On the bone again…

>>>On the bone again…

Oh….the footbone’s connected to the anklebone
The anklebone’s connected to the shinbone
The shinbone’s connected to the Elmobone
Now hear the word on The Void…

After months of zoning out at the Deadbeat Cafe, The Leg has finally decided to go back to work. IOW, it’s started to grow bone to fill in the walnut-sized void in my lower (distal) femur. The spots circled in red weren’t there at my last visit.


It’s case of too little, too late, unfortunately; Doc says The Leg grows bone about as fast as a sloth tapdances. If I want to be walking before I turn 112, he thinks it needs a little extra motivation.

In docspeak, you spell “motivation,”  “b-o-n-e-m-a-r-r-o-w-t-r-a-n-s-p-l-a-n-t.” The Doc and his team will suck up my bone marrow, mix it with donor (i.e., dead people) bones, and jam-pack it into the hole.

The surgeons are pretty optimistic. “The fact that you’ve got growth in spots means it’s healthy bone, and that’s good,” said The Doc.

It’ll also be much less complicated than the first time around. “That was a 5.5-hour operation,” he reminded me, “This is almost-but-not-quite outpatient surgery.’

No rehab center this time; I’ll go back to Mom’s in a couple of days and life will resume as normal. Or what passes for normal here.

So…it’s all set. Late next week they pack The Leg full of marrow goo. And then we shall see.

The Saving Elmo series covers my adventures after crashing to the ground on Elmo, my replacement knee, sustaining an “open, comminuted fracture of the left femoral shaft.” It’s a tad more dire than it sounds; if my bone doesn’t grow completely back and return me to normal function, there’s a new, more painful, less effective femoral replacement in my future…with eventual amputation.

If you want to follow along on the journey, try these posts:



  1. kathryncecelia March 18, 2017 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    Hurray for you!! It is such good news to know your bone is healthy and producing good “stuff”, even if too slowly. After so long this should be but a blink of the eye. Best wishes.

  2. Sarah Tippit March 13, 2017 at 4:25 am - Reply

    best wishes for a healthy thriving bone brimming with marrow!

  3. BRENDA ALBERT March 12, 2017 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    I have been very inpressed by your staying power! great to hear progress is being made at last.!!!Good luck with the op and your recovery.

  4. Stephen Richard March 12, 2017 at 12:56 am - Reply

    Good news! Stay strong. Stephen

  5. ellen abbott March 11, 2017 at 5:44 am - Reply

    Good news. It’s about damn time!

  6. Gail Northness March 10, 2017 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    Best wishes on the upcoming surgery….will keep you in my prayers. Gail (newbie follower)

  7. Jeri Warhaftig March 10, 2017 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Great news. I’m visualizing that bone marrow proliferating all over the darn place!

  8. Teddy Devereux March 10, 2017 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Best wishes Cynthia. Hope all goes well and you are back on your legs and feet soon.
    Teddy (from BeCon a few years ago)

  9. Diana tillotson March 10, 2017 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    I’m so happy that it’s growing and they now have a plan of action. You’ll be up and around soon with this extra boost. Di

  10. Marian Fieldson March 10, 2017 at 11:43 am - Reply

    I’m so glad for you, and that you can see improvement at last. I find inspiration in all of your posts for art and the art of living. Thank you for writing so eloquently about your experiences.

  11. SB March 10, 2017 at 9:31 am - Reply

    Hooray! Congratulations and best of luck!

  12. Lyn Feudner March 10, 2017 at 8:24 am - Reply

    Wow! Heal fast!! <3

  13. Tom McKeon March 10, 2017 at 7:18 am - Reply

    SO very happy that there’s a silver lining ahead for you, Cynthia! Best of luck next week!

  14. Lori Schinelli March 10, 2017 at 7:13 am - Reply

    So glad to hear there is a light at the end of the tunnel!

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