Elizabeth had surgery last Wednesday to correct a hip area fracture. The fracture was opposite, or next to the area where cancer had metastasized to her upper leg area. She had a metal bar inserted down inside her upper leg and another bar into the ball socket entering her pelvis. The surgeon said he had to reinforce the leg with the metal bar because of her past experience with cancer in that area. Ironically, when he went into her leg he found no evidence of cancer and that the spot on the X-ray that glowed white was bone that was extremely hard. He said it was so hard he couldn't even get a scraping for a biopsy. Although, it was much harder than normal bone, he stated that it could be hard and brittle (little peanut brittle), which can easily break. He had no way of knowing.
She was in the hospital for about a week and moved to a rehab center nearby. From what we can estimate, she will be in the rehab center for about a week to two weeks. Before she can leave, she needs to learn to walk with a walker, or cane and able to climb stairs (in order to go to bed). It is a learn to walk all over again. Her spirits are high and she knows that with the pain of physical therapy, there will be no gain. I know from experience, physical therapy hurts! She gets therapy twice a day, for one hour each time.
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