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10 March 2010 @ 12:38 am
Laid Up for a While  

[Cross-posted from my MovableType Blog]

A lot has happened in the last month…

First off, it appears that this information has been unevenly communicated. For that, I apologize. But I hope you agree that I had a good excuse. (At least at first.)

I’m still midway through writing a very long-winded, exhastive account (with its own summary) of what happened that nobody in their right mind would actually want to read. It’s stalled. This is getting ridiculous.

In the immortal words of Inigo Montoya: Let me ’splain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.

I was hit by a car.

The evening of Friday, February 12th as I crossed the street (in the crosswalk, with the light) to catch a bus home, a car turning left onto Market from Montgomery struck me at slow speed.

My knee was broken (x-ray). Everything else was fine. (Specifically, a portion of the tibial plateau was sheared off.) I was, in many respects, very lucky.

It was a long, painful, and story-filled night.

After a long, disagreeable week, the following Thursday I had surgery to fix the (skeletal) damage (another x-ray). My ACL was torn but not repaired (I’m told that many people live full, active lives without one). My MCL was stretched rather badly.

I was (IMNSHO) discharged too early on Friday evening. I spent a harrowing night at home. Too harrowing to be story-filled. The less said about it the better.

The convalescent prescription from here is rather high-powered narcotics (which work most of the time) and no weight bearing on that joint for 10-12 weeks! After that, the real recuperation begins: 6-8 weeks of physical therapy and rebuilding.

The reason 10-12 weeks is two-fold: primarily, it’s to give the cartilage in my knee a break (ha!) to prevent it from deteriorating further. Secondly, it is also hoped that this break will also give the MCL a chance to tighten back up (at least a bit).

This greatly increases the chances of arthritis in my knee (but there is no way to predict if it will be symptomatic or not.)

I am definitely healing. I have good days and bad days with the pain, but it’s reassuring (after the fact) that I’m healing even on the bad days. I’ve regained quite a bit of mobility, but as of right now, I am still confined to the upper floor of our house.

The outpouring of support and well-wishes has been fantastic and overwhelming. Chiara, too, has been a saint to put up with so much. I am humbled by it all.

There is more I want to say, but this is already starting to get long, so I’ll save it for another post.
Current Mood: draineddrained
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Erik Oganeriktheplaid on March 11th, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks … And yeah, me too. On both counts. :)
alicelee on March 11th, 2010 06:13 am (UTC)
Ow. Ow. Ow. That intersection is just cursed. I hope the healing continues, and wish you as pain-free a set of new stories as possible.
Erik Oganeriktheplaid on March 11th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
Indeed it is. I’m normally on the lookout for the idiots running the yellow/orange light coming down Market, since they don’t realize how long the intersection is. Their light changes, a second later we get the crosswalk sign, and a good second or two later they pass through the crosswalk.

It happens at least once a week. My favorites are the ones honking and yelling as though it’s our fault we’re in the crosswalk!

The left turn took my by complete surprise.

So far the healing has been surprisingly speedy, and more good days than bad days. And I'm gaining mobility back quickly, even on the bad days. The last two days, however, I've needed more of the Schedule II opioid for breakthrough pain as it seems the nerves in my foot are coming back online. And, of course, I’d just told the doctor I’d all but weaned myself off those pills.
avocado_tomavocado_tom on March 11th, 2010 06:26 am (UTC)
I'm glad you're alive after the latest installment of "I'm a car magnet, come watch" TVTM.

Please continue to follow this trend.

In the meantime, please edit photos, work on your photo website/portfolio and/or work on all the programming projects you've put aside for the last <cough> years.

avocado_tomavocado_tom on March 11th, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
clarification: The trend of being alive.
Erik Oganeriktheplaid on March 11th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
Hey! I’m not just a car magnet. Let’s not forget the first two “And then I woke up in the hospital” stories: I drown and “witnesses say I went over the handlebars, no cars in sight!”

As it turns out, I can do quite a bit of work from home, so I'm not on disability (which is good) But yeah, it does leave time for other things.

Sadly, the project I most want to work on (Clubcar reboot) isn't at a stage for head-down coding, and really needs collaboration. Which I suppose I wasn't doing when I was mobile, so maybe it's time to figure out how to do it virtually.