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Old 03-29-2008, 06:57 PM   #1
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Surgery update

Well, as I promised, I'm back to update everyone on my progress. As some of you know I was injured in Afghanistan on the 18th and sent back to the States with a short stay in Germany. They performed the surgery on the 25th here at Fort Riley, Ks. Luckily, the surgeon was very confident that subsequent surgeries won't be necessary. I am now the proud owner of 12 titanium screws, 1 titanium lag bolt, a titanuim rod and plate, and a ton of stitches to get everything put back together again in my leg/ankle/foot. I'm currently staying with my parents who live less than an hour and a half from Riley. I'll be here for the next week before reporting to my new medical unit for follow-up appointments. I was hoping to get under that Jeep of mine and get at least the body lift installed, if not that and the suspension, but I think that was a little optimistic. I'm not getting under anything soon. I'm looking at 6 weeks MINIMUM of non-weight bearing healing before they'll even think about letting me put some weight on that leg. Oh well, that's just more time for me to think about how cool she's gonna look with her new suspension and height and treads.
OK, so gotta go, but promised some of you I'd keep updates posted. I'm trying to get some copies of the x-rays with all the new hardware installed. If I do get some, I'll scan them and post them up....they're pretty funny.
Morale is good......pain is in check......optimism is there......now just gotta heal!!!!!

Also.....for all of you who have written in with your kind words.....I want to thank you personally. Every time I read your words of support, I get teary-eyed. Your support means the world to me....and I truly mean that.

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Old 03-29-2008, 07:02 PM   #2
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Sounds like you got more cool hardware than your Jeep.

Glad to hear everything went well! Even though my knee surgery wasn't as bad as yours, they still had me on crutches for a good 5 weeks. It sucks, and wait till you go to therapy... those guys are brutal!

Take it easy and heal fast!

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Old 03-29-2008, 07:15 PM   #3
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Titanium Lag Bolt?!?!?!?!! How cool is that... Is there a wingnut on the end of the lag?? Did they use a tourque wrench????

I'm glad you're doing well Cavey, very glad. Take it easy and get better. The lift and the jeep will still be there in six weeks and you'll heal so much better if you don't push it.

Don't forget, you promised pictures.
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Old 03-29-2008, 07:22 PM   #4
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Glad your surgery went well, rehab ought to be fun. But, I'm sure you'll do fine at that too. 6 weeks isn't all that long.
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first off let me say THANX! FOR SERVING!!
God speed young man. hope you make a complete recovery!
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Old 03-29-2008, 07:37 PM   #6
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Glad to hear everything went well, rehab will be tough but do what they say and you will be better in no time. Thanks for your service.
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Jordan, you are truly a hero to me and my family. I have shared your story with my wife and kids (son-9, daughter-6) and they are wishing you well and will be watching this tread for updates. Thank you again for your service and your eagerness to get healed and get back to your team. Don't push the recovery, listen to the doctors and you will be back in the field real soon.

Again, best wishes to you and a quick healing time.
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Old 03-30-2008, 12:30 AM   #8
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You're the new resident bionic man! I'm glad you're happy and feeling better. I hope the healing process goes well and swift for you. You're gonna get killer disability when you get out!
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Old 03-30-2008, 12:31 AM   #9
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You're the new resident bionic man! I'm glad you're happy and feeling better. I hope the healing process goes well and swift for you. You're gonna get killer disability when you get out!
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x100 man, glad your doing well. You are an inspiration to my family, and friends. I am adopted, my birth father was supposedly a USMC, my real father is a Vietnam vet, and all my guy friends are USMC except 2 army. You make THEM teary eyed when they read YOUR story. Thank you again for what you do, and keep healing well!
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glad it wnet well adn good luck with the recovery process!
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Old 03-30-2008, 02:02 AM   #12
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thanks for the update!
I'm glad to hear that you are doing ok
I know I said it before, but thank you for serving. I honestly mean that, I appreciate everything you do
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Old 03-30-2008, 11:05 AM   #13
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Thanks again for everyone's support. They're saying that it'll be 6 weeks minimum before they can even START physical therapy, and a total recovery time of 8 months to a year and a half.....probably the long end of the spectrum for the job I do. There's even a possibility that my sniper days are at an end. (For the government, at least) It's a terribly physically demanding job, so I've got a LONG ways to heal before getting back to where I once was. The surgeon was optimistic that I'd be able to function as an upright human again, but was skeptical about my recovery back to my level of fitness and health prior to the incident. He was quick to point out that people heal differently, and that I should remain optimistic that I even have a leg for him to operate on....so I guess that puts it into perspective.....

One day at a time. Nothing's changed inside me.....just have a new hurdle to overcome. The best that will happen is that the healing process goes great and I have no long-term affects and I can regain my job as senior sniper for the team. Worse comes to absolute worst......I can move back to Florida and get back into teaching technical cavediving. Doesn't sound like too bad of an option, huh? Gotta have an escape plan......in every aspect of life...
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Good to see you are doing good and on the road to recovery! Glad to see you're in good spirits and optimistic. Just sit back and take it easy for the next few weeks untill your therapy starts. Hopefully you will make a full recovery and you can do all the things you want to do. My prayers are with you. Thanks again for your service. You are a true HERO!

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Old 03-31-2008, 10:55 PM   #15
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With all that hardware they put in your leg, I hope they installed new bump stops and maybe even long arms. Keep us posted on your progress.
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Sounds like your attitude is going to be the biggest help in the healing process! I am just blown away that you can be so optimistic after everything you've been through! I need to take "optimism lessons" from the new bionic man!

Thanks for all you do and good luck on a speedy recovery!
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Old 04-01-2008, 04:24 PM   #17
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Your outlook is the best and an inspiration to me. It makes it hard to bitch about problems at work or home. Keep up that attitude and you'll heal like a champ. Remember, chicks dig scars!
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Old 04-02-2008, 07:56 AM   #18
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Good luck on your recovery. Your prognosis seems very positive so hold onto that. Perhaps a carrer in professional shooting?

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