November 2, 2016
Hey, all! I’ve had a lot of questions lately about my leg and things I have done to help get back on my feet (literally). Many of my fellow ostersarcomanites have expressed that physical activity after the limb salvage surgery is incredibly daunting, and I wholeheartedly agree. In response to your inquiries I decided to put together a little vlog that takes you through my whole leg rehabilitation. Maybe I can shed some light on the process! Below the video are some old and new photos of where my leg journey started and where I am now. Much love to you all!
This was taken the day after my surgery–they still hadn’t put me in a cast so they could get the swelling down.
The first time I felt all of the blood rush down to my leg–so painful! I think this picture was taken before my blood transfusions so you can see how pale I was.
Figuring out how to walk with this giant cast on. They eventually switched me out to one that had my foot out so I could do my peg leg side walk. (Story in video)
This is the first time they changed my cast and the first time I saw my new leg.
Kind of gnarly right?
This is my leg now! People comment on how well my scar has healed and if you want to know my secret–vitamin E oil! I put it on religiously for months after I got my cast off.
For someone that still struggles balancing on this leg to put pants on, this modified tree pose is progress!
Here is a squat—don’t ask me how but somehow it works!
I mentioned in the video that my surgeon told me I wouldn’t be able to bend my knee past 90 degrees after my surgery. I really had to work through all of that built up scar tissue to get my knee to bend like this.
Here are the x-rays! I have seen some other peoples x-rays from this surgery and they are often pretty similar. But for anyone that is curious, this is what the inside of my leg looks like.
I am curious to hear about anyone else’s experience with the limb salvage surgery! Feel free to leave comments below or contact me directly.
Much love always,