Obviously, I haven't been back here very much lately. It's nothing directly related to the surgery. Just the crazy hecticness that is my daily life, as I've been totally overloaded with work...plus sending tons of time in the gym and at PT.
How many CM did you do?
What was your starting height and how much did you lengthen?
Apologies guys, for my delayed response. I have been really trying to find old my x-rays and final CT from before frame removal. It might sound ludicrous, but I don't know exactly
how much I lengthened. Here's the rundown of what I do know:
- My afternoon/evening height was roughly 5'5-1/4" (165.7cm) in 2013 before LL
- I turned over 101mm:
Yeah yeah, don't freak out guys. I wasn't actually stupid enough to lengthen 10cm. As I've written here and there, I had a TON of turn loss, due to pin bending. To ease my mind (and intense data lust) of what was going on, I kept measurements of the distance between pins in my top and bottom rings:
- The latest X-ray I had, 8 days before frame removal, showed gains of 7.8R and 7.6L
- IIRC, the CT I had the week of frame removal showed 7.3cm (can't remember a R-L difference)
- Dr. Sringari said he measured 7.6cm gap in the FR surgery (04/17/14)
- X-Rays in May 2014, about 2 weeks after FR, showed 7.9cm in the AP, and 7.9cm on the R and 7.8cm on the L in the Lateral view.
Remember though, as I mentioned WAAAY back when I got those first few x-rays in 2K14, the radiology guys at Privat Hospital were overestimating our gains, due to the magnification. The comparison to the wrenches we taped to our legs proved that.
I also had a huge scare with a bump developing on my R tibia in the middle of lengthening. That led me to (partially) back-turn for a while. I'll have to discuss that, as well as the measurements/comparisons of my eventual height when I got home, in later episodes. (I know, I know, yet another
Wow, I can't believe I FINALLY gave away my stats. And here I always thought I would leave THIS as my final answer to that line of questioning:
Ooh, a unique diary, love it!
What's your height and general stats if you don't mind me asking?
I knew I'd hafta give up some personal details eventually. There's a post swirling around my head in which I'm figuring just how much I can divulge and still remain fully incognito. So...stats to come. In the meantime, maybe this will give you a rough idea:
those look like some nasty scars. :/
, I can see why you and a lot of people think that. Personally, scars have never bothered me. I have tons all over my body from various injuries over the years. These ones from LL are just adding to the pile. Though on the other foot (haha), I do sometimes envy the hirsute guys, whose LL evidence are better hidden in the hairy moss. Whenever I go out in shorts (pretty much every day in CA), it's inevitable for people to wonder WTF happened to me.
And staples always look bad at first. I think the general concensus of why docs use them instead of sutures is because the scars will eventually be less noticeable with stapling. It's also faster, but I doubt any self-respecting surgeon would sacrifice a patient's well-being just for speed's sake. But yeah, it seemed pretty ghastly at first.
My ex's kids were calling me "Frankenstein", and I certainly got a lot of attention at the gym...as if hobbling around on crutches to workout didn't garner me enough already.
any theories surrounding why your bones didn't consolidate?
In case you missed it earlier, I had asked my NewOrtho if he thought it was my age and he said no, he didn't think that was it. He suggested that my Vitamin D levels might be a factor and ordered a blood test. I then thought that was maybe because I don't get outside and absorb much sunlight, but he told me that studies have shown that Vitamin D deficiency is just as prevalent here in California as it is in bad climates where the sun is not omnipresent.
So after that first consult (02/09/16), Doc had me start taking an additional 5000IU of Vitamin daily -- and I was already taking that daily Calcium tab that included 800IU, twice a day -- for a new daily total of 6600IU
The Vitamin D25 test I got back in February had shown a level of 21 ng/mL. This is the one that was run on May 17th:
So, I'm within normal sufficiency now, although still on the bottom end of the 30-100 scale. At my second consult with him, NewOrtho had actually said one of my options to address the non-union -- short of surgery -- would have been just to see if the increased Vitamin D would get the callus going. But I was WAY too impatient for that. Two-plus years of crappy "lobbling" was more than enough for this lifetime!
I've reading as much as I can about hormones and bone growth*. I had no idea that Vitamin D is not a vitamin, but actually a hormone:https://depts.washington.edu/bonebio/ASBMRed/hormones.html1,25 dihydroxyvitamin D is an active hormone which is produced by the kidney, under the control of PTH, from precursors of dietary vitamin D intake and UV skin-production of vitamin D. It is not really a vitamin, but the name was given many years ago, before anybody knew the function of this molecule. Vitamin D receptors are present in bone, kidney, intestines, and other cells. The chemical name is 1,25-dihydroxy-cholecalciferol, and it:
- promotes gastrointestinal absorption of calcium and phosphorus.
- is necessary for bone mineralization.
- stimulates bone resorption when given in high doses.http://www.scielo.cl/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0717-95022007000200025&lng=en&nrm=iso&ignore=.html
This stuff is VERY complex -- and it seems the research is still evolving -- but there is indeed a connection between some hormones and bone growth, specifically the process of (bone-resorbing) osteoclasts and (bone-building) osteoblasts. *
Lastly, my sleep patterns have always been VERY bad. I've read/listened to some endocrinologists' blogs and podcasts lately and it's pretty distressing to learn how much I've been messing with my body's natural HGH production by: 1) not getting enough sleep and 2) going to sleep so late every night. Remember how your parents used to say you have to get your sleep or you won't grow up big and tall? It's actually true. Last year, I remember Patient 6 suggesting that I get myself some HGH. I asked my FormerOrtho about it and he didn't know if it would help. I even considered getting some myself of the Dark Web, but now that I've read a bit more about it, I'm VERY glad I didn't. It seems taking synthetic HGH can inhibit the body's own production of it...on top of the other well-known side effects. ** BIGFAKER'S STANDING DISCLAIMER: I am not now, nor have I ever been a doctor or legitimate medical researcher, nor have I ever played one on the Interwebs...and I did not, as best as I can recall, stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
TO MY DAD (though there's an infinitesimal chance he would ever read this): For better or for worse, I wouldn't be who I am today if not for you. I inherited your short stature, but so many other traits that I couldn't imagine myself without.
Happy Father's Day, Pops.
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