Day 22: Discharge

I was finally discharged today after three weeks in three different hospitals and one nursing home.  I fell on February 15th, broke my femur completely IN HALF, and as a bonus was diagnosed with BONE CANCER.  I go back in for another surgery on the 18th.

We live in a second-floor apartment, and my wheelchair is no match for the 19 steps it takes to get up there, so for the time being, my son and I will be staying with my parents. o_O

Here’s a side-view of my right leg:

They sliced me open, scooped out a tumor the approximate size and shape of a facehugger, cut out the surrounding cartilage, bone, and muscle before stapling me back up.

The red dot you see near my Self-Made Man tattoo is from the screw they put in to keep my leg from falling completely apart, and the red dot to the right of the staples was used for post-op drainage — blood, lymphatic fluids, etc.

A set of x-rays taken of my lower body showed “significant deterioration” (their words — not mine) in both hips, so I have a feeling the bone scan will turn up even more fun stuff. 😦

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