My Osteoarthritis (Blog 4)

At the age of 5, I was hit by a car outside my home in Kaneohe Hawaii.  At the age of 17 I was diagnosed with trauma induced osteoarthritis and was told that by age 25 I would have to fuse the foot.  I pushed through (I am now 49) without having to do the fusion, by staying fit (somewhat) and semi regular chiropractic adjustments.

Cliff Notes on this story:

The accident happened while playing “chase master” (tag) with my friends, and I did not want to be “it”.  I ran into the road without looking both ways.  The car hit me head on and knocked me down, all I can remember is the silver chrome front fender.   My right foot was stuck under the tire as they slammed on the breaks, dragging my foot between the street and tire for about 10 feet. This left nothing but an attached achilles tendon, broken bones and severed tendons… My neighbor (Uncle Mike) ran outside and was able to perform CPR which started my heart back up and kept me going untll the ambulance came.  I am forever grateful for him saving my life.

My parents were sailing in between islands and unable to be in the hospital for the initial surgery.  They had to be called on a CB radio to give permission to operate, and it was crucial that the surgery was done quickly after the accident.  I must also add that the accident was a hit and run, although the driver eventually stopped a block away.  I was in the hospital for 3 months as they rebuilt my foot/ankle and taught me how to walk again.

I have been living with chronic pain for many years now.  This year as I am facing my 50th birthday, I am lucky to have the option to be pain free and have mobility once again.  I have dragged this foot along with me for 44 years and am thankful for what I have been able to do. I have the option now to get a new life by getting a new foot and I am going for it. One that will take away the pain (minus the ghost pain), enable me to walk where and how long I want to and even run.  I am looking forward to even the smallest things, like to be able to walk or maneuver around the house for menial chores without having to be drugged up at night to ease the pain that walking has caused.

           

I have done a lot of travelling and never complained.  This winter I will undergo a very serious but necessary surgery.  Below the knee amputation. It will not be easy.  It will be a long and hard recovery. There are chances of complications.  But… I am ready.  I have and am doing everything I can to get my body and mind ready for this adventure.

  • Working with a trainer to work specific muscles and body movements that will be required in my future.
  • Attending acupuncture appointments to keep body energy flowing.
  • Working with a Holistic Nutritionist (Jessie Deek RHN) to get in a healthy eating routine.
  • Working with a Naturopath (Dr. Guy) to ensure my body is naturally firing on all 4 cylinders before and after the surgery, including Vitamin IV treatments.
  • Working with a Life Coach (Catherine Hull) to ensure I have goals and plans to look forward to especially during the hard times.
  • Chosen the best Orthopedic surgeon in Canada 🙂 (Dr. Lalonde), head of the orthopedic department at the Ottawa General Hospital.
  • Met with Rehab specialist (Dr. Dudek) to ensure my body is a good candidate for the surgery and the prosthetic foot to come, and to let her know my goals so that she can plan the approperite rehabilitation physio program after the surgery and wound healing.
  • Reading and researching along with looking at the Pros and Cons.  My favourite blog to date is “Life Beyond 4 Limbs“.  Amazing story and attitude of the author.

So my story now restarts HERE!