Breaking a leg is never fun, especially when it happens thousands of miles away from home. Having done so, I embark on a path of weakness, and out of that weakness find strength

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  • 01 Embarking on a Path of Weakness
    on Nov 4, 2013
    As soon as I hit the ground, the sickening realization hit me. --My leg was broken.It wasn’t the sound of the bone snapping or even the immediate pain that impacted me the most, but rather the realization that I was close to passing out. I knew tha...
  • 117 - Unscrewed
    on Nov 4, 2013
    I just had the last piece of metal -- a screw that joined the main bone that I broke -- removed from my leg, roughly 2 years after it was first put in. (See at right one of my original x-rays from Peru, showing this screw, the one at the angle.)And t...
  • 116 - A Fresh Wave of Thankfulness
    on Nov 4, 2013
    Sometimes it takes realizing how bad things could have been to make you realize how blessed you are.I saw a heavy set man in a wheelchair, sporting a big black fiberglass cast on his leg, just like the one I had. So I decided to g...
  • 115 - Overview of my Path of Weakness
    on Nov 4, 2013
    In February 2005, I had emergency surgery in Peru 12 hours after my accident took place, where metal pins were drilled into the bone to re-join together both bones in my right leg.These external pins were removed in July, meaning I had this "major bo...
  • 114 - Hiking in the Hills Again
    on Nov 4, 2013
    In the morning when I first get out of bed, I do leg stretches to get my leg mobile for walking, as I otherwise I still limp at first until I get warned up.In an earlier entry I wrote that I walk “a two-mile walk along a country road. It’s painfu...
  • 112 - Cyber-Catharsis
    on Nov 4, 2013
    [Excerpt of a Washington Post article] Walker White never kept a diary, but when his wife, Lindsay, was diagnosed with lymphoma in April, he started a Web log.What began as a message center about tests, spinal taps and diagnoses evolved into a k...
  • 113 - Internal Screw and Scar Tissue
    on Nov 4, 2013
    After a hiatus of a few months, I get new x-rays done on my leg, for my doctor to view. Good news, in that solid bone growth continues.I still have one internal screw left in my leg, the one they used to make the first basic joint on the main bone. I...
  • 111 - Doctors can be wrong
    on Nov 4, 2013
    The following from an AP article is a good reminder that doctors can be wrong, and unfortunately, frequently are."New research highlights a frustrating fact about science: What was good for you yesterday frequently will turn out to be not so great to...
  • 110 - Heel-Toe-Heel-Toe
    on Nov 4, 2013
    From the time one passes from toddler stage, you never have to consciously think about walking again –it just comes natural. However, learning to walk again as an adult does take thinking about it, concentrating in fact.Again, I have found that fro...
  • 109 - Duck and Pigeon Walk
    on Nov 4, 2013
    The manifest results in my leg muscles are two-fold. One is that what you do not use, you lose. Not only muscle mass but especially muscle coordination. Involuntary muscles just kind of quit volunteering to work with you.Second, from lying in bed so...
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