Plan B, surgery for Vi

Life has been pretty quiet as we have been “patiently” waiting for Vi’s appointment with the vascular surgeon. Well that appointment was yesterday. There is good news and not so good news. Plan B is being put into play, which involves a much more invasive surgery with a longer and harder recovery time for the patient. After the surgery she will be hospitalized for at least a week. The first 6 weeks at home will be limited to little more than bed rest. Full recovery will be months, it is that big a deal. Her leg pain has become so severe, her mobility so limited she just jumped at the chance to get it done and the sooner the better. Right now we don’t have a date beyond late May to early June. Prayers please.

it has been heart breaking to watch her slow but steady decline. It is all related to the pain in her legs. It must be about 2 years ago it started. When it started she could be on her feet for maybe 20 minutes before her legs began to ache. She discovered by just sitting down for a few minutes the pain disappeared and she was off and running again. Over time that 20 minute period of activity steadily decreased. Now it is down to a minute or two and the pain level has steadily increased.

A simple trip to the store became a test of endurance. As the situation changed it went from the suggestion of a wheel chair getting you nothing but a dirty look to well maybe for a little on bad days, to a grudging OK to now which has become go find a wheel chair. Here I am talking about in stores, most of which provide wheel chairs.


6 Responses to Plan B, surgery for Vi

  1. lypenner says:

    It is sure difficult to accompany someone in “sickness and in health”, and you and Vi are blessed to have each other and kids who love you both. I will pray that you can both keep your spirits up amid this difficult time, and that relief will come for Vi. With love from the sidelines, Lydia

    Thank you Lydia. This has been a learning opportunity for me. It is something I have known that it is so difficult for the families. It is one thing to “know” something in your mind, true understanding only comes with experiencing it. If it were possible I would trade places with Vi with no hesitation at all

  2. M T McGuire says:

    Fingers and toes crossed. I hope it all goes well. Well be thinking od you both.

    Thank you dear friend

  3. Betty says:

    I am so happy there is a plan B for Vi. My thoughts and prayers are there for the both of you. I look beyond Vi’s surgery and recovery and wish for an active pain free future.

    Thank you Betty. The big picture is good.

  4. NSC says:

    I am so sorry that Vi has to face surgery and recovery, but as you have tried so hard to promote, we must look on the positive side of things. Our thoughts will be with you both.

    Thank you. You are so right about the positive side. Short term pain, long term gain. Vi is a trooper no doubt about that and will sail through this whole thing with relative ease.

  5. hilarymb says:

    Dear Bill – I’m pleased Vi is holding up and there is a Plan B .. not easy, but at least one is available .. my thoughts to both of you – Hilary

    Thank you

  6. Mel says:

    Wow….sounds like quite the ordeal, Bill. But give the dramatic shift and the huge losses she’s contended with, thank goodness there’s a plan B available. It’s tough to find yourself in that limited mobility situation, and pain is NOT fun. I’ve a newfound appreciation of stores who cater to folks and provide that wheelchair or motorized shopping cart. I wonder if they know they help keep us SANE by doing that?!
    Hang in there, we’ll be praying for the both of you.

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