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Posted 2013-03-07T01:11:48Z

6 March 3013

Surgery went well. Jim was in recovery for quit some time while a nerve test was conducted, a pain block put in, and cast was put on. The surgeons were not able to get his knee totally straight but only about 5-10 degrees off so a lot closer than it was prior to surgery. They did a lot of cutting and had to cut a tendon in order to get to those degrees so pain management will be high priority for the next several weeks. Also physical therapy and a special brace to force the leg straight after the cast so that it doesn’t revert back to flexion contracture. We expect Jim to come home Friday or Saturday depending on pain management. We had a picture to post above but this site is giving us some problems so will try posting it on the photos tab.[...]

Posted 2013-01-03T19:46:36Z

3 Jan 2013 Home Again

Jim is back at home again. Now the fun begins with outpatient Physical Therapy first thing tomorrow morning. Insurance would not approve inpatient rehab as the surgeons wanted nor would they approve in home therapy for a few days. Disappointed with Tricare to say the least.[...]

Posted 2012-12-26T21:01:47Z

Out of Surgery, Into Recovery Room

Jim is out of surgery. All went well. They removed one screw that was in the way and pushed another to make room. Couldn't remove more because his hip hasn't totally healed yet. The surgeon handed me a jar with the one screw because Jim said he wanted a souvenir if the opportunity arose. He may have a little collection after his knee surgery next yr.[...]

Posted 2012-12-26T17:58:59Z

Total Hip Replacement Surgery, 26 Dec 2012

We arrived at Balboa Hospital at 5:30 this morning for Jim’s surgery. He was very nervous about going in for this surgery. He was hoping they would give him an IV cocktail before doing the epidural but no such luck. He has several Drs working together for this surgery; 2 Orthopedic and 2 Trauma Surgeons, plus 1 Orthopedic Resident and 2 nurses assisting. They took him into surgery at 7:30 and started the procedure around 9am. Please keep Jim and the dr’s in your prayers today.[...]

Posted 2012-12-14T16:34:00Z

14 Dec 2012

Good Morning.

I took Jim to Balboa Hospital yesterday for pr- op workups for a surgery that was scheduled for Monday. Yes I said was. Since Balboa was not previously involved in Jim’s medical issues they were not fully aware of the complications. Jim spent the night and met with the Drs early this morning. The surgery is postponed until 26 Dec in order for them to bring in specialist and obtain the medical devices required for the hip replacement. Since Jim’s hip isn’t fully healed the surgeons have to work around all those screws and plates in order to get the replacement where it needs to be without further damaging the hip itself. It would be a simpler procedure if his hip was fully healed and they could remove the hardware from the previous surgery. Some screws and plates will need to be cut but still secured to allow stability of the hip. Since Jim can’t extend his knee due to those injuries further complicates the hip recuperation process.[...]

Posted 2012-12-12T23:57:31Z

Jim's post on 12/12/12

Boy perserverance is my middle name. Doctors, Doctors office schedulers, and insurance companies. I received a phone call today from a doctor who performs orthopedic surgery at Blaboa Naval hospital in San Diego.[...]

Posted 2012-12-02T15:10:56Z

Dec 2, 2012

We received bad news last week, Jim’s hip is dislocated again. We are working insurance issues and waiting for a surgery date which should be within the next couple weeks. He will have a full hip replacement and build up of the hip. The surgeon said he will probably have surgery on his knee sometime after the hip and may need knee replacement as well.[...]