Saturday, August 21, 2010
This morning, I took the bandage off my ankle and could take a shower WITHOUT a garbage bag and oodles of duct tape.  It was lovely.  When I took all the gauze away, I noticed two things.  1) There wasn't as much swelling as I thought there might be... Score!  and 2)  They gave someone an anatomy lesson on my ankle.  Here's what it looked like (well after I took a shower and put bandaids over the slightly oozy portal incisions...)

They used a LOT of purple marking pen on me!  If you look closely, you'll note that most of the lines are marked with initials that identity the muscle, tendon, ligament, or nerve that run across the joint line in that area.  I think I ID'ed most of them... but some are smeared post-shower.  I've been in the OR with my surgeon on the other side of the knife, and I know that he does a lot of diagramming to teach, so I can hear him in my head saying "Kari, what bone is this?".  It gave me at least 3 minutes of entertainment. 

Anyway, I'm glad to know they were very diligent about not spearing any of my critical ankle structures with sharp objects :)  Mission accomplished I think!  There's just one stitch, and I've got a bit of motion back already, but it's still sore if I push too hard.  I'm still thinking a speedy recovery is in my future though!

Oh, and you can see my well preserved pedicure :)  Way to go, anesthesiologist!


EoE Brewer said...

Pretty cool, it's amazing how much they can do without having to slice you wide open these days. Hope the recovery is going well.

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