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Offline Gizmocat

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Patience running low
« on: January 22, 2004, 06:24:24 PM »
Oct. 15 2003 I was working on a dock door at work. I was about 12' up on a ladder when the ladder slipped out from under me, my mouth hit the top of the door, splitting my lip open and pushing in my two front teeth, knocking me out. I fell to the ground with all my weight on my right knee shattering my knee cap. I had to wait until Oct. 28 to have surgery, because of the insurance. When I went to see the doctor that was going to do the surjery he had asked me who hit me with a baseball bat, I asked him why and he told me becauce of all the pieces it was in, he also told me I would have about 2/3 of a knee cap.  A few days before my surjery I saw my next door neighbor and he told me he once was in an accident breaking his arm in two places and his knee, he told me his arm felt like an insect bite compared to his knee. Needless to say this SCARED me very much. I now know what pain really is, my motorcycle accident on the expressway felt like an insect bite compared to my knee accident. About two weeks after my surjery I had to revisit the surjeon that did the surgery when he told me I only have about 1/2 of my knee cap, he also told my wife and me that he did not want to send me to PT because the knee cap was to fragile and still in many peices. One thing interesting I found out about my surgery is that my surgeon used a type of fishing like line to put my knee cap back together instead of a wire, which means, from what my surgeon told me, I do not need to have sugery again like with the wire, it will stay in forever. It has been a little over three months since my surgery and I still feel quit a bit of pain which won't let me get a good night sleep or sit without rocking back and forth. I have read stories on this site and listened to what my surgeon told me, both tell me you need a lot of patience, for how long must I be patient, has or does anyone else have this problem. I now this is a long story but I need help because my patience is running low with everything help.
10/15/03 Ladder slipped out, approx. 12' up, slamed face into top of dock door splitting lip, KO, fell full weight on right patella, shattering
10/28/03 Surjery leaving 1/2 Patella in 4 piece

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Re: Patience running low
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2004, 08:37:29 PM »
Sorry to hear about your accident, that must have really hurt...darn ladders eh?
I don' thave the same problems as you, but I just need to say...patience is a virtue.  It's difficult to be patient when you are in pain, I know. HOwever, things will heal in their own time and being impatient isn't going to heal it any faster .  Take it easy, maybe you should talk to your doctor about getting some meds to help you with sleeping.  I just started on some drugs to help me sleep this past week and it's made a signifcant difference.
;) Hang in there and good luck
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Re: Patience running low
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2004, 10:10:01 PM »
Okay, your story just convinced me not to climb a ladder in my garage and change the lightbulb before a housing inspector comes this afternoon....

It sounds like you had a really traumatic injury--I'm so sorry.  Bone pain around the knee is unreal, I know.

All I can do is say to be patient.  If your doctor hasn't told you, I can give you the number 12-18 months on the outside.  This is what my aunt was told after her traumatic fall.  And the fact that you are now missing half your kneecap means that your rehab will be very slow, very specialized, and critical to your full recovery.

Beyond that, I've found that information is your best friend.  Post below with the other people who have had kneecap fractures/breaks.  Go online and find a support group.  You may very well be a candidate for a formal pain management program--mine has changed my life.  We talk about stuff, do massage, acupuncture, osteopathic manipulations, experiment with various meds, and so forth.  I can't recommend it more highly, though I understand that the doctor is what makes the difference--make sure you get a good one.  Mine is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, so her focus is getting people with chronic conditions moving again.  She's great.

I wish you all the best.  Do everything you can to reach out to the outside world--through your computer, joinging a reading group, doing something that gets you out of the house.  Nothing is more depressing than sitting and watching daytime tv as the world passes you by....

Take care of yourself.

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