Journal entry by Theresa Jensen

I haven't updated in a while because we have been in sort of a holding pattern.  George has been working hard at Bryn Mawr, trying to regain mobility.  He has been hampered by his left knee, though.  He has been building bone in the knee where it should not grow, causing the knee to be immobile, which would not allow him to walk or bear weight on the knee.  
Today, I went with him to the orthopedist, and we got some mixed news.  First, his doctor thinks it's a good idea to do surgery on his knee to remove the bone to get George more mobility.  He'll have radiation afterward to prevent the bone from growing back. That's good news, because it will get him up and walking.   Also, we found out that his MCL is completely torn - bad news.    He will need surgery at a later date to fix that, and he'll have a hinged knee brace to keep his knee stable in the meantime.
What is really troublesome is what is happening with George's left arm.  He doesn't have any use of his bicep, and we've been told that we just have to wait and see if his nerves regenerate. However, that may not be the case. Today, I mentioned to the orthopedist that George had an egg-sized lump on his left upper arm after the surgery to repair his arm. The doctor immediately realized that something had happened to his bicep, and he thinks it may have been severed somehow.  This doctor is NOT the one who treated his arm.  He is the one who repaired his leg after the infection.    We are waiting to see if it can be repaired and what that will entail.  I brought that lump to the attention of many medical professionals dating back to George's initial time in Christiana.  I am shocked that none of them investigated further.  So, we will have to see what happens next.

George is tentatively scheduled for surgery on the 20th of November.  I'll update as preoperative testing is completed and we know more about the nature of the surgery.

Thank you to all who have sent George packages and cards.  He really enjoyed the Jacob's package!  Thank you Peter, Carol and the boys.  He loved the card from Sue's daughter, too, and the candy from Nina.  If I'm forgetting anyone, please know that George is not, and he is beyond grateful that people are still reaching out to him.  The hospital can be very lonely and boring, and your calls, texts, cards,  and packages make life better for him.  

Thank you to all of those who have helped Connor and me with dinners.  You have no idea how wonderful it is to not have to worry about that after a long day of work, soccer, and insurance negotiation. By the way, George's work decided to switch insurance companies.  You can probably imagine how fun it has been to negotiate that process.   We so appreciate your generosity.  

Please, please keep praying, especially for that left arm.  It would have been much better had someone listened to me and investigated earlier.  Please pray for those who may be able to repair his arm, and please offer prayers of thanks for Dr. Q. who will operate to get him more mobility in his knee.
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