I am so sorry that I have not posted in a while, but I have been trying to read posts as often as I can to keep updated on you all.
The last time I posted, in the beginning of July, my husband had been injured quite badly while working at a racetrack - he had been struck by a 4 wheeler (quad), and had severely injured his knee. He completely tore and ruptured 3 of the 4 ligaments that hold the knee together, as well as injuring his hand and elbow, as well as being covered in roadrash and bruises.
Because of my husbands age (50), the doctor was hoping that enough scar tissue would build up and fill in the space in between the 2 ends of each ligament that was torn, and that with a special custom made brace (the kind football players in the NFL wear to play after they've healed from knee injuries), that he would be able to return to work and finish out the 2 years he has left until he can retire from being a Corrections Officer. We knew that he would probably need some work done on the ACL down the line, but it could wait for now. He followed the doctor's orders to the T, and after 4 weeks of total immobilization, he started physical therapy and over the course of 2 1/2 months he seemed to be progressing very well, he went from no weight bearing in an immobilizer and in a wheelchair, to crutches, to partial weight bearing with a brace that allowed some movement, to the brace that he will have to wear all the time for the next 2 years, and he will have to wear it at work for the rest of his career, and we had finally made it to the point where they said he could try to bear full weight on the leg (with the brace) and might be able to return to light duty sometime in the next month.
As soon as he started to bear full weight on the leg (with the brace on), the knee just fell apart, and very quickly the doctor realized that although some scar tissue had built up, it wasn't enough, so he will have to have total knee reconstruction on October 25th. Thankfully, the 2 1/2 months of therapy have gotten the knee in good shape for the surgery, in fact, the doctor said that he would not have been able to do the surgery any sooner, even if the other plan had never been an option, because they could not have operated until all of the swelling had gone away, and they had restored mobility and flexibility to the knee. But instead of returning to work sometime in November, he will not get back to work until next Spring at best. He has exhausted all of his sick, personal, & vacation time, and now in addition to loosing the income that he made working at the racetrack, he is now on half-pay from his regular job as well.
He was my primary care-giver, and now the roles have had to change, and despite my constant 8/9 pain level, I have been doing my best to take care of him, and all the responsibility that comes with a maintaining a household, children, etc.
As many of you know, I have an intrathecal pain pump, and it just so happens (as is our luck), it is time for it to be changed. The battery in it lasts about 6 years, and my time is up, so I will be having that done this Thursday in the hopes that I will heal enough to take care of my husband when he has his surgery later this month (October 25th).
I sure could use some encouragement and support, and I thank you for taking the time to read this lengthy post!