on if there's a tub or not (I haven't paid that much attention while going to the bathroom at their house lol)...and I'm getting a knee scooter...what else do I need? I'll of course be bringing my own blankets and pillows to their house so it's more comfortable...

    Anything else I need to know/do before getting this done? Its been 9 years since the first time, and honestly, I only remember bits and pieces of the whole ordeal.

     
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    Old 01-08-2017, 02:55 PM   #2
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    Re: Having Ligament Reconstruction (Brostrom) Done

    Do you have a Polar Cube with ankle wrap or something similar that runs continuous ice water through the wrap? Between that and the On-Q, it can significantly reduce the pain.
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    Old 01-08-2017, 03:00 PM   #3
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    Re: Having Ligament Reconstruction (Brostrom) Done

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    Do you have a Polar Cube with ankle wrap or something similar that runs continuous ice water through the wrap? Between that and the On-Q, it can significantly reduce the pain.
    No, I don't. I also don't know if I'm getting the On-Q...still gotta figure out how to ask.

     
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    Old 01-08-2017, 06:31 PM   #4
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    Re: Having Ligament Reconstruction (Brostrom) Done

    For shower protection, do a search for Xerosox. I bought one when I had finger surgery on my right hand. It came in handy three years later when I needed the same surgery on my left hand. They are wonderful!! It is a waterproof cover for your foot, leg, hand, or arm. It sucks out all of the air, so it is very form fitting. You'll never have to use a plastic bag and tape again :~)

     
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    Old 01-08-2017, 06:35 PM   #5
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    For shower protection, do a search for Xerosox. I bought one when I had finger surgery on my right hand. It came in handy three years later when I needed the same surgery on my left hand. They are wonderful!! It is a waterproof cover for your foot, leg, hand, or arm. It sucks out all of the air, so it is very form fitting. You'll never have to use a plastic bag and tape again :~)
    I actually already have done the research and I'm gonna go with Seal Tight since it's got a 4.5 star rating on ******, over 1,000 reviews and only costs $10. I don't think you can really get better than that! It's not form fitting, but since I'll only be bathing, not swimming or anything, I don't really see why that matters. I did see Xerosox in my search though...and if it were summer, I could see spending $30 on it for the conformity, but as it's the middle of winter and I'm not gonna be near any water but the shower...

    Thanks for the suggestion though

     
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    Old 01-08-2017, 07:07 PM   #6
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    Yeah, if you can find something good for your leg, you don't really need the Xerosox. I liked it for my hands because I could wash my hair with both hands and wash dishes :-). Good luck with your surgery.

     
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    Old 01-08-2017, 07:28 PM   #7
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    Yeah. It should be good.

    Anything else I need to prep? One thing I'm worried about is my piercings...I've got 2 that close pretty quick...

     
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    Old 01-08-2017, 10:12 PM   #8
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    Are these piercings on your ankle or anywhere close to the surgical site? If they would impede your healing in any way, I would suggest taking them out and getting them done again after you've healed, if they're really important to you.

     
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    Old 01-09-2017, 12:51 AM   #9
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    Nope, but 1 is a nose piercing which I'm assuming they definitely won't want due to the anesthesia and breathing tube etc. The other is on the top of my ear (forward helix)...if I have to take that one out, it'll most likely just close because its already been messed around with too much and the healing has been slow going...and I've gotten bumps there etc...so I probably wouldn't even be able to get it re-pierced

     
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    Old 01-09-2017, 03:00 AM   #10
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    I wouldn't think the one in your ear would be problem. I don't know about the one in your nose. If they tell you that you need to remove it, ask if you can thread a piece of dental floss through it and knot it.

     
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    Old 01-09-2017, 05:20 AM   #11
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    Dental floss would be like having nothing in there at all, so I'd rather not put any in there. It's a 14g piercing which is 3 sizes bigger than the "average" ear piercing that you would find someone getting at Claire's or something...dental floss might do for that, but not for something this much bigger! Even when I put at 16g piece of jewelry in it for less than 24 hours it shrank, and that's just 1 size difference! It's not a difficult piece of jewelry to get in/out, I just won't be able to do it drugged.

     
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    I would suggest you call the hospital or surgical center and talk to the staff there. You are not the first patient they will have treated with piercing and theit advise will be accurate for you and your doctor.

     
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    Old 01-09-2017, 01:06 PM   #13
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    So I now have my post-op appointment scheduled: Thurs the 26th. So that means 9 days in the surgical cast, and then fiberglass! They were saying I might have to wait a bit longer because of my surgeon's schedule, but they found a way to get me in within the 7-10 day time frame!

     
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    Old 01-12-2017, 07:39 PM   #14
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    Something I thought of for you is crutch covers I got some by Crutcheze off of ****** and they have saved my hands! It's like having extra padding on the grips, I couldn't imagine the last 12 weeks without them!

    Also, I found out that my local village hall in the suburb I'm in has a lending closet where you can borrow things like wheelchairs, crutches, canes, etc. I borrowed a wheelchair from them for 2 months and it was a life saver. It helped me get out of the house and go to the mall or the movies comfortably. If you live in an area that offers those services through the health department that may also help you. I also live by myself with a dog so I understand staying at your parents, I have been doing the same thing since my surgery 3 months ago Best of luck.

     
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    Old 01-12-2017, 08:00 PM   #15
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    Something I thought of for you is crutch covers I got some by Crutcheze off of ****** and they have saved my hands! It's like having extra padding on the grips, I couldn't imagine the last 12 weeks without them!

    Also, I found out that my local village hall in the suburb I'm in has a lending closet where you can borrow things like wheelchairs, crutches, canes, etc. I borrowed a wheelchair from them for 2 months and it was a life saver. It helped me get out of the house and go to the mall or the movies comfortably. If you live in an area that offers those services through the health department that may also help you. I also live by myself with a dog so I understand staying at your parents, I have been doing the same thing since my surgery 3 months ago Best of luck.
    I've never liked anything on my crutches...and in HS I spent 3 months on crutches! Not the best 3 months of my life lol.

    At about 500 sq ft, my apartment is small enough that I honestly only imagine using crutches in it. We probably have something like what you're talking about, in fact, I'm almost sure we do...but let me tell you, I'm a stubborn a** individual! After my first surgery, the very first day I was allowed FWB I took the morning to get used to it, and then when my mom went to Target in the afternoon and I wanted to go she was like, no crutches? And I said absolutely not! So even though it hurt like hell after the trip was over, it was well worth it, and I think that to this day, almost 10 years later.

    I feel like if I drove a wheelchair might make sense, but since I don't and I rely on my parents to bring me places it wouldn't make much of a difference in my life...mainly because the mall here is so small that I could honestly crutch across it, from one end to the other with no issues...yeah...it's pretty pathetic.

    My mom pretty much made me feel unwelcome tonight. I'm hoping just because she's sick and really not feeling well. She said in a tone, "how long are you planning on staying here?" I mean, I want to stay the shortest amount of time anyway, the house is just too much -- I don't get on well with my parents for long periods of time, and there are my 6 younger siblings plus my 3 year old nephew all living in the house as well, so it's just too much chaos for it to be a good place to be for very long. And I figure, if I come back home and can't do it, I'll just go back to their house. We live about 3 minutes from each other...I can, when well, walk to their house in 12-15 minutes, so it's not like it would be hard for them to come and get me.

     
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