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Awww Kim, I’m so sorry to hear you have been in such pain from the infection.  I have been thinking about you and wanted to check in to see how you are doing.  Sending you this fun over/under photo from French Polynesia, taken with the TG-5 fisheye lens (bought on your recommendation, of course!), in hopes to bring you a smile!

 

 

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Hi Kim,

 

I just had a 2 day binge on your last 2 reviews, which btw I have loved reading them all over the years.  You have been so helpful to us ,  we have taken your advice and have been so happy that we took your lead.  

 

I am so very sad to hear about your illness and also this unfortunate accident!  I hope that you are coming along well in your recovery, it sounds like it will be somewhat of a long road to recovery, but hang in there, you have so many people pulling for you!!

 

Just to give you something to look forward to...Not sure if you knew, but the Oasis is coming to Bayonne.  We are neighboring states with you, we are just north of Pittsburgh and it's great to drive to port, especially for this ship and I know you have been wanting to do as Oasis Class ship.  We are doing our cruise  October 18th of 2020 and they have pretty decent rates for that sailing.  Actually we are sort of doing a B@B but on 2 different ships.  The first leg will be on the Adventure going to Canada/New England (which we have never done, but thought we would change it up a little), then there will be one day between then hopping  on the Oasis.  We aren't really crazy about the itinerary, but it is going to CocoCay, which we have been anxious to go there, but really I am just more anxious for the ship, (aqua, ice & Broadway shows).  I think you will love it when you do get the chance to try it.

 

We, like you had mentioned, are just using up our credit through NCL in January on the Bliss, then will be headed back to our favorite cruise line, (RCCL).  We are hoping we have a better experience on the Bliss, last year on the Escape was a disaster for us, (hence the credit)!

 

Please keep us all updated on your recovery, you are sort of like our cruise family!  Hoping that someday, we actually have the chance to be on the same cruise as you!!

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Kim, I just hopped on CC to see if there were any updates/how you were doing.  As others have said, you have been a BIG help to us all for ideas and for a great read to get us through the cruise withdrawals.  I was glad to hear the surgery went well and that there wasn't as much infection as they had originally thought.  So glad you got to go home too, that DOES get expensive.  I'll continue to send some good vibes and juju your way, not only for healing but the whole comp thing w/your employer.  Time for this "nasty weather" (raining/pouring, tornadoes, and tsunamis) to move on or clear up...so good vibes/juju heading your way for fair skies and smooth seas. 

Holly

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Hi Kim, been following along on many of your cruise reviews including this one. Sending prayers for healing for you. I know you will get through this and glad that your recent surgery was successful. Hang in there girl.

Judy

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Hope you’re still recovering at home and that the pain is well managed.   Keep the updates coming!!!

 

In solidarity with you, I fell last Saturday (in a crowded restaurant) and fractured the greater tuberosity of my humerus.   I didn’t get any pictures of me on the floor as the EMTs were there extremely fast, but I have an ER shot.   More importantly, here is Callie, a pregnant dolphin we met in Roatan on our Panama Canal Cruise.  (Taken with my iPhone...can’t complete with the amazing photos you and the rest of the gang are posting.). 
 

Best wishes to you for progress.  

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Mitsu~Kim...

Just a quick post to let you know I  have followed your reviews for the last several years...

I actually haven't cruised for the last 4 years (after 14 years of cruising) & didn't really miss it  until I read your Carnival Horizon review & kinda got the bug again...then I found your Breakaway review & began another adventure!!   & what an adventure it has been!   like a movie that has flashbacks, to keep you invested in the drama...only this is REAL life!

Whew!  just to let you know, you have touched many lives whether they let you know or not...girl, hang in there!  you have a great family dynamic & they love & support you!  I hope your recovery is swift from here on out...

'time & unexpected events befall us all'

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@deladane Love the over under picture! I’m sure Kim will, too. 

 

@TPgal Sorry to hear about your broken arm. Hope it heals quickly and with no setbacks. Your dolphin picture may have been taken with your cell phone, but it’s still a really cute dolphin picture. Kim will be smiling again at this one. 

 

@mitsugirly Hope you’re still at home with way less pain and moving along with your recovery. Sending more positive vibes your way. 

