Friday, July 31, 2009

The ER and seven years of bad luck!

So yesterday on my way to the bathroom I got a little dizzy and fell over, almost. my fall was stopped by a full length mirror we have on our wall. I was ok, unfortunately the mirror wasn't. It broke into lots of little pieces. I cut my shoulder a little but nothing serious. Stephen cleaned it up and we wen on our way to the bathroom. While in the bathroom, I felt some glass in my cast, oh great. I was just going to leave it in there and hope it fell out.

Meanwhile, I had been having a lot of extra leg pain in my calf and shin in the last two days. I told this to my nurse case manager and she told me to go to the ER right away because it could possibly be a blood clot, I then told her rather sheepishly about the glass in my cast. She said that they should be able to take care of it at the ER as well.

Well, I'm happy to report that After a ultrasound of my leg and a CT scan of my heart, I don't have any blood clots but unfortunately the glass may or may not still be in my cast. Just another exciting day at the McCuen home. But, hey atleast I got to go outside.

Oh, and P.S. It took me another 1/2 an hour to get up our stairs:0)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Laying Around

So there's not much to say. I'm still recovering. It still takes 5 minutes to walk a few feet to the bathroom and I'm still exhausted when I'm done. My parents came this last weekend and it was really fun to have them around. It was great to have my mommy take care of me, not that Stephen's not doing an amazing job, but there's just something about your mom that makes everything better. Thanks for taking care of me mommy!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Itchy Ankle

So when they operated on my ankle they injected some pain blockers so my ankle wouldn't hurt so much the first day or so after the surgery. Well, the pain blocker have worn off and let me tell you, OUCH! But as long as I keep it elevated, iced and I take some nice narcotics I'm fine, a little loopy but ok. One of the downsides to narcotics is that it makes me super itchy! Mostly it's not too bad because scratching the itches isn't hard, except the itches in my cast! AAAHHH! It's driving me crazy! I'm not supposed to stick anything down there because it could cause infection and I can't hit the cast because it could cause bleeding so mostly I just pretend to scratch the itches but that doesn't really work. What to do, what to do? Any suggestions?

Thursday, July 23, 2009


So finally all the planets aligned and Heavenly Father decided I'd gone through enough because the surgery I've been waiting for for the past FIVE months was finally approved! I actually had the surgery yesterday. It went really well. For those of you who are unaware, last August I fell off a ladder at work and messed up my ankle. At first the doctors thought I had just sprained my ankle but it never healed. An MRI of my foot showed nothing. When we moved to Utah and I got a new doctor he ordered another MRI but this time of my ankle. This MRI showed a tear to a tendon in my ankle it The doctor recommended surgery but the insurance company didn't agree. Five months later we were still fighting the insurance company. All the while the rest of my body has been deteriorating, my hip joint is swollen and my stomach my have an ulcer. Two weeks ago my amazing husband called to plead my case again with the adjuster. He explained all the other medical problems that have resulted because of my ankle problem. She still didn't approve the surgery and Stephen hung up with her feeling discouraged, but she called back a few minutes later and told him it was approved!! Apparently her supervisor had overheard their conversation and told my adjuster to just approve the surgery because it had been long enough.

After that everything just fell into place. The doctor had an opening the next week for surgery and that's how I found myself in surgery yesterday. They fixed the tear and actually found out why I wasn't healing. Apparently there was some muscle that had grown down my tendon and it was pulling the tear apart so it couldn't heal. SO I DID NEED SURGERY!!

BOO on the insurance company! It does feeling great to be vindicated!! Anyway, now the healing process can begin. I'm not allowed out of bed for 4 days except to the bathroom. After that no weight baring for 6 weeks. It'll be oh so fun but at least I'm moving toward recovery:)

Yesterday when we got home from the surgical center it took almost 30 minutes to get me up to our apartment. It was pretty funny I had to go up the stairs on my bum. Oh boy! Anyway thanks everyone for your prayers and your well wishes. I'll update you all later.