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3/12/2017 Latest post:
So here’s the backstory to our current saga. As you may know Tex had a Total Ankle Replacement (TAR) on her right ankle in May 2015. At that time we had no idea how difficult the recovery would be. We knew the immediate recovery required six weeks non-weightbearing “toes above the nose.” But we didn’t realize how hard this would be on both of us. After that surgery Tex experienced an extreme adverse reaction to the pain medication which did little to mediate the pain and added a great deal of misery. We are working closely with her providers to ensure a safe and comfortable recovery and are very hopeful that we can avoid that unnecessary burden this time around.
At the time of the right TAR the left was also in need of this procedure due to rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and previous injuries, but the right had an extra special pain so it got to go first. A year out from that surgery the ankle pain wasn’t good enough for Tex to consider going through the recovery process again. But miraculously, about 18 months out she was starting to feel good enough on the right ankle to consider it worth it. In the meantime the left ankle was angry to be left out (and getting used more while the right took a break) and has been very vocal in its dissatisfaction. So here we are almost two years later facing down the dragon again. This time we know more about what we need in the way of help. So, on the advice of a friend, here we are on Caring Bridge letting our friends know that we might need them to help get through this ordeal intact.
We need personal support in the way of the occasional meal, care-giving to give Marcy a break, maybe some choirs or errands. Check out the Journal, where Marcy will keep you up to date on how things are going; the Gallery to see Tex on drugs; and Ways to Help to see calendars for both activities and meal support opportunities. You can ALWAYS call Marcy to check in on her wellbeing and support her through this ordeal. We are not setting up GoFundMe. Although Tex is approved for Shared Leave through her employer so if you work for WA state and have a few sick or annual leave hours you can throw her way that would be really appreciated.
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