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Five week update

It’s been five weeks since my surgery at Bethesda Naval Hospital and I guess things are going as expected. Two weeks ago I switched from percocet to Tylenol, we realized I popped about 110 pills (out of 135) and I still needed to wean myself off. Since then things have been getting better with the leg. Either as a result of the injury or the surgery, I lost all muscle control in my right leg, other than my ankle and toes. Three weeks of physical therapy remedied that and I am now able to move the leg (with the obvious exception of my hip).

I had my first consult with my local orthopedic specialist here in Boston a week ago at Boston Medical Center. After about an hour and a half in the waiting room I was seen by Doctor C, who after glancing at my x-rays from Hanscom said I should come back in 4 weeks. I guess no news is good news, but I was hoping for something like, “it looks like your femur is healing and you probably won’t need a partial hip transplant.” Maybe that was too much to ask, if Doctor C knew that I assume he would have told me. My next appointment is in 3 weeks, which is 8 weeks after the surgery. I hope for some better news then.

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  1. April 6th, 2006 at 01:00 | #1

    Here’s hoping for great healing–and no more surgeries!!

  2. Lt. T
    April 6th, 2006 at 05:59 | #2

    I was surfing the net and stumbled on your website. I did OCS-PLC during 04 and 05, 12 weeks of fun down at Quantico, during the summer. We all have tons of respect for the guys who go through during the winter. You’re made from some stern stuff.
    I read through some of your blogs and I just wanted to say good luck, heal fast, and get back in the fight. Stay hard, motivator.

  3. April 14th, 2006 at 05:24 | #3

    Hey man wanted to let you know I got into the Jun 4th class!

  4. April 14th, 2006 at 08:03 | #4

    Congratulations Randy! I think you’ll enjoy the summer weather more than I enjoyed the winter weather in Quantico.

    Ready? Drink!

  5. Col Rob Sprague
    April 18th, 2006 at 15:04 | #5

    Just stumbled upon your story and site. God Bless you and I hope to see you out in the Corps somewhere. You can do it, one day at a time. Semper Fi,
    Col Rob Sprague, USMC

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