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Hi Kim.  Hope you're home and feeling better than you did last week.  Looking forward to the day when you are pain free and planning your next adventure!

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Hi Kim

I hope you are feeling better & home now.  It's been several days since your update. 

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Happy October 1st...

AKA - International Day of Older Persons...

Hoping the surgery was successful & you are feeling better after the removal of the infection!!!

Thinking of you & sending a little wave from Alaska...

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11 hours ago, JoeTec said:

Hi Kim

I hope you are feeling better & home now.  It's been several days since your update. 

Last update was Thursday at 9:33 am. Is anyone who is also silently following concerned?  I sure am. Praying all is ok with you Kim. Please try to let us all know who are praying for you daily. 

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15 minutes ago, lovemycruisetoo said:

Last update was Thursday at 9:33 am. Is anyone who is also silently following concerned?  I sure am. Praying all is ok with you Kim. Please try to let us all know who are praying for you daily. 

Yes, I’m a silent follower.  She knows she has a support system here and for her not to update has me very worried about her.   She has been in my thoughts and nightly prayers.  

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Hi Kim

Checking In to see how you are doing.  I am hoping your pain meds are working and letting you rest.  

Thoughts and Prayers

Linda

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Hi sorry I haven’t updated since my surgery on Thursday. I was waiting for my doctor appointment tomorrow...we’ll since it’s after midnight I guess it’s today. They will remove the dressing and I assume the stitches and I can see what it looks like. 

 

Im hanging in there. Sorry if I startled anyone. I just wanted to have more to report when I made an official post. I turned off my notifications on my phone so that I could attempt to sleep without hearing them go off and completely forgot to turn them back on until now and seen there were a lot of posts. Sorry about that. 

 

I’ll report more later today (Wednesday)

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Posted (edited)

Hope your doctor’s appointment later today goes well. It’s about time for you to get some good news. Glad you’re hanging in there.

Edited by perfect match

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I thought of you today while I was pumping gas and saw the guy next to me JUMP over the fuel nozzle. I wanted to yell out that, that’s how you break your leg and foot but I didn’t. I’m so sorry to hear about the infection. Just from reading your posts I can tell that you are a positive and upbeat person. I hope you are trying to keep busy and keep your mind active. If you want an email pen pal I would love to email you. I have a pretty normal and sometimes boring life but it’s still fun. 

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6 hours ago, mitsugirly said:

Hi sorry I haven’t updated since my surgery on Thursday. I was waiting for my doctor appointment tomorrow...we’ll since it’s after midnight I guess it’s today. They will remove the dressing and I assume the stitches and I can see what it looks like. 

 

Im hanging in there. Sorry if I startled anyone. I just wanted to have more to report when I made an official post. I turned off my notifications on my phone so that I could attempt to sleep without hearing them go off and completely forgot to turn them back on until now and seen there were a lot of posts. Sorry about that. 

 

I’ll report more later today (Wednesday)

Hope the news is good new. 

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We will be patient and let you get some rest and all healed up ! Hoping for good news today !!  

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Prayers for you Kim. And a lot of hugs for Sakari and your family.

You KNOW you will beat this!

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Posted (edited)

It's a balmy 90+ degree day outside and Sakari's school has been cancelled twice this week due to the high temps so what better time to kick her off of my computer and give an update right? 🤣

 

 

Alrighty...so here we go.

 

After last Thursdays surgery, I decided to spend "most" of my time laying in bed to keep the swelling down to a minimum. This works out well...until I have to get up to go potty or eat or whatever...then I instantly swell up like a balloon. The only option is to stay laying in bed. Swelling increases the pain...and the pain is bad. However, reduce pain = I'm going insane. I'm mentally and emotionally drained at this point.

 

Like they said, 24-48 hours after the surgery is the worse...and it was. The pain was bad, the swelling was bad, but I mentally talked my way through it and I have watched almost every tv series and movie known to man now (Netflix and our neighbors personal server with Plex). Coming from someone who never watches tv....this has been painful in itself. I'm bored out of my skull and some days I just open the blinds and stare outside...hoping for any action at all...the most action has consisted of a few birds, deer, and a fox. 

