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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Of butter and gems five years later

Five years ago, I posted an article following my thyroid cancer surgery   (http://www.iwritemyworld.com/2010/07/of-butter-and-gems.html). My brother, Jim, had prepared the most delicious no-iodine-diet meals in preparation for my radiation treatment.

This year, he's repeating history. I'm scheduled for ankle-fusion surgery on August 6. Afterwards, I will be unable to put weight on my foot for about three months while the leg and foot bones fuse.

My gem of a brother, Jim, is already preparing and freezing all kinds of delectable meals! I know there are easier ways to enjoy his marvelous cooking but I am so thankful he volunteers
when I need him.
An ankle fusion

If you're unfamiliar with ankle fusion, the doctor cleans out any remnants of the ankle and cartilage, then fuses the leg bone to the foot bone, securing it with screws. It takes about three months before the bone can bear weight, then up to a year for the fusion to become strong. It's a long haul, but the benefit is no more ankle pain from severe arthritis. It hasn't helped that I've been a klutz all my life and sprained my ankle numerous times.

Knee scooter, my new mode of transportation
I've spent the last several weeks trying to imagine an ankle that doesn't bend, but after next Thursday, I simply have to strengthen that bone. I'm convinced my imagination has made it worse than it will be. I'm eager to get back to my normal lifestyle.

In the meantime, my recovery will be filled with delicious dinners, courtesy of Jim. I am blessed with two brothers - neither of whom are quite as eccentric as me - and I think I'll keep them.

I'll also be in good hands with my physical therapy advice from my daughter-in-law, Michele. She recommended my doctor and has recommendations for post-surgery.

Come to think of it, I have many gems in my family!

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