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Status Update

First of all, many, many thanks for the outpouring of love and good wishes we've received from you all here. We are so grateful for so many friends out there, and your concern means so much to us, lifting us up and giving us strength. God bless you all.

We spent Monday resting and arranging medical appointments. I ran out for a few minutes to pick up milk and eggs and a few other essentials, but otherwise was home, serving ice water, tea, food, and otherwise looking after my Steve (rootbeer1). We watched the second Harry Potter movie; Steve napped a lot (Vicodin) and I checked in with work online. In the afternoon, our friends Jim (sflonestar) and Gregg came by to visit, with a beautiful orchid that is just about ready to bloom. A little later, Phil (foodpoisoningsf)dropped in, bearing dinner (meat loaf and mashed potatoes, comfort food supreme). Our friend Dave H. had called earlier, and given us great moral support and medical advice (he's an MD), including the surgeon we will be using. And just before Phil left, our close and dear friends Victor and Mel came by for the evening. They are both nurses, and brought us all sorts of supplies, set up the living room and moved Steve downstairs, had dinner and stayed around giving us just incredible comfort and support. Two kinder, more loving and compassionate men don't exist.

Tuesday Steve's brother David and his wife Andrea came over in the morning to help Steve and I get to the orthopedic surgeon, Gordon Lundy. Andrea has MS, and they have a wheelchair she uses occasionally, so that was a great help. Plus, David is used to pushing it around, so I let his push his brother around like when they were kids. Dr. Lundy is great, and Steve's surgery is scheduled for Thursday at 1:55 PM. Steve has a multiple fracture of the proximal tibia, with some compression fracture and potentially some cartilage damage. They will insert a few pins and a plate to hold everything together, and Steve will be getting some PT as he heals, but will be as good as new in a few months. He will be in the hospital until Saturday, then we're home for awhile. I have hundreds of hours of sick time accrued that can be used for family medical support, so I'll be home as long as I need to be, perhaps telecommuting a bit. David & Andrea stayed he evening. We ordered pizza and watched Napoleon Dynamite, a strange little film that the men in the room liked and the woman wasn't too keen on, for some reason. They'll be back on Thurdsay to help transport Steve to the hospital. Again, support from family and friends that is so very much appreciated.

Today (Wednesday) is a day of rest and DVDs. We're were prescribed a wheelchair with leg elevators, so that will be delivered today, and we're well-stocked with food and beverages, so we're all set. We'll keep you posted.

And our love and well-wishes go to Steve Z. (double_ohsteven)and everyone else who are also dealing with health issues. Let us know if there's anything we can do to help you. Steve is bearing up so well under the pain and stress, and the support of our family and extended family here is a big reason why.

Comments

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bearzbub
Oct. 5th, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC)
I hope that everything goes smoothly on thursday.
ricksf
Oct. 5th, 2005 03:51 pm (UTC)
That rootbeer1 will do anything to get out of square dancing!

Best wishes to you both!
jarlsberg71
Oct. 5th, 2005 04:04 pm (UTC)
Hey, ask the doc to throw some adamantium on Steve's bones while he's in there. I bet he'd love it ;)

Hugs to you both...
hugh_mannity
Oct. 5th, 2005 04:25 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, poor Steve.

My condolences and lots of good healing wishes.

And of course, one piece of advice: Do ALL the PT. Even though it sucketh mightily. I had a knee replaced last year and I'm going to have the other one done in a few weeks. I've got full range of motion in the replaced knee and I attribute that to doing the PT seriously. Three months it took, it was hell. But I'm very glad I did it.

*waves the +5 double-pointed knitting needles of well-wishing in a westerly direction*
bluedevilsf
Oct. 5th, 2005 04:41 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about Steve's mishap. :( I didn't even know you guys were at Disneyland; I was there, too.

I don't know if you've been keeping up with current events, but my Steve is there in the Bay Area and will be for the next several weeks.
djmrswhite
Oct. 5th, 2005 04:59 pm (UTC)
dang! rest and recover well sir...
krispybear
Oct. 5th, 2005 05:09 pm (UTC)
What the...
Hell happened??? I haven't been able to log on for a few days as I am in London but I am judging that something happened at Disneyland? Let me know Jack? What has happened to our poor Stevie??
markosf
Oct. 5th, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)
Tell Steve I hope he feels better soon. Once you get that wheelchair he'll have no excuse to miss square dancing class. It should make "weave the ring" much more interesting! HUGS
sftekbear
Oct. 5th, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)
I'm just getting caught up on LJ. I'm so sorry to hear what happened. Let me know if I can be of help.
dr_scott
Oct. 5th, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC)
Well, that sucks. They take out two Steves and my brother all at once (my brother had his knee shattered when he was hit by a car turning left in front of him.) Painful recoveries and PT are no fun. We meant to have you guys down for a dinner party before now, so I guess it will be later in the year. But we're thinking about you.
sfbearhoney
Oct. 5th, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC)
Being away, I missed the previous post. Sorry to hear about it all and I hope all goes well tomorrow for Steve.
bearbeat
Oct. 5th, 2005 08:09 pm (UTC)
Jack,

So sorry to hear about Steve's leg. Hope recovery is as swift as possible. Please give him a hug for us.

XOXO
Bill & Joe
neilbert
Oct. 5th, 2005 10:18 pm (UTC)
ouch
I'm so sorry to hear about Steve's accident, but am glad you both have such great support. Please let me know if I can do anything.

BTW, I saw you two getting married on TV during a piece (Ch. 5 news?) on Arnold's veto last week - it was sweet!
fuzzygruf
Oct. 6th, 2005 03:38 am (UTC)
I'm glad that you guys have such nice friends. I'm sure that must make a big difference!

Big hugs to you. I know how difficult it can be. Just don't give Steve a bell to ring! Hang in there.
gabecentric
Oct. 6th, 2005 06:27 pm (UTC)
let me know if you guys need a sponge bath =^P
gregorsf
Oct. 7th, 2005 03:00 am (UTC)
I wish you a speedy recovery. I also wish you a hot bearded nurse and/or doctor in those tight surgical pants to fawn over you.
furmuslbulk
Oct. 7th, 2005 10:25 am (UTC)
Jack,

So sorry to hear about Steve's leg! I TOLD him not to mess with Mickey! Mikey can be a real bad ass when you piss him off! I heard that he learned how to take out his enemies from Tanya Harding.... was Steve trying to take Mickey's job?

Love to both of you!

xoxoxo
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