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No more surgeries??

Postby Hikin Mike » Tue Apr 01, 2008 4:34 pm

Most of you know about what I've been dealing with since late 2004. Last Friday (3-28-08) I went back to Stanford to remove my left knee, straighten and fuse it (Arthrodesis)...just like the right one. Surgery went well and I got home Monday. I'm not able to walk with the left leg yet, but my right leg is 100% usable now. I've been walking with a walker these last few days, only 10-30 feet, but it's a start.

Next Thursday I get the staples removed and they re-cast the leg to completely heal. After that I'm sure there will be some therapy and trying to re-learn how to walk again, but his time without bending my knees.

It's been a long journey for sure and I know it will continue. I just want to thank everybody for the cards, phone calls, e-mails and prayers these last few years. I big "thanks" to my wife...just for putting up with my these last few years!

One more thing...I turn 43 tomorrow and I don't have to be in the hospital this time!

Thanks for listening... :D



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Re: No more surgeries??

Postby The Other Tom » Tue Apr 01, 2008 5:44 pm

Whohoo !! Hang in there, big guy. Looking forward to seeing those trail reports again.
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Re: No more surgeries??

Postby hikerduane » Tue Apr 01, 2008 7:04 pm

Hikin Mikenstein? Will you have to sit down to reach stuff? I hope all is well.
Piece of cake.
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Re: No more surgeries??

Postby Snow Nymph » Tue Apr 01, 2008 9:03 pm

Congratulations! Hope this works! And Happy Birthday! :birthday :clapper
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free . . . . Jim Morrison


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Re: No more surgeries??

Postby Hikin Mike » Tue Apr 01, 2008 9:18 pm

hikerduane wrote:Hikin Mikenstein? Will you have to sit down to reach stuff? I hope all is well.


No. I should be able to reach stuff on the ground (bend at the waist), or ask someone to get it for me. Sitting from a standing position from the floor will be impossible for me, unless I just fall down!

Thanks everybody! :D
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Re: No more surgeries??

Postby ERIC » Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:39 pm

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Re: No more surgeries??

Postby mountaineer » Wed Apr 02, 2008 2:32 pm

Happy Birthday Mike!!!!!

You are an inspiration, that's for sure!
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Re: No more surgeries??

Postby copeg » Wed Apr 02, 2008 4:16 pm

Congrats Mike! And happy b-day :birthday
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Re: No more surgeries??

Postby BSquared » Fri Apr 04, 2008 2:19 pm

Great to hear! =D>
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