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.