Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Sit n Spin

Remember when I had other interests besides my dad's medical... uniqueness?

Yeah. Me too.

My step-mother finally called my dad's twin brother, who lives just 20 minutes from the Charlotte, NC hospital where my dad is now hanging around knee-less. My dad's twin came and took care of my dad while my step-mother took a break. While the twin was there, the doctor stopped by and explained the treatment plan, which is:

1) Dad goes knee-less for about 6 weeks.

2) If the tissue looks good (it does right now, so they are hopeful) then a new knee goes in.

3) Meantime, my dad hobbles around with a walker, with his knee-less leg in a cast.

The orthopedist knows about leukemia, but he is not interested in it. As long as my dad's blood work behaves the same as any other person's blood work would behave, the orthopedist remains focused on the knee only. I did find out from my uncle that my dad's knee was black and necrotic by the time he reached Charlotte on Wednesday, and that after the surgery, the tissue recovered beautifully.

And that's all I know.

See you tomorrow.


Avitable said...

I'm glad that the tissue is recovering well!

Annie said...

It all sounds so weird, or is it just me? God speed to your dad and his new knee!

Kate P said...

Here's hoping and praying those six weeks go by quickly and safely for Dad!

LizB said...

Weird, but pretty cool that it's even possible. Thanks for the update; still drinking and praying.

Catherine said...

Tissue recovering beautifully - man, that is a good, good thing. I have a lot of hope and a good hunch about things staying well and a new knee installation happening without a hitch.

Boo yah and all sorts of other kudos to the non-punk who can't be bothered about the leukemia. It isn't making an issue out of itself, he's taking that for what it is. Good on him.

Julie said...

This is great news. I'm so glad your dad is healing up well.

Jennifer said...

i'm glad that things are looking up. 6 wks doesn't seem so long but to be w/o a knee, in a hot & itchy cast and using a walker, then it sounds like 6 months... i hope it goes fast for him, and that he continues to do well. :)

thoughts and prayers coming your way!


sybil law said...

That is so awesome! I wish him well...
On a weird sidenote, did you know that babies are born without kneecaps?! It's true! They start growing but aren't fully developed for years! That used to gross me out. Haha

Finn said...

Every time I read the word "kneeless" I shudder. It's just weird.

But glad things re going well!

Dagny said...

I'm glad that things are going ok.