Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Frankenboot

Follow up in Odessa today.  
7 hour round trip drive for a couple of x rays and a new shoe.

16 comments:

Margery Bills said...

O.K., checked on my air life and went ahead and paid $40.00 for the next four years starting next July and had a sheriff discount. This covers a 150 mile radius around San Antonio. Methodist Reach covers here and Terlingua and is $65.00 a month. Reach is in a lot of places.

Dizzy-Dick said...

I am sure that was an expensive shoe. Hope they gave you a choice of colors. . .

Larry G said...

either John has a way to work magic with the accelerator pedal or he had a driver!

WhyR said...

Bones knit slowly, but you WILL get through this. Were you able to drive yourself those 7 hours to Odessa and back? If not, thank your lucky stars for the kind and helpful people who are making this and other things possible. It seems you have made many friends out there in the desert. Those of us at a greater remove would like to help you as well, you just need to let us know how.

John Wells said...

Ron Nelson from Terlingua drove me to Alpine this morning...Nancy Burton from Alpine did the Odessa round trip...Joe Blumentritt from Terlingua brought me home from Alpine late this afternoon.

Chris Callis said...

Maybe it's time for a left-foot accelerator.

rondeb said...

Will you ever get a hard cast or will you always have the soft cast?

MsBelinda said...

It is great to know that you have so many kind and caring friends.

Kudos to all of them for all their help.

J said...

rondeb - I take xrays for a group of orthopedic surgeons. A hard cast is unlikely since he has an internal prosthesis. The boot is all that is required.

Larry G said...

J - that is interesting. Does that mean that his leg is already strong enough to carry weight, etc , and the boot is to immobilize so the bone parts can heal and re-knit?

after he is healed - will the addition of the metal essentially make that leg every stronger than with just bone?

J said...

The boot IS to immobilize the various unconnected parts so that healing can occur without too much stress. Until that happens, his leg is NOT strong enough to bear weight.

Note for the lawyers: I am not an MD, and this is not medical advice!

J said...

I forgot to add that, in general, the titanium is stronger than bone, but since the bone surrounding the rod is thinner than the original solid bone it's probably about equal strength all things considered.

rondeb said...

J - Will the rod stay in the leg forever? We must sound pretty uneducated LOL

J said...

Nothing wrong with being uneducated on a subject. Hell, you could ask me the simplest things about any number of subjects and I wouldn't have a clue.

Only very rarely will the rod be removed. Sometimes after complete healing one of the screws holding it in place might snap or start to back out. That can cause pain and would indicate another surgery to remove it. That's very rare though.

david holloway said...

Good thing you got your travel to Odessa done yesterday.

Rev.jimmyleebob said...

That was one expensive shoe in 85. Guess the upside is you don't need a pair. Saw
a guy on a forklift at the ice plant the other day. Had one on his right foot. I looked at it and grinned at him. He says," You think that's funny ?" Stuck my left leg up on the forklift and pulled up my pants leg.He starts laughing........