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Offline kkh

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Help! Concerned daughter!
« on: February 21, 2004, 02:43:05 AM »
My mother (61 years old) had knee replacement
                     surgery Dec. 7, 2002 on her right knee.
                     After a week in rehab, they sent her
                     home. However, she was still unable
                     to walk. She used a walker as best she
                     could. She was going to therapy 3x per
                     week with no signs of improvement after
                     several weeks. Her OS said she had peroneal
                     nerve damage with a dropped foot. She
                     then had surgery on the peroneal
                     nerve. A week later (still unable to
                     walk), she fell at home and broke her
                     fibula on her right leg and her right
                     wrist. She is a widow home alone, therefore,
                     they admitted her into the hospital
                     Jan. 28 to help care for her. Another
                     OS told her she should have been prescribed
                     a brace with her dropped foot - it wasn't
                     surprising to him that she fell. She
                     has been in the hospital for the last
                     3 1/2 weeks. She is doing therapy at
                     the rehab unit at the hospital - however,
                     is limited to what she can do. She is
                     currently using a platform walker and
                     is not allowed to put any pressure on
                     her right leg. They plan on sending
                     her home next week. I don't believe
                     she can manage due to the fact she cannot
                     walk....only hop on her left leg. She
                     still has no feeling in her dropped
                     foot. In fact, it remains very painful.
                     The OS has been  uninformative on her
                     condition. I am extremely concerned
                     with her condition. Is there any kind
                     of prognosis given to patients in this
                     condition? She is not getting any better.
                     Would you reccommend she see another
                     OS for a 2nd opinion? What are other's
                     experiences with the peroneal nerve
                     damage? Help! -concerned daughter  :P

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Re: Help! Concerned daughter!
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2004, 04:25:46 AM »
Oh, kkh!

This must be so stressful for you and your mother!

I have no experience in the nerve damage arena, but I do have some experience at advocating for an ill parent. Your mother will probably qualify for some other type of long term care after she leaves the hospital rehab unit. Be sure to request help from a hospital social worker several days BEFORE she is to leave the hospital.  

At 61 your Mom is really young for it, but she could even go to a nursing home temporarily until she makes more progress in therapy. Short term patients in good nursing homes tend to get lots of attention--more therapy time than if a therapist were making home visits--because they are a ray of light for the therapists and all workers in nursing homes. Of course, your Mom is probably going to want to go home, and you will need some lead time to get things properly arranged--so talk to the social worker soon to get things started.

2003: 1/28-29Fell on wet floor,broke kneecap
Post-op drug reaction
3/4-5/13 brace
12/19Hardware removal,scope,partial meniscectomies
2004: More PT
lost job
Settledw/WC Oct
2005: Personal injury lawsuit--reschedulings,failed mediation
2006: settled out of court in March

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Re: Help! Concerned daughter!
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2004, 08:38:04 PM »
Hi , I myself from a football tacke damaged my knee totally , the artery was damaged in knee so immediate surgery was required . Also my peroneal nerve was damaged which has resulted in footdrop and no feeling .
I myself would like a second opinion. I have removeable plaster cast but feel there must be footdrop braces availabe.
Unlike your mum i have age on my side ( age 30 so i am told ) it must be tough for her as i know how hard it is for me