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        12-07-2012, 03:18 PM
      #71
    Showing
    Your bones should be healed within 6 weeks. Hate to tell you this but be mindful that you don't become constipated. Lying around and painkillers will back you up. If the nurses haven't asked you already, ask for something now. That can become your worst pain.
         
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        12-07-2012, 03:29 PM
      #72
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    Your bones should be healed within 6 weeks. Hate to tell you this but be mindful that you don't become constipated. Lying around and painkillers will back you up. If the nurses haven't asked you already, ask for something now. That can become your worst pain.
    So very very very true. When I was in the hospital with chronic migraine attacks I was stuck in bed on an iv pump of morphine. I got to the point where the worse pain was not being able to "go". So on top of not being able to see anything but spots and auras and dizzy every time I moved and wanting to cry from multiple spinal taps I had to go and I couldn't go and wanted to cry from that! Lol.

    I wish you a complication free speedy recovery. All I can think is you have a guardian angel on your shoulder and you should kiss them because they were watching out for you. I can't even begin to imagine how scared you must have been.
         
        12-08-2012, 12:40 PM
      #73
    Trained
    Well, my arm will heal in six weeks. My leg will be much longer. Everyone always said "broken leg" and I didn't get the no walking on it for three months. My PT got the x-rays and explained - I did break it, but in reality it was shattered.
    Two main breaks went seperate, one more up and one more down. The space in between was broke into one chunk (blue line up and down between fractures in diagram - excuse my Paint skills - The black in she pins and rod) and a host of other little pieces.
    So we have to wait until the chunk that broke off and seperated reattaches itself to both main pieces of the femur before we can consider weight bearing. While that process will start in a few months, it will be over a year before it is close to 100%, or as close to that as it will get.
    The hip fracture was right at the head, and because of the location they were worried about blood loss to it. Odds are I will need a full replacement in future years. No smoking (something else to deal with..Yay..lol) as it constricts blood vessels and blood flow. Two pins are holding that in place, the rod was put through the middle of my femur and screwed in below all the fractures.
    The arm is stupid itchy but healing. Bashed it enough I'm finally (almost) appreciative of the cast. First thing they did was put me on laxatives, stool softeners, and blood thinners - for those reason's Saddlebag!
    Haven't gotten too much farther with PT as my muscle is holding fast in a rock like position. Doing heat/cold and excerises and he tried massage (wasn't going to happen, WAY to sore) but not much more we can do until it loosens some.
    Sounds like I will be here at least another 2-3 weeks which...Sucks.
    So much to do at home yet - building a ramp so I can get in my house, moving stuff around to accomadate my walker, bar by the toilet, moving my bed upstairs...
    Been quite the journey already...
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        12-08-2012, 12:54 PM
      #74
    Trained
    It is going to be a slow process, but I still can't believe you got out of that wreck as well as you did. My son had a wreck a few years back, and the first police on the scene were spreading out looking in the undergrowth, when he asked them why they said they were looking for the body of the driver as it had obviously been thrown clear. When he explained he was the driver they didn't believe him, he didn't have a scratch on him, just suffered from whiplash, and has to have occasional neck adjustments to this day.

    I didn't think of all the accommodations that had to be made for you at home, do you get any sort of grant for that? Hope the PT starts going well and you can get those muscles to start softening up. I get that it sucks in hospital, but it is the best place for you right now, but there us still a chance that you may get home for Christmas. Do they do day releases for you I wonder, even if you are not ready for full discharge maybe you could get out for a couple of days, as long as you promise not to try and cook the Christmas dinner.
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        12-08-2012, 01:50 PM
      #75
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
    It is going to be a slow process, but I still can't believe you got out of that wreck as well as you did. My son had a wreck a few years back, and the first police on the scene were spreading out looking in the undergrowth, when he asked them why they said they were looking for the body of the driver as it had obviously been thrown clear. When he explained he was the driver they didn't believe him, he didn't have a scratch on him, just suffered from whiplash, and has to have occasional neck adjustments to this day.

    I didn't think of all the accommodations that had to be made for you at home, do you get any sort of grant for that? Hope the PT starts going well and you can get those muscles to start softening up. I get that it sucks in hospital, but it is the best place for you right now, but there us still a chance that you may get home for Christmas. Do they do day releases for you I wonder, even if you are not ready for full discharge maybe you could get out for a couple of days, as long as you promise not to try and cook the Christmas dinner.
    I'm glad your son was okay! Sounds like he was just as lucky.
    I don't have much memories of the accident but one little bit I do remember is one of the fire fighters saying "She isn't going to make it" as they were trying to get the jaws of life to pry the car open enough to get it off my leg. I think I kept passing out from the pain but I heard that and my heart started going and I made myself wake up (prob not for long LOL).
    I know my mom almost fainted and my sister threw up when they first saw it, because it just doesn't seem possible. Just the thought of how close...
    I have a strange affection for that car now; almost had the notion of keeping it just because.

    If it turns out I will be here until Christmas, I'm for sure going to ask for a day pass! Right now it all depends on the x-rays and how comfortable my PT feels about letting me go. Judging by the way he talked I'm not overly hopeful.
    I don't think they help with home renos but they do have a program that will pay for the equipment I need (walker, crutches, shower chair, raised toilet seat, wheelchair) which would cost me a fortune otherwise.
    The hardest part is going to be able to see my horses but be able to go visit.
         
