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After a grueling 9 years of surgery, I am finally just about fully functional to misbehave myself. This is surely(better be anyways) the last surgery I have. Ironically as I am typing this up, I am actually typing in cast, with just my left index finger and my full functioning right hand SURPRISE.

WARNING! some extremely graphic medical photos in this thread! do not scroll down if you have a sensitive stomach!

I will post a very short and sweet history for those of you who do not know me personally.

I suffered from a bad wrist fracture back in 97 during a riding lesson. I missed a distance while cantering downhill over an oxer which ultimately me and the horse falling down. I received a fairly minor injury considering the accident, but nonetheless, an injury that will have caused some severe pain and wrist instability until this month where I received my last surgery.
With this wrist injury I suffered for years. I was unable to do a lot of the basic things we all take for granted.

I had a total of 8 reconstructive surgeries on my wrist alone from wrist scopes, to partial wrist fusions, to ligament and tendon grafts to finally doing a full fusion. Pictures below:




Many various pictures as I got casts removed and new ones put on...







A couple of the latest wrist post op pics as I got closer to being fixed up

 

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part 2..

Then came along my pelvis. At the tender age of 21, I started suffering from chronic hip dislocations. It was quickly discovered that it was due to a condition I was born with, Hip Dysplasia. Luckily, good doctors immediately diagnosed me and started correcting the dysplasia in both hips. Here below is a news story that was posted nationally and is the first surgery I ever had on my first hip:

That surgery was followed by 6 more major operations, 2 of which I almost lost my life in. Pictures below.



After some of the couple surgeries, those are scars that I view in the mirror every day. A reminder of what I have been thru.








 

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part 3

Dozens of hours spent with Occupational Theraphy and Physio Therapy. Had to relearn how to walk...









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I did the math earlier today. Thru this whole ordeal, here is what everything added up to. Those are approximate numbers.

* 73 hours in the operating room
* 267 stitches
* 38 casts
* added up of 2.5 years in a cast(for my wrist)
* 2 plates, 29 screws
* 18 Units of blood
* 3 years of physio
* 149 follow up appts
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How did I actually mentally survive this? most of my strength came from God and faith that I would be ok, an amazing family and taking it one step at a time. I might add that I have considered knitting instead of horses :lol:
So for this surgery on wednesday, I ask that you guys make a little prayer to help the surgeon be able to fix as much of what can be saved and fixed.

I still to this day think that I am the luckiest women alive as I have the best men I have ever met at my side, some incredible friends and forumers! and a family who has always believed we could get through this. I love you all.
 

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Wow, I don't know you but you are amazing. I know people who've dealt with similiar hip problems and they weren't nearly as brave as you. You are a strong woman, and its great that you have such good friends and family. I will definately be sending good thoughts your way for Wednesday. Good luck, everything will be fine :)
 

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Atta girl! Love that positive attitude!

Wednesday is going to go just fine, wait and see! I will be thinking about you and praying for you as well!

I'm really gald to have had the oppurtunity to get to know someone as wonderful and strong as you! You are a rock and we could all learn a little bit about your strength!

And all those scars?! They are beautiful. They are unique, just like you! You are beautiful on the insdie and out, no scar can prevent that! :)

As always I'm right here if you need me for anything! As if that will happen though, your man is too good and won't let me step in! LOL Just kidding!

Hugs to both you Adnan, it must be tough for him as well to see his girl going thru all this! He's a keeper.
 

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Atta girl! Love that positive attitude!

Wednesday is going to go just fine, wait and see! I will be thinking about you and praying for you as well!

I'm really gald to have had the oppurtunity to get to know someone as wonderful and strong as you! You are a rock and we could all learn a little bit about your strength!

And all those scars?! They are beautiful. They are unique, just like you! You are beautiful on the insdie and out, no scar can prevent that! :)

As always I'm right here if you need me for anything! As if that will happen though, your man is too good and won't let me step in! LOL Just kidding!

Hugs to both you Adnan, it must be tough for him as well to see his girl going thru all this! He's a keeper.
Thank you so much Tiffany, you're a darling. The scars are definitely unique alright :lol: Adnan says it makes me. I wear them with pride.
 

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Praying! I know that you will get through this and keep your positive attitude. God will see you through and He never gives us more then we can handle (Jer. 29:11)!

You will have some great stories and amazing scars to show you children one day! :D
 

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Oh my goodness! You poor thing.

I had a friend in San Diego who had hip displasia and had both hips replaced and she was only 32!

I cannot imagine what your going threw with recovery but I hope you forge ahead and get well soon. Lots of thoughts and prayers coming your way.
 

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You seem to be very strong and brave person - many of us would have wilted an given up.

Wishing good luck to you! May God bless you and let this really be the last surgery.
 

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Wow...you are so brave! I think I might have given up by now too!

My prayers are with you for a smooth surgery and a quick recovery!
 

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Thank you so much everyone
 

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I've followed your story over time but never seen it typed up in one post before. Amazing! The list of stitches, OR time, therapy time etc, would be hellish for anyone. You are one tough cookie! Bless you, your family and that special guy you have by your side. Be sure to give him a great big hug.
My thoughts and prayers will be with you today, on Wednesday and until your all healed :D
 

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LOL loved the thumbs up Maureen. Thank you for the kind words. I will continue to think happy thoughts until Wednesday. Much love everyone!
 

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I'm praying for your surgery to be a success. You are right God is amazing, I believe that God does everything for a reason and has a plan for us before we are even born. Your scars are very unique there what make you, you. You are honestly the strongest person I have ever seen. I think that if I had to go through this I would fall apart.

Good luck on your surgery! I hope they fix everything.
 

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Wow, Kelly. You have been through more in your young life than anyone should ever have to go through. My thoughts and prayers will be with you on Wednesday when you go under the knife for the final time (XXfingerscrossedXX). Keep that positive attitude and remember that all of us here support you and wish you well. Sending you what little luck I have. ((((HUGE HUGS)))). Let us know how it turns out as soon as you can. :D
 

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Thank you so much guys, really appreciate it, you are an amazing group of people, love you all.

Two days to finish the rest of the little bit of running around before I'm on some time off. Will definitely keep you all posted as to what they end up being able to fix in surgery. I have no doubt in my mind it will go well, or at least the best it can go. I have a big group of people coming with me, so once again, I am a very lucky and blessed patient.

I hope they can save enough of the joint to allow me to be mobile and active again and delay a replacement. Either way, you are all right, what is meant to be fixed and corrected, will get corrected. I'll just pray until that point.

Thanks again, you are amazing.
Much Love!
 
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