Everyone has a Mom. As you know, a Mom's primary job is to be concerned.
Tomorrow at 11:00 AM I'll be getting at least one Kirschner wire holding the most proximal Ilizarov external fixator ring to my tibia removed. As Dr. Jeng put it, he wants to get rid of my "soupy pin."
The plan is to get fresh x-rays of the pin sites to see if there are any issues with the tibia bone and the pins. If the images reveal any issues, there's a chance we'll remove more k-wires or just take the whole apparatus off since we're close to having this thing on for twelve weeks.
This is Step One to freaking out my Mom. She's far away and won't know what's happening until after it's already happened. In other words, she's worried about not being able to worry about what's specifically happening to me.
Step Two is showing my Mom new developments with my ankle without first running it by her on the phone.
Last night, Brooke and I discovered something interesting I can do with my new Achilles tendon. During my August surgery, my Achilles tendon was lengthened with three cuts. These cuts left three dark marks along the tendon.
When I flex my calf muscle, it appears that the skin, muscle, and fat all pull along the sites where the tendon was cut. In other words, I've now got awesome calf muscle definition that most people dream of. My definition just so happens to be severely deformed.
We'll talk to Dr. Jeng about what's going on here tomorrow, but I suspect it's scar tissue that's formed around the incisions made in August to lengthen the tendon. With physical therapy, this odd deformity will probably go away. This deformity might also be due to the fact that the joint is pulled apart by 5mm. This might also go away once the ankle is no longer distracted.
Step Three is to show more cross leaking pictures, including a new leaking pin site, and note that pain has become an increasing issue in the last few days.
We'll let you all -- especially you, Mom -- know how it goes tomorrow!