        12-08-2012, 02:40 PM
      #76
    Green Broke
    Bless your heart WS!! You are very lucky to still be here. I know it seems daunting, but PT will be a great help in getting you back to your prior level of function. I've seen miraculous recoveries in my career, and you'll be one of them.

    Blessings and healing to you.. ;)
         
        12-08-2012, 04:02 PM
      #77
    Yearling
    I am going to (as soon as I can; probably at work tonight!) put a link up on this site which I was just describing to my husband...it's of a young woman...prob 20's, who was in a jumping accident where her horse fell on her, LITERALLY SHATTERED her pelvis (similar to the description of the area of your femur) and broke her collar bone, other various injuries...

    The fascinating thing is that, much like in your situation, she too, lived--though could NOT HAVE for many different reasons...if things had gone just slightly another direction, etc...!

    Anyhow, she has three videos posted...the first shows her riding a lovely jumping round, ending with the accident in slow-mo as you see her horse land atop her and crush her.

    The second link is the 4D radiograph of her actual pelvis with all fractures and pieces everywhere. Later in that video is her pelvis following the pinning, and you can see all the rods/clips/screws, etc...(including one large rod that ran through her whole pelvis, one side to the other, bolted OUTSIDE of both her R and L hip...) She was in bed for 4 months with these in place and then had another 4 months of daily PT...

    The third video is of her FIRST WALK/TROT ride back! Miraculous that he can walk, but to be riding? And apparently now she is BACK TO JUMPING, & is entered into some competition called "C&T" (You hardcore jumpers should know it...I believe she lives in Mass. And it's a rather large competition...)

    Point being...with the PT/care you are getting now and will get in the future, there is LITERALLY nothing stopping you from getting right back to where you were it better(!) as long as you stay patient, as TOTALLY HARD AND MINDBLOWING as that must feel...stay positive(!!!) which you are very OBVIOUSLY GREAT AT(!), & keep your eye on the prize daily...whatever "the prize" is for YOU, PERSONALLY! If it is to walk unassisted, to regain strength that you lost PLUS MORE, to ride again as soon as you are permitted...to DRIVE AGAIN WITHOUT FEAR--that could be a big one!--whatever it is, you can do it!

    You are unquestionably phenomenally strong, blessed, and supported by many "real life" as well as online community folks...You WILL, just like this girl in the VIDS(which I will post!) do AMAZING THINGS AND RECOVER FULLY!!

    We're ALL BELIEVING IN AND PRAYING FOR YOU!

    Many cyber hugs!!! B2H ;0)
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        12-09-2012, 01:18 AM
      #78
    QOS
    Green Broke
    Bless your heart...the injuries are terrible and I know your mom and sister literally had a heart stopping moment. Keep your spirits up - it will not happen over night but you will get there.

    My daughter was involved in a single car accident 3 years ago. We had it coming and going. On Friday my father in law fell and we discovered he had a huge bigger-than-a-softball sized tumor in his head. He was sent to Houston. On Monday my mom called and said she was bleeding vaginally - she was almost 70. I called a dr. And made an appointment for Wednesday in Houston. FIL was having brain surgery on Wednesday there. On Tuesday my daughter was on Inter state 10 and hit a slick spot and hydroplaned from the center lane - she spun around and hit the right side of the interstate - spun all the way to the left side and hit that and spun into the center lane again and was hit by an 18 wheeler. Morg said she looked up and saw it hit her. Her car was totaled - it was a Corolla - but she basically walked away with a scratch on her hip and some soreness. I couldn't go to Houston with my mom because I was watching over Morgan and we found out Mom had cancer. Ugh. What a week.

    We all recovered though through the grace of God and many strong angels and prayers. I am praying for you and hope you improve each day. God is watching over you!
         
        12-09-2012, 01:36 AM
      #79
    Foal
    Once you get to the point that you're learning to walk again, have someone lead you around on horseback. I just wrote a 10 page research paper about hippotherapy. I'm a pre-PT student, and hippotherapy is an amazing thing! One study I reviewed looked at stroke victims who ended up paralyzed on half of their body. 12 weeks of regular PT showed no improvements in any of the participants. 12 weeks of PT with equine therapy showed significant improvements. Here's why: When you are on top of a horse, even at just a walk, the way the horse moves in on a 3 dimensional plane (exactly the same as when we walk) Being on horseback improves sensory perception because your body has to accomodate for the shift in weight to maintain balance. It is the only way to strengthen all the secondary muscles and balance abilities needed to walk--without actually walking.

    Although these things take a long time to heal, once you get to a point where you're walking again, you should really have someone lead you around on horseback for 20-30 minutes a day/ every other day.

    Good luck and I wish you a speedy recovery! Keep your spirits high, because sometimes mind over matter can help more than you realize.
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        12-09-2012, 06:35 AM
      #80
    Yearling
    As promised (I hope this works!) the video links to this young woman's miraculous recovery following a traumatic and terrible injury...not in a car, but in the showjumping arena...

    This is the link to the stellar ride/with the fall occurring approx 2" into the video (I cut out the first 2 min. In the interest of time; but if you go to the link, you can watch her whole ride!)...

    horrific show jumping fall - YouTube


    This is the link to her Pelvic Radiographs taken both after the accident but before repair surgery and then after surgery was done and all the pins and rods were in place!...


    AND...this is HER riding again for the first time after the accident (I believe after only EIGHT months!!!!!


    Just like you will be...Miraculous!
         

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