May 18, 2005

Answers, Finally

They may not have been all the answers I was looking for, but it is a satisfying thing to finally know. My appointment with the Orthopaedist was this morning, and it took him only a few minutes to analyze the issue and tell me what was really wrong: When I tumbled in the accident, I broke my leg, when that happened, it readjusted one of my joints and in the past 5 1/2 months it has healed in a not so good position, and there really isn't much that he could do surgically speaking, and that chances were that I now have a higher risk of having early onset of arthritis in my knee. Ok, now that I have outlined all of the bad stuff, what this also boils down to is that the doctor also recommended a medical board, which means that they would consider medically booting me out. No, that's not so bad. Kinda what I was hoping for honestly, as there is a whole other world out there that I want to know about, and experiance. I was talking to someone the other night, about the fact that I have really realized my mortality. This doesn't mean that I am now suddenly afraid of death, only in that I know that I could quite feasibly die tomorrow. If that happens, I want to know that I have lived my life the best that I could, and done as much as I could in achieving my greatest potential. e.g. starting college, settling down, etc.


Always Question said...

Depending on your medical facility, I'd suggest that you request a second opinion on your options regarding correcting the malalignment. It may be that you'll choose to just live with it anyway, but that should be an informed choice. The risk of traumatic arthritis down the road is already there regardless of whether or not they do surgery.
Good luck, Lizzie.

Garrison Steelle said...

Why do I read that and wince? I agree on getting a second opinion regarding surgery, but I do believe that, from a life/career perspective moving on can only be a positive step for you.

DLJ said...

Hi, Lizzie

Hey I'm sorry to hear about your knee. I some times think from the way you write that you actually like the big green machine. Oh well In or Out I'm sure youll come out on top of the situation.

Watch your 6 O'clock


lost soul said...

Just from what I have read about you, I think that school and settling down might just be the key. Your courage and attitude has meant MORE than you will ever know.

Rosemary said...

Dear Sarge,
Hey, I know what you mean by finally knowing! BTW, they told me I would never walk again, they were wrong. They told me I would need an operation in 10 years due to osteo arthritis, it has been 20 years now and I'm fine. The trick is to keep the cartilege you have. Work it, girl! :)

You make the best decision for you. I just want to thank you so much for all you've sacrificed for me. I could never repay that. Welcome home. Enjoy your life, and keep on bloggin'! :)

JUST A MOM said...

Well Lizzie, from a mom's point of view,, like you need it. I think , getting on with your life sounds like a very good thing! Yes I do still pop in. sounds like your doing good. See ya. :)

AirborneVet said...

No worries. I'm sure you'll do fine no matter what happens. The Army told me I would likely never run again. I proved them wrong. Like prvious commenters have said, DO get a second opinion, even if that means paying for it yourself from a non-military doctor. Good luck.