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In 1996, Pat, Sue and Stephanie were in a car accident on the way to visit Carrie in Colorado for Thanksgiving. Sue's injuries were the most severe, shattering her ankle, breaking the tibia and fibula in her lower leg, and a bone in her forearm. All needed surgery, and all ended up with pins or plates. Three years later, Sue had surgery to receive one of the first ankle replacements in the state of Wisconsin.
Fast forward to 2019, that artificial ankle joint is 20 years old and starting to fail. Technology has improved and medical protocols have changed in the intervening years, but RE-replacing (a revision, it's called) is no walk in the park. She was referred by her local doctor to a specialist in the Chicago area and surgery is scheduled for Nov 20.
The surgery will be done at a Chicago area hospital and she'll stay 2-3 nights in the hospital. After the surgery, she is required to stay close to the hospital for 2.5 weeks, to attend daily appointments checking on her progress and starting physical therapy. She'll stay in a local hotel with Carrie, who is flying in from Denver for two weeks, and her sister Sally for the remaining days. Stephanie will stay with Pat in DeForest.
Please check back here for updates to her progress and if you're inclined to visit, you will be very welcome.