Joy to the World

>>>Joy to the World

Remember how I said my life had a soundtrack? I re-entered The Court this morning to the Christmassy strains of “Joyeux Noel.”

It matched my mood: I’m going home.

Sally-the-driver picked me up this morning (The Court has a bus with a wheelchair lift and driving you to appointments is included in the price) and dropped me off at Kaiser Walnut Creek for my six-week post-op checkup.

This time through I could bend my knee the required amount for x-rays, shifted through all the required positions for the tech without much trouble. “You’ve REALLY improved since your last visit,” she said approvingly.

I thought so, too…but the x-rays would tell the real story.

Dr. Dan came in smiling. “We were just talking about your x-rays. They look great.” He threw them up on the screen and stepped back, so I could get myself a bone-selfie with my phone.

“So…is there bone growing yet?” I waited, tense.

Dr. Dan shook his head. “It doesn’t work that way this time. You’ve got a nail up the femur and a lot of your own bone graft packed in there–it’s the first time you’ve had it done this way. We’re not really looking for callus formation at six weeks.”

“What we’re looking for is consolidation of the graft, or at least a sign that the graft is beginning to work. And the graft is still there, it’s packing in, it hasn’t been resorbed. That’s good. Are you using the ultrasound bone stimulator every day?”

I nodded. “Twice a day, as you recommended. Like clockwork.”

“Good. You have no IDEA how many strings we had to pull to get that for you.”

I’ve been dealing with the Kaiserbeast too long. “Oh, I think I do…” I said dryly.

“Well, it’s helping, I think. Everything looks strong, it’s straight, and you’re up to 55 degrees of flexion in your knee,” he grinned, “I didn’t think you’d be anywhere near that this early–it’s a great sign that you’re going to get even more flexible with time.”

“So…we’re not out of the woods yet, and I do NOT want you bearing weight on The Leg for another six weeks. Until the graft has finished compacting around the new hardware I don’t want to risk you coming down and shaking something loose. We don’t,” he warned, “Have many more options if this fails.”

This, I knew. By heart.

“But at six weeks, I’m going to authorize weight-bearing, as tolerated. You need to start putting load on that bone, forcing the consolidation and growth. I’ve even put bone graft over the screws on the side of the nail, so that it will be inside the bone when it finally grows.”

“You’re on track for getting this healed and getting out of that wheelchair.”


So… I didn’t get the answer I craved: “Yes, Cynthia, the bone is growing!” But the answer I got is joyful enough for now.

Much to plan. Boxes of stuff to send back to Portland, arrangements to be made–non-weightbearing means I may not be able to live at the house just yet–flights to be purchased.

It’s sunshiny and warm today. I think, before I start planning, I’ll wheel out to my favorite sunny patch and sit. Give thanks. Send out notes of appreciation for all your healing thoughts and prayers.

I’m going home. Thank you.



  1. Stephen Richard December 3, 2017 at 2:24 am - Reply

    I’m really happy to hear the good news. You keep managing through, somehow. Congratulations!

  2. Bob Leatherbarrow December 2, 2017 at 8:33 am - Reply

    Great news! So glad that you are finally on the mend.

  3. Brenda November 30, 2017 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Wheeeeeee!!! Take a spin around the parking lot in your wheelchair for me! I am soooo glad to hear this news.

  4. Dianne Van de Carr November 30, 2017 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    Yay! yay! YAY! for you Cynthia!!!! 🏡 Home. Is there a sweeter word? All my best. BE CAREFUL.

  5. Barbara Muth November 30, 2017 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    So so happy for you. I was hoping the news would be good. Congratulations!!!!

  6. SB November 30, 2017 at 4:02 pm - Reply


  7. kathryncecelia November 30, 2017 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    Alleluia! Wonderful news. It’s about time you were rewarded for your positive attitude. This fix seems “right”. Blessings on you this holiday season.

  8. Colleen Bell November 30, 2017 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    We are all rejoicing for you! It’s been a long road and you have such admirable resilience! Sending you the best for the next 6 weeks!

  9. thenolanescape November 30, 2017 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    Great News!

  10. Nancy Goodenough November 30, 2017 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    I’m seeing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. (You can use that, if you want!) But it’s the golden glow from the gold that’s the prize, the golden glow of joy. You are everyone’s hero. Along with all the good docs and others who got you here. Yay!

  11. Valerie Adams November 30, 2017 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    Just the news we needed to hear! So incredibly happy for you. I love the x-rays! Great reminder of the miracle of science. I love looking at the plates and screws in my neck; helps remind me to be grateful. Kaiser handled my situation brilliantly; I’m relieved they finally came through for you.

  12. Karen Seymour November 30, 2017 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    Tears of joy here too. I was wondering this morning if you’d heard yet. So glad is is a good news.

  13. Pat Schink November 30, 2017 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    So happy for you. Have been following you all along. Such good news.

  14. Island Fused Glass November 30, 2017 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    So happy for you Cynthia, such a tough and scary journey you have been on, it is not over yet, but, I think you have conquered the worst of it. Patience and tenacity have won, well done. ❤️

  15. Charlotte November 30, 2017 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Hallelujah!!!!! I’m so grateful! I can’t type cause I’m crying… xoxoxo ❤️❤️❤️

  16. Mary Kay Nitchie November 30, 2017 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    You have amazing fortitude and persistence! I am super happy that things are continuing to look up. Thanks for posting!

  17. sandra uhlman November 30, 2017 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    YEah this is what all your people have been waiting to hear!! The angels are singing. SO happy for you! Cant imagine what u have been thru. My knee surgery is DEC 28th. Please send me healing thoughts also!! xx

  18. vortenjou November 30, 2017 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    Woohoo! Congratulations!

  19. Kathy November 30, 2017 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    And another round of “HallelujahChorus”!!

  20. Lani McGregor November 30, 2017 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    Wow – this one really did make me cry! Please pack some of that CA sun and bring it back with you to PDX. We’re all sniveling in the rain here – and looking forward to the return of our favorite Trooper!

  21. Sandy November 30, 2017 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    A great big YEE HAW !!! from Texas. Tearing up here, too! A good tearing up!

  22. Risa Prince November 30, 2017 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Halleluyah! Real progress must feel wonderful. And so worth all the effort and time invested to get to this point. Hail Cynthia, Hail Elmo!

  23. Cheryl Sattler November 30, 2017 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Omg. I am so incredibly happy for you!!! Tearing up here. What spectacular news. I was so hoping you’d post.

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