So like I have said before, my surgery went well, but afterwards, I ended up with an abscess. Which than caused my whole incision to open up. I was put on antibiotics to clear that up which it did, thank God. After that whole thing happened, my incision had trouble healing back up. So we were on watch for that and were going to the doctor every 1-2 weeks. Well now, my incision is looking good and the bone graft that they did is settling in well.
It is always nerve wracking and scary when you go in for surgery because there can always be complications. I thank God for keeping his arms around all the doctors, nurses, and anyone who came in contact with me. He knew what he was doing when he had all those doctors and nurses lined up to work on.
I have been doing weight bearing and walking around quite a bit, no more walker/crutches or full leg brace. Although, I am still in a wheelchair during school because my mom doesn’t want me doing a full day of walking yet. Maybe in another month or so I can start trying to do a full day of walking since I can walk around in the grocery store now. Its all about timing. I give it up to God and when he thinks I am ready he will let us know.
For Junior year I want to set a goal for myself of walking into high school. I just want that experience of walking into high school. It is something that people take for granted, but for me it is a huge thing. Since the beginning of freshman year, I have used my electric wheelchair. Only walking around the classroom due to not being able to walk long distances. Even at the Baby Bulldog Breakfast for freshman-thatwas held before school started-I was in a wheelchair.
I want to set a goal, as far as strengthening goes for my next knee surgery. My next knee surgery will hopefully be next summer, after my half shoulder replacement surgery this summer. I want to do everything to heal properly and strengthen my knee to get to my goal. My goal is to be in the chair for the summer and the beginning of school. Although, after 4 months after school starts I would like to walk in with a walker. For me that is a huge experience. I will be praying for what God has in store. I will pray for strength in going through that process.
Walking is something all of us take for granted. When that is taken away or limited, you really realize how much you miss it and how wonderful it is. I want to experience walking into high school. Whether it be just walking in using a walker, walking in and then getting back in the chair, or walking in and not using anything I don’t care. Even if I have to wait until the end of the year or until Senior year, I will be thankful to walk into school because walking is a gift. So next time you see someone using a wheelchair, using crutches, using a walker, or anything else don’t give them a weird look. Wonder what it’s like to be in their shoes, offer to help them, or even open a door for them.
The necrosis, the steroids and chemotherapy caused, has temporarily taken away walking from me. I may be able to walk short distances, but I walk with pain almost every day, whether the pain is a 1 or a 10. It has taken my ability to take a hike, walk around the block, and so much more. I will not let it defeat me or get me down! I will rise up and work towards making those few steps into high school, into the grocery store, into the mall, around the block, etc.!
In January, I went for my first check up since my knee surgery.
For all who don’t know, because of the chemo and steroids I ended up with necrosis of my bones. My bones have started to die in both of my legs and my left shoulder is no longer there. Due to all the damage, I now need surgeries to remove the dead bone in my knees and a shoulder replacement. On December 21, 2015, I had my first surgery to correct this. We started with my right leg, because it was hurting me the most out of both of my knees.
We found out that I would be seeing another doctor at my check up because my doctor was on indefinite leave. Mr. Stewart was very nice! He checked my leg and took the dressing off. He said my incision is healing very nicely and is almost closed completely! Oh, guess what!!!!….. He also said that I could start putting a little more weight on my leg!! I was so excited to hear that all is healing well!
Without God and my amazing family, I could have never made it through all I have been through! I am so thankful and grateful! God is my strength, when I am weak and weary he carries me through. He stands by my side and is with me every step of the way! “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
Lastly, I have a prayer request. I mentioned my doctor was on indefinite leave. Well, a health issue has come up and she has to take care of herself. Please, pray for her and her health! May God be by her side and watching over her as she deals with. Comfort her and her family as they walk this journey. Give all people who come in contact to help her the knowledge. In Jesus’ Mighty Name, AMEN!! I love you Dr. DeRoode!!
The 21st, Monday morning I posted this on Facebook, in the morning before I left the house for surgery: “Hey guys! Can you guys send lots of prayers up for me early this morning and all day long. I have surgery in a couple hours. I know God has this! The enemy is making me have a worried spirit but, I know God ultimately is my healer and father. He knows the plans he has for me! I put all my trust and faith in him! Jesus I call on you! Be by my side as I go through surgery today. Comfort my worried heart. I know you will take care of me and have great plans for me! Blanket my family in comfort as they have to watch patiently for me to have surgery and be released from surgery. Let us all come together to support each other in the scary time. In Your Mighty Name, AMEN!!!”
Wednesday the 23rd, I was discharged from the hospital. I posted this on Facebook: “Hey Inspiration Warriors! It is Alyssa here. I wanted to let you guys know that I was discharged and got home a couple hours ago. I have been getting situated in the house and getting comfortable. Took my medication. I got a sharp pain but caught it before it got really bad. Now I am just soar from surgery. I am also sleepy but, glad to be home! I praise God for letting me be able to be home with my wonderful family and having great doctor and nurses! Have a great night! Get some rest, I will be getting some much needed rest.”
Surgery went very well. While in the hospital they had a Physical Therapist came in and helpd me walk with a walker. I don’t have any strength in my left arm and my leg needs the same surgery the right got. So I really didn’t have much to work with. My right arm has lots of strength so they got me a right handed walker. I can put very little weight on my right leg (the one that had surgery). I walk with the left foot first, then push off lightly with the right and hold on to the walker. It felt good to be up and walking but my leg was super sore. I did get the hang of it though. I have to make sure I keep the strength in my legs.
As of now I am still very sore. I am home with my family and that is all that matters! I was able to be home for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I was really worried that I wouldn’t be. I thank God that everything went well. God is so good!
I thank you all who prayed and are still praying for me. I still have six months of healing. I also have more surgeries to go to fix what the chemotherapy and steroids caused. There is power in prayer! God has taken care of me and always will. I am thankful to my family for helping me through this and being by my side. Please continue to pray for me! All prayers are welcome.