Riding home Sunday night I took the back of the car; with the seats down I had the area set up as a nice comfortable bed. It was a long day and I had all I could take. It wasn’t long before I dozed off into a semi sleep. I did have to go to the bathroom but not so badly that I couldn’t wait 45 minutes until we got back to the hotel. That’s why I was baffled when my pants were suddenly soaked. Did I just have an accident!!? At first I was humiliated, then I realized that this was blood. Earlier in the day at the Muir Beach scenic overlook, I accidentally planted my crutch on a wet wooden plank and it slipped right out from under me. To catch myself from falling I planted my bad leg firmly on the ground. That’s when I felt a sharp pinch in my thigh around my sutures. I didn’t notice the blood until I was soaked in the car, but started to wonder if it was visible the entire time we were in the restaurant.
My leg continued to slowly ooze through the night. It was actually soothing because it was relieving all of the pressure that had accumulated and eliminated a lot of the discomfort. When I woke up yesterday morning, I immediately checked the leak rate to find that it stopped. I was actually a little disappointed because it had been easing all of the painful pressure. I stood up and that’s when it happened, a full scale blowout! It was just like a Saturday Night Live skit where blood started to continuously spirt out. It was no longer a leak, but a full scale loss of blood. As I stood there in shock, Shannon yelled “put some pressure on it!” After losing a LOT of fluid, we contacted Dr. O’Keefe. His original concern with the surgery was that the area will not heal as well because the skin was radiated and is under a lot of pressure from my backed up lymphatic system. Looks like this may end up being a problem. Question is now what? Needless to say yesterday was another zero day.
On the upside I had an opportunity to lay around and watch the NCAA Tournament while Mom and Shannon picked Aaron up from the airport. The highlight was watching Florida State beat Notre Dame with Aaron, which I had taken a gamble on in his honor. I have been informed that I am now in the lead for the Auble Family pool!