For some of you that use it, here is another link to contact and keep in touch.
I usually post some updated pics and let people know how I'm doing there also.
Really not too much to say. Great news and Bad news.
I saw all of my docs two weeks ago.
My arm surgeon said my bones are at about 98% healed. I can start to put weight through my arm. Meaning I can use crutches now. I can also start PT again and try to put some strength back in my arm. Just trying to pick up a small book is a challenge right now. I have a 2lb dumbell that feels like 45lbs. My arm has even atrophied more where you can see and feel a great deal of the plate AND screws in my forearm. I still can't fully straiten or bend my arm. He said it's just Time and PT that will tell what I'll get back in that aspect. As far as being able to rotate my wrist, I still have a long way to go on that. Still I can only rotate to where my thumb is up, from a palm flat position. This might be all I get back on that. He said, now that I can start to increase my arm strength again, a little more may slowly come back. We'll see, I'm not giving up.
My leg and foot surgeon said I still have a long way to go. I get to put weight through my leg and foot as tolerated now. I'll prob still have this chair till sometime in Feb. I'm having a problem getting my leg to fully straiten. The bone structure in my foot is different than my right side. I know they tried to put the puzzle back together the best they could. He said I'm still a on that year time line to be as close to normal as possible. He's right. Now that I've tried using the crutches, I do realize it's going to be a while for things to happen. With the strength loss and injuries to my right ankle, I only have about a 10min max that I can stay on the crutches. After that my right foot and ankle don't have anything left for me to stand on. I thought I was going to park in the handicap lot of Wal-Mart and crutch in to pick up one item. Yes, I have a "Murse" = man bag and purse, I carry with my when trying these things. It should have been a very short trip, but I ended up having to sit on a counter when a problem came up. I just didn't have any strength left.
As far as my head goes. I still have some issues. I'm still not supposed to drive. I have some test scheduled in Jan. My doc said that I have gotten better, and it will probably take more time for things to be as they were.
Ahhhhh........now for the military doc. This is where the bad news comes in. They used to give us a year from the time of injury to heal up before starting the MEB process. Now that has changed to 6 months. My 6 month mark is 9 Feb. At that time I will still be on con leave and will prob be on con leave until sometime in late May or early Jun. I will still be getting home PT and have this wheelchair, pretty much just trying to heal up. My military doc already told me what the hosp needs from all of my docs down town (which I may not be able to get) so they can start the process in Feb. They want a beginning and ending prognoses from all of my docs. I've talked with them, and they don't want to and said it's too early, to give a long term prognosis. All of them have said that after a year or a little longer has gone by, they will be able to tell what my future problems and limitations are going to be. They already know some of the things that will affect me, but at the year mark, they will be able to tell about future surgeries if I might need them.
The base docs know this to, but they have to follow the new rules. There designed to take a member and get them healed back up so they can go back to the field so they can deploy or go to remote locations. If that can't happen within the 6 months, then the member is boarded and in my case, it looks like I will be medically retired. Which everyone I have spoken to has said my chances are about slim to none staying active duty. So now I'm just making preparations for what will probably happen sometime next summer.
I've been in a little over 15 years and planned on doing 22 to 26. I'm now faced with so many decisions that I didn't plan on looking at until about 5 years down the road. Right now my future is just one big question mark. The worst thing is, I don't know what my physical abilities are going to be. For me, that effects a lot of what I was wanting to do job wise and activity wise.
But I look at like this. I've lived through some heartbreak relationships, 2 serious vehicle accidents, 2 serious motorcycle accidents and 1 sky diving incident. One vehicle accident involved an 18 wheeler (which I'll never forget), worst motorcycle (head on with a drunk), and a small crack in my pelvis from a skydive (unpredictable wind).
Sooooo, as long as no one owns a tank and tries to run over me, I'd say I can survive.
Some people say I have a good guardian angle. If I do, I think he or she is a practical jokester like me. Just there to watch and say to the others.................watch this..................It's going to funny cause I'm gonna let him live.
As you can see in the pics I'm letting it grow out a little. Trying to see what my civi look is going to be.
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