Monday, April 16, 2012

Hospital bound

So here is what is happening to me these days.  Several years ago (as in 6) I stood up and felt something go terribly wrong in my left ankle.  The pain was excruciating and the company I was expecting (my sister Holly and my aunt Margaret) was the furthest thing from my mind.  It took me about an hour to walk with anything like comfort.  Sad to say, comfort has been far from my mind for that long.  I was diagnosed with RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) about 4 years ago and tried the different meds that was offered.  They helped the pain not at all and made me so sick that I couldn't keep anything down.  So, back to the Aleve and the softening around the edges of pain that it brought.

I have been to several doctors from podiatrists to Orthopaedic surgeons only to be patted on the head and told the good news is it isn't I ever thought it was.  After a few times of feeling the bones in your foot crumble, you sort of know.  So, while I was having other health issues that put my life on the line, my foot problem was put on the back burner.  Then a couple of weeks ago I stood up and felt the bones crumble yet again.  I called my Primary Care Doc and demanded that I be seen by someone who specialized in this type of thing.  This is how I was put in touch with Dr Joseph.  He took one look at my foot, asked me to remove my sock and walk across the floor for him and announced on no uncertain terms that he knew what was wrong, what I needed and that the time to move was nearly long past.

So, here is the scoop.  He is doing something called a Pantalar Fusion.  He told me that with my foot in the condition it is in, that in the 80's amputation would have been my only answer.  He does not rule that out even now.  Healing with the double whammy of RA and diabetes mean that I will have to be diligent against infection.  But you know, I haven't worried.  I have such a strong faith in God bringing me through this, that I won't even lose any sleep over this.  He has brought me so far that I don't expect Him to drop me at this late stage of the game.  So, that is why my blogging has been sporadic to say the least, but I'm still out here, still visiting, still loving all my blog pals.  I hope to be back here with an update soon.  The surgery is tomorrow morning and I have hopes of at least wearing normal shoes once again, even though my fast dancing days may be over.  Keep me in your prayers.  Love to you all...


Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

All the best with this journey, Sandi! Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Vee said...

Oh Sandi! Thank God you finally demanded a specialist. (Bet you never showed that ankle to your father...) You are very much in our prayers and we'll be waiting for an update. No rush. The Lord is certainly able to carry you safely through this challenge.

Lee said...

Prayers are ascending for your health and recovery. They will continue till all is better and life is more normal. Wondering if you know when you'll be home from the hospital.


the fly in the web said...

Thank goodness you insisted on seeing a specialist.
Thoughts will be with you.

Jeni said...

So glad you are finally going to be able to get this repaired! Hope all goes well for you today and as you heal. You know, I -along with many, many others -will be praying for you and for a speedy, total recovery!

JunieRose2005 said...

Dear Sandy,

You are in my thoughts and prayers!



Kathy's Klothesline said...

Holding you up in thoughts and prayers.

larkswing said...

Wow Sandi!! Bless your heart, and foot and whole being!! Gotcha covered in prayers!!

Akelamalu said...

You're in my thoughts and prayers and I'm sending Reiki as well. Hope everything goes well with the op. xx

Donna said...

Oh Sandi...God is Indeed Good! I'll be praying for you!!!!!
Let us know when you feel up to it!

Sally said...

Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I hope the surgery went well this morning, and successful to where you can walk again without pain.

Love you!

Vee said...

*****Sandi just called me and wanted me to leave a comment here that she is safely through surgery and that it went well. She is staying in the hospital one more day. She thanks everyone for the thoughts and prayers.*****

Hilary said...

Oh my that looks so painful. You are indeed in my very best thoughts, dear Sandi. Speedy recovery and hugs to you.

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

oh girl....I am so sorry. That foot looks painful and I just saw that you are out of surgery and doing real well. I pray that you will have continued and quick healing and maybe not dancing but having a run for it. xoxo

ancient one said...

Praying for your full recovery. Glad the surgery went well..

Pondside said...

Thinking or you as you go through this process - prayers for you and for the doctor too. Thank goodness you demanded to see someone before it was too late.

BeautifulDees said...

Oh my dear I will keep you in my prayer's....thank you for praying for Dustin, when you needed it also.
Dustin is home and improving.
The best sent your way dear.

Vee said...

Peeking in...

Debbie Lo said...

Wow, what an awful problem to have with your foot, Sandi! It looks, and sounds, SO painful! Thank goodness you finally found a specialist who can help you. I hope your surgery went well yesterday, and that your recovery will be full, and speedy.

God bless you, girl. I'm sending hugs your way!

ancient one said...

So I'm just back ... checking up on you... (((hugs)))

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NitWit1 said...

Prayers for you from me. I have 2 friends with RA. One has had no surgery but the other has had both feet and one hand worked on.

It is not something to take lightly. and pain can be horrific.

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Brian Miller said...

omg...i am glad you are on the mend...that...shivers...and arent you glad for modern medicine too...shivers...glad you are healing...