I''m so glad I got your reply. I'm packing now to leave for the hospital in Indy. It's about a three hour drive. I'm so very sad to hear all the things you have been through. Hopefully, nothing else will require you to have more surgeries.
I complained about my upper left arm hurting for four years, and my Dr. told me it was arthritis in my shoulder. Finally, the pain got so intense last June that I went to the ER in the middle of the night. They x-rayed my arm and found a 5 inch tumor inside the bone. (they said it in cmm's but they had to convert it for me to understand. lol) They showed me the x-rays and even I could see it. It was cancer.
They set me up to see a local orthopedic surgeon the next day. He wasn't comfortable dealing with it so they sent me to Indiana University Hospital to see Dr.Wurtz. He's a professor and a orthopedic surgeon oncologist. The did a biopsy in June, and that was much more than I thought it would be. I thought they would just take a little shaving of the bone, but no such luck. He cut a section of bone and tumor out.
I went back on July 18th for surgery to remove the whole bone in my left
arm (humorus bone) That was an extremely painful surgery. From there I had to go to rehab for three weeks.
In August, I had more surgery because there was a section that wasn't healing. Finally, I got to come home. I have no use of my upper arm, but I can use my forearm and hand. Three of the fingers are numb, but they function. I am able to lift my arm and hand with my good hand and put it where I want it, which is usually the keyboard. lol I thought I was home safe at last.
I went for my checkup a few weeks ago and the titanium rod he put in my arm had gotten pushed forward when I fell on Easter. More surgery!! I am more afraid of the surgery I have to have in the morning than I was of all the other ones put together and I don't know why. If it wasn't painful, I doubt I would have it done. There is only a thin layer of skin covering the rod at the top and if I fall again it would pop through. I finally consented to surgery. I really hope this is my last one for a very long time. I do have a knee that's been causing me problems but I'm not ready to even deal with that yet. lol
You were very nice for asking what kind of surgery I was having and then I send you this long boring mail explaining it. I hope everyone hasn't forgotten me when I get back. I haven't been with the group very long.
I will be typing with one hand but on the board it really doesn't matter about speed. I won't keep you any longer. Thanks again for caring and I hope nothing further happens to you.
See you when I get back. You will be the first one I tell.
Have a good night.......Connie
Missing you Dad,