Debbie has had a rough healthcare odyssey the past few years. In January 2019, she fell on black ice and broke her leg and ankle badly. She fell again in October of 2021 and now the hardware that was used to surgically repair her leg has malfunctioned, necessitating a third surgery - she’s been bedridden for the past 15-months. To get ready for the surgery, we are getting in front of several other health issues such as anemia, Hyponatremia, etc. Debbie was in the hospital for 11-days in late December and early January with low sodium and a bad gastro-area infection. Debbie had an iron infusion yesterday and overall, it seems to have gone well. Fingers crossed that 2023 is a year of recovery for our girl!
Debbie snapped this picture of Hope in bed with her. Since we lost our dear little Miss Cleo
dachshund in September, we’re trying to spend more time with Hope, who seems a bit depressed without her long-time buddy.
Sending wonderful birthday wishes to my beautiful, amazing and dare I say, much older wife - I can’t wait to get home from this trip to celebrate with you my love!
We had a strategic offsite to work on our three-year plan in Las Vegas and were able to take in a Golden Knights hockey match…
In January 2019, Debbie fell on black ice in front of our house. I was out of town but called an ambulance for her when Alex called me (after having him wrap her up in blankets and my heavy coat). The leg and ankle was broken and a series of surgeries were undertaken.
A few weeks after her last surgery, Debbie’s anemia and kidney issues caused Hyponatremia; she was in ICU for over two-weeks and nearly died.
The leg healed slowly, ultimately through usage, compression wrapping and a bone stimulator, she began to navigate decently, but it took 18-months.
In October of 2021, Debbie fell and broke the same leg again, in the bathroom, late one night/early one morning. This time, the bone pierced the skin. The surgeon wanted to pull out some of the hardware but a screw would not come out, disallowing him to insert a rod. After the surgery, the surgeon told me that if they had to do another surgery on that leg, they would have to cut her leg off.
After the surgery, she had months of intense seizures, but the leg began to heal to the point that she was biking on a stationary bike, but then she had a setback. We didn’t understand what caused the setback, but apparently, the loose screw allowed one of the plates to come up, which is why you see this deformed abnormal shape in her left shin area; the shape is a lot worse when she stands on the leg. The leg never healed appropriately and she needs to have a third, risky surgery. We are in the process of trying to take care of her anemia and kidney issues, get in front of the seizures that always come after a surgery (typically when she comes off of pain killers, post surgery), and to find a surgeon we have more confidence in.
Hopefully we can have the surgery with minimal side effects, she can get into physical therapy and the healing will be swift and fast - that’s never been our experience when it comes to Debbie’s health, but the way we look at it, she’s due!
Hello, I am Dan Buell. I live in Castle Rock, Colorado with my lovely wife Debbie and our two children, Alex and Flynn. I am the Chief Operating Officer for Decision Research Corp. and hold several Board positions. When not working or spending time with my family, I love being in nature, photography, the arts, traveling, etc.
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