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Offline furnerman

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Another accident
« on: February 26, 2007, 04:14:19 AM »
I work as a Police Officer in a small town in West Virginia. On Friday the 10th at 12:30am in the morning 2007 , I was in route to a call and a drunk driver hit me head on totalling both vehicles. I sustained a broken femur ( mid to lower thigh ) and Partially broken knee cap along with a broken foot (cancaneous) . The foot is shattered and isnt looking good with regards to recovery being 100%. I go to a specialist in the morning though ,so I'll soon see.

I didnt hurt any large blood vessels in the accident ,so I was lucky there and the bone was only displaced 5 centimeters. Which isnt too back ,but still hurts like heck.

Im an avid weight lifter and very much involved in martial arts and boxing. I train at least every other day and my cardio was in great condition prior to the accident. Im sure its taken a turn for the worse since the incident. 

I just turned 40 years old and ,I really wanted to get in the best shape of my life for this coming summer ,but it looks like thats not going to happen.

Can anyone give me an idea of what to expect wit regards to healing time on this femur break. Ive read anywhere from 8 weeks to 12-14 months. I cant seem to find a straight answer. I should mention I had a large nail hammered through my hp and down through my thigh. The doctor said the muscles in my leg were to large to try going from the knee so he elected he thigh.

Its been a little over 2 weeks and Im in pretty bad shape , I cant even get out of bed without help from my wife. Im totally helpless and can even take a bath without help. She sponge baths me,which would normally be great but Im not up for any funny stuff. LOL

Ive been eating small meals , but nutrition dense. I eat plenty of calcium and stuff like that. I think my diet is pretty balanced and I sleep very well ,especally if I take the pain meds ,which Ive done for the most part to prevent muscle cramps.

I bought a item called the power puchup # 2  which allows me to train my upper body some safely with basically every lift while in my wheel chair. It seems to work pretty good ,but is a far cry from my typical 265 x 10 on my bench . Im not real worried because I know it will come back fast once I start lifting again.

Does anyone know how long a clean break like mine will take to mend , figuring my age aong with it. I know nobody can say for sure but I just want to hear others experiences.

Thanks Mark

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Re: Another accident
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2007, 02:04:40 PM »
hi mark sorry to hear your having such a hard time of it!!
i can't comment on your accident unfortunatley as mine was completley different to yours but thought i would drop you a line in reply as no one else has!!
i can really relate to how you feel i was also pretty fit and active before my recent op and have become reliant on my boyfriend and family to do things for me which is awful as i am a very independant person and like to do things for myself,i too could not even bathe myself (i could not bend my knee at all to get in the bath and have a full leg brace on with little to no ROM AT ALL!
even when the brace is removed i know it will be a long time before i can drive etc again and be "back to normal" and will need physio for god knows how long!
i don't think doctors ever give you a timescale that is anything like definate as they probabley don't know themselves!
everyone heals differently and every op is different and some people i think are more determined to get back to normal quicker then others!!
i have had my brace altered to give me 45 degrees bend but am finding this hard to achieve and am doing my best to start walking and weight bearing again!!
some days i overdo it though and my knee soon tells me!!
as you have mentioned the fact it is only a little over 2 weeks i would try and be patient! (i know it hard!!) its still very early days and i must admit the first two weeks for me were definatley the hardest!
i feel im coming on ok now they are over but just not quick enough for my liking!!!

good luck with it all and let us know how you are getting on!!! it may be worth posting this in some of the other areas of the forums aswell were people may have had similar ops!!

(ie "bone breaks around the knee" in the "specialists office")
« Last Edit: February 26, 2007, 02:22:01 PM by shortyclairebear »
i had a motorcycle accident-landed on right knee!(mar 05)
...arthroscopy - 4th feb 06.
...VMO Advancement,LR+JMedial reefing - 24th jan 07.
...28 feb 07 i fell down 14 stairs.....more pain and stress! at PT working on ROM and strenghening

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Re: Another accident
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2007, 02:27:05 PM »
Femur#'s take a while to heal because it's big surgery, they, as you stated, hammer a rod (Kuntschner nail) in your femur's marrow... It's probably be swollen a lot and painfull, however you'll recover just fine. The rod will most likely cause you pain so I guess i will have to be removed in time... but that's a small surgery compared to what you sustained now.
Heel fractures are also very painfull and more difficult to recover from...

Hope things get better soon!!

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