I can walk!
I am at CHOP for a five day round of chemo that ends late Monday. Dr. Balamuth arranged for me to start this round early (I usually start on Friday) because I had an appointment to see Dr. Dormans on Thursday so he could check on my progress to see if I could get part of this brace off.
My visit with Dr. Dormans was GREAT! He had me take my brace off and I got my examination with my brace completely off for the first time. It was such a relief to have that thing off. He looked at my incision and was really happy with how well it has healed. Most of the steri-strips had fallen off; there were only a dozen or so left. Dr. Dormans said that the rest of them were ready to come off (yeah!) and that I can shower and even get in the pool if I’m really careful (yeah!). Dr. Dormans has a new fellow (a "fellow" is a doctor training in a specialty, not a guy), Camelia Mattos, working with him. She and another fellow, Juan Pretell, assisted Dr. Dormans with examining my incision, cleaning up the glue from the steri-strips and getting my new X-Rays.
Dr. Dormans checked out my leg and hip. He checked how far I could lift it (easy peezy) and he checked to see if I had any pain if he turned my leg from side to side (nope). He had me stand up to check if I had any pain (nope again) and had me sit without my brace on… all good. He was happy to see how easy it was for me to take a few steps with my crutches and no brace.