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Let's be done with this already!
Today I went in for my final follow-up. First, i got my hardware back! It's cool and weird...haven't figured out what I'm gonna do with it yet... Then we looked at my x-rays...below is a before (left) and after (right) the hardware removal: As you can see, ...
Today I went in for my final follow-up. First, i got my hardware back! It's cool and weird...haven't figured out what I'm gonna do with it yet... Then we looked at my x-rays...below is a before (left) and after (right) t...
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mini-breakdown
I had a little breakdown last night.  See, when you have hardware removal surgery on your ankle - there are a few things you hear over and over: "it's nothing like the last one" and "recovery for this one is really easy" and "you'll be fine." This is great,...
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week 1 checkup
Today is 6 days post-op, so I went back to superhero (Dr.) Gellman for him to take a look at what I've got going on... I told him that around my incision was really tight, and he said scar tissue has a difficult time recovering, and just to keep moving my a...
Today is 6 days post-op, so I went back to superhero (Dr.) Gellman for him to take a look at what I've got going on... I told him that around my incision was really tight, and he said scar tissue has a difficult time recove...
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ankle hardware removal surgery: part 2
Continued from part 1 Waking Up: As if no time had passed, I was waking up in the wake-up room. My throat didn't feel sore at all like last time and I remember asking the nurse if they used the throat tube to help me breathe again. I have no idea how she re...
Continued from part 1 Waking Up: As if no time had passed, I was waking up in the wake-up room. My throat didn't feel sore at all like last time and I remember asking the nurse if they used the throat tube to help me breathe ...
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one week left...
Guys...this time next week my ankle will be virtually hardwareless. I say VIRTUALLY because 1 screw and 1 plate are still staying in (unless right before surgery Dr. Gellman suddenly changes his mind, which I plan to try and influence). Yes, I would like to...
Guys...this time next week my ankle will be virtually hardwareless. I say VIRTUALLY because 1 screw and 1 plate are still staying in (unless right before surgery Dr. Gellman suddenly changes his mind, which I plan to try and ...
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Scar Massage: The Horror/The Brilliance
Let me start by saying: Ashley Mueller is the best massage massage therapist in Portland, Oregon. Maybe the best in the country...I've tried my fair share. I've been seeing Ashley since a few months after my first surgery - so like, late summer early fall o...
Let me start by saying: Ashley Mueller is the best massage massage therapist in Portland, Oregon. Maybe the best in the country...I've tried my fair share. I've been seeing Ashley since a few months after my first surgery - s...
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ooooh the paranoia
I've gotta say...one of the worst parts about getting surgery is the paranoia that comes with recovery. In my case, the thing I'm most afraid of - now and after the first surgery - is a blood clot. Soooo one begins to Google.  This is obviously the worst po...
I've gotta say...one of the worst parts about getting surgery is the paranoia that comes with recovery. In my case, the thing I'm most afraid of - now and after the first surgery - is a blood clot. Soooo one begins to Google...
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hardware removal recovery day 2
Just a little video check-in...
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ankle hardware removal surgery: part 1
I don't even know how to start this post... I'm really really happy. Last night I was up for like 4 hours, between 1-5am, just feeling happy that I'm finally at the beginning of the end of this thing. SO! HERE WE GO (This is kind of long, so I've broken it ...
I don't even know how to start this post... I'm really really happy. Last night I was up for like 4 hours, between 1-5am, just feeling happy that I'm finally at the beginning of the end of this thing. SO! HERE WE GO (This i...
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