Derek Luke's Journal
Today is a good day
Written Apr 18, 2013 1:56pm
As of today, Derek is now using crutches, no more wheelchair. He had is appointment with his Ortho surgeon and he said he is completely healed. He has full weight bearing on his left leg and 50% on his right for the time being.
He also so his facial surgeon today, braces and bands are gone. Next appointment in late May. His last "minor" facial surgery mid to late June.
External fixator off
Written Apr 12, 2013 12:44pm
Derek had outpatient surgery, took about 15 minutes, to get the external fixtor off of his pelvis. He has still been given the direction that he cannot walk yet. We are hoping that they will gradually start him putting light weight on it during his Physical Therapy visits, but we are not sure.
He still has the bars and bands in his mouth which restricts him to a full liquid diet.
Derek had his first outing yesterday, birthday gift from his sister, Casey, Bob Seger tickets. He had a really nice time.
Derek's Birthday tomorrow
Written Apr 5, 2013 2:53pm
Derek will be 29 years old tomorrow. Please wish him well. His pain has subsided in his jaw so he should be able to enjoy it "somewhat"?
Derek had his appointment with the facial surgeon this afternoon. During last weeks appointment they cut the wires so his jaw was not wired shut, but kept on the metal bridges and bands. We thought they were taking off the bridges and bands today but they are leaving them on for two more weeks. Dr. Rontal said the jaw is lining up well. This means 2 more weeks of a liquid diet.
Dr. Rontal is going to work with the orthopedic surgeon. He is not sure if they will put him under to take off the external fixator if he still has the bridges and bands on his jaw. We should find that out soon. The pelvis has healed and the fixator can come off anytime.
Please keep the prayers and well wishes coming