Sunday, September 27, 2009

I did it!

Today, I ran my first 5k. I ran it at 35.07. Not bad for a girl with one fibula. This is such an accomplishment for me. A year and a half ago I could not walk. I was very happy that my ankle did not hurt. I was worried about that as I would get pain every now and then. Guess my mind was focusing on the race and just finishing it. At least that is what I told myself. So for anyone who had a Fibular Free Flap Reconstruction and think that they will never be able to run again (or in my case, start) rest assured you can. It just takes time.

I don't know if I will continue to run races, but I must say after I was, I felt great. Tired, but great. At the very least I can run two miles to keep up the endurance. Maybe I will try biking next.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Baltimore and hope

I just had my 6 month check-up with my doctors at Hopkins. I meet with Dr B who did the reconstruction part. He was very pleased to see me, mainly because I had no issues. He did notice that my scar was still red. He said to give it 6 months and after that if it is still red he can do microdermabrasion treatment on it. My insurance will not pay of course. (What else is new)

He also said that my right side is a little thinner then my left. This he can correct with three different treatments.

1> fat injections from my hips or thighs. This would be permanent and note very invasive.
2> Fillers. Also non invasive but not permanent. I would have to get it done every year.
3> Surgery.

Well you know which one I will take. Number 1 please. He states I can have this done at any time and do not have to wait. I think I will do ahead with it sometime next year after the holidays.

I later meet Dr K, who did an examination. He was not too please with scar that was left from my last surgery but said other then that thins seem fine. I will have to see him again in 6 months as a follow up.

So all seems to be going well. Have my little happy face on now.