Friday, November 07, 2008


I am sitting here at my parents place, in my old room - the one I lived in for 4 months during my initial recovery. The memories are flooding back. The sound of the crutches sticking to the hardwood floors, creating a clunking beat that is oh so familiar. The pillow on the chair in the kitchen to prop my leg up. The bags of ice. The bloody gauze (really bloody this time around). The containers of meds. The smell of toast with margarine....

I honestly thought that this surgery was going to be a breeze. Maybe it will be in a couple of days, but today it is more intense than I initially thought it would be. I am in a lot of pain. My leg is swollen and tight. My toes are stained yellow from the surgery. My leg is a little prickly from the hair that is trying to grow back after the stink cream burned it off.

I guess deep down I thought that I would get the plate out and everything would instantly be better, but that is not the case. This is going to be a battle and I don't think I adequately prepared myself to be tough. I woke up this morning and wanted to bend my leg so bad, but couldn't because I could feel the skin was taught and my knee was aching. It's almost as if my leg got slammed with a hammer and the aftermath is a bleeding, swollen and throbbing mess.

I'm going to take it easy for the next couple of days. A little R and R never hurts. I have a lot of movie watching to do! If you have any recommendations then please let me know. I am planning on checking out 'Iron Man' tomorrow night. I'm excited because I heard it's a gooder.

There's something else I wanted to mention. I had another flood of memories come rushing back to me yesterday at the hospital. I actually got a little emotional. I could feel the lump in my throat and my eyes welled up. Pain of another sort sank into my heart. When I was signing in at the admissions desk I had to answer all of the standard questions. Age, height, address, etc. Well, the last time I was at the hospital I had a different address. I was almost starting to forget that chapter in my life. But having to face this head on made me realize that so much has changed since last year at this time and it caught me off guard. Even though my mom was there as my trusted assistant (Love you mom!), I couldn't help but feel a little alone. Support of family and friends is so important and special, but it's just not the same as having someone that is 'your world' there to hold your hand. The lady asked me if a certain someone was still my emergency contact. Gulp. No, she isn't. But then I thought to myself that if I really needed her to be, she would be there in an instant. I know that for sure.

Life is ever changing, ever evolving and constantly moving forward. Once in a while though, you experience a moment when you look back and really miss what was.


ps- I got my plate and the 4 screws that were in my leg (I thought I only had 2!). I'll take a photo and post it when I have my camera handy. It's really cool to think that they were in me less than 24 hours ago.


Anonymous said...

I think you've been so strong throughout and now you need the time to relax and hopefully your leg will be better than before in a few days!
It is sad when special people leave us, but sometimes its just for the better. Deep inside it makes us stronger and better people, even though it hurts to think about them..

p.s - waiting for the pic of the screws!!

Maria said...

Hm, the smell of toast with margarine reminds me of sleepovers at my granny's as a little girl. Weird how memories are stirred.

Glad to hear you got to keep the plate! 4 screws, eh? Calls for an extra-nice shadow box.

It's no Iron Man, but if you're in the mood for something more mellow after all that action, 'Once' is a great film.

Take it easy; to a thorough recovery. =)

Dana et al said...

take care Kyle
this too shall pass, and as usual you will shine through
thinking of you in Vegas

track_star said...

hang in there Kyle. It will all be worth it in the end! Stay positive (as hard as it may be)

Rick said...

Enjoy the flat-on-your-back time.

Iron Man is great. Not as good as the last Batman, though.

And get well soon.

Diana said...

If you want a movie that will make you laugh, see 'Death at a Funeral'. I haven't had that much fun watching a movie in a long time. If, on the other hand, you are in the mood for something mysterious, get 'Awake'; it is full of interesting surprises.

More importantly, be well.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing, not just the events in yur amazing life, but yor emotional responces as well! You are one rare individual! I wish you well in your recovery. some times a little "flat on yur back time" can be a good for putting everything into perspective.

Jeremiah Andrews said...

Hello Kyle,
I've been following your blog since the games in Beijing. I send you my thoughts and positive energy for a speedy recovery. You've come through so much already. Like others have said, "This Too Shall Pass."

Rest easy, be good to yourself. Canadians are behind you.

Jeremy in Montreal

altadore mom said...

Here's best wishes for a speedy recovery. Your comments about your emerg contact brought back memories to me too - been there, done that. Still, the next time I went back, (I have a bum knee too), and went through the whole check in process, I was able to give them my Husband as my contact. It all works out in the end and good things come to those who deserve. Take care...