 

Fast forward to a few days after surgery....just when you think no more could be thrown at me...I develop a yeast infection from all the antibiotics I've been on. 🙄 I had to wait until Monday to call the ortho office to ask them to call me in a prescription of Fluconazole.

 

So today was my ortho follow up. They removed the dressing to reveal a rather icky looking sutured wound that appears like if they cut the blackened dead area off and a slight hole remains now. I guess the positive of this all is I'm now seeing ONLY the ortho surgeon instead of his PA since all of this infection part has started...which I let him know how I had made that one emergency appointment because of the increased pain, swelling, redness and PUS coming out of my wound the week before I seen him and expressed my concerns with the PA and she did nothing about it and possibly could have prevented all this had she did the blood work and put me on antibiotics at that point. I guess that sunk into his head and he's been the one seeing me since then...even if an emergency appointment (which is usually given to the PA).

 

The ortho doctor said that he did not find a pus pocket during surgery, which is a good thing, but did remove what pus he did see under the surface. He also stated that sometimes the bacteria can adhere itself to the hardware, which was his concern. He didn't see anything to alarm him and it looks like the antibiotics are working. He told me the type of bacteria strand I had from the tissue sample they took, and for the life of me, I couldn't remember the name of it 5 minutes after he told me, but I know it started with a M and I know he said Staphylococcus aureus and can only come to the conclusion that what he said was Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, otherwise known as MRSA! Had he just said MRSA, I would have known and that would have stuck with me because I'm accustomed to hearing it called that instead. But, he said since the combination of Bactrium and Cipro seems to be working, he will keep me on those in hopes of continued improvement (instead of switching up the antibiotics or doing a PICC line with IV antibiotics). Needless to say, I'm good with that at this time.

 

He said my stitches would remain in until next week (my 8 week appointment) he would remove them and he still insists that I will start PT next week with applying pressure to learn to walk again. I expressed my concerns about trying to walk on a foot that is so swollen that I can't put my foot flat on the ground because it is not only swollen on the top, but also on the bottom and pushing up against my toes. This is very painful and the thought of putting my foot down and applying pressure...I'm pretty sure it will be equivalent to someone sticking a needle in a water balloon and popping it. LOL  I also told him about my continued non-stop numbness and tingling. It doesn't stop....like ever. It's not numb that I can't feel it (no, that would be too easy for me) it's the constant needles being jabbed into your foot, tingling sensation you get when your foot has fallen asleep and you "wake it up" feeling. I mean could you walk on that? He says the continued swelling is, of course, caused by the blood clots blocking the flow, which I know, and it's going to be a long process of recovery with me, but I will get there. He mentioned the possibility of sending me to a vascular specialist (which I wanted to begin with but this whole insurance thing prevented it) and seeing if there is a possibility of nerve damage (which he doesn't believe because he was no where near the nerves during surgery-explaining where they are located versus where the surgery was).

 

Physical Therapy: He wants me to start applying pressure (in my boot of course), improving my range of motion, and moving around a lot more. I do understand that moving around increases circulation and promotes healing quicker, I just don't know how it's going to apply to someone like me...who isn't your "normal" recovering patient with the blood clots, swelling, and numbness. None-the-less, he wrote an order for PT 2x weekly starting next week. We'll see how this goes. He upped my mg of Gabapentin in order to "reduce" my "dependence" of Norco. First off, I will never get addicted to any type of meds like that..I absolutely hate them. Second of all, I ONLY take them when I just can't stand it anymore and the Gabapentin isn't helping. Third...does he not realize that you can become addicted to Gabapentin just like an Opioid and to tell you the truth, the Gabapentin makes me high as a kite.

 

So, that's pretty much what I have to report on now. My next appointment will be next Wednesday and I'll report back after that visit.

 

Here's some updated pics for your viewing pleasure. 😆

 

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Meanwhile....the other side is looking good.

 

 

 

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Note to self: NEVER step over the gas hose again.

 

Sure hope everything heals up nice for you.  You'll probably need another foot tattoo over that scarring :classic_biggrin:

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Those photos look horrendous.  Thank you for the update but I’m so sorry you’re going through all this.  

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My goodness.  What a roller coaster!  I do hope you get some sort of relief, and QUICK!

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