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Today has marked 1 week since surgery. The first week post op can be summed up in one word: PAINFUL.
This past week has been challenging to say the least from our everyday movements like going to the restroom to walking up/down the stairs. Each day moving forward has been little steps of progress for her.

Below is her knee 5 days after surgery. Still a lot of swelling going on which will last a few months (everyone is different). Compression stockings will help with the swelling. I kept telling her she has a pregnant woman’s foot.

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Compared to what I’ve been expecting there’s very minimal bruising, just on the back of her knee (not pictured) and a whole lot of internal healing going on.

We met with Dr. Ellis today for her first follow up and to get her stitches removed. Julie (her nurse) let her take out the stitches on her own. She definitely put her brave face on.

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Julie went over several home exercises for her to do while we wait on her first Physical Therapy appointment. I could tell she had some hesitation using her leg muscles when Julie asked her to demonstrate the exercises while she was there. Dr. Ellis couldn’t have a better nurse than her! I told her we were going to take her home with us. She was constantly reminding Chy to walk “heel to toe” and put weight on that foot, something she’s been dreading.

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Dr. Ellis came into the office with another copy of the pictures during surgery. He explained to Chyanna in a very clear way (better than I did) of what he did during surgery so she would get an idea of the amount of internal healing going on. He shaved off part of her bone since there was a narrow passage way to make room for the new ACL. Everything he said just made me cringe!

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We had a few questions coming into this first visit but one of our questions that got answered was pertaining to Football season. Chy has already missed this year’s cheer camp that happened the day following her surgery. Mandatory practices started TODAY for cheer season as well. Dr. Ellis told us she will not be cleared until February 2017…

That puts her out the entire year!

While she is pretty upset missing the whole year of cheer, I know this is for the best. Her health is our main priority. We are forever grateful for Dr. Ellis!

Her coaches were so sweet and shared a video that made for Chyanna during cheer camp letting her know how much they missed her.


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The biggest thing we’ve learned so far from this surgery has been to ICE AND ELEVATE, constantly! I’ve replaced her ice machine with frozen water bottles instead of ice. This has lasted a lot longer compared to the ice and saves room in the freezer! Her ice machine has been on the entire time since surgery pretty much with only a few breaks in-between.


Yesterday was the worst day this past week. Wednesday night she was having trouble with the pain so I suggested she take a sleeping pill. We consulted with a nurse, who’s our dear friend and she said just use half of the dosage. She slept pretty good but did wake up with an intense pain. Sticking to the scheduled pain medication guideline has been key but still seems like she would need more at times. I remind her it’s not going to block 100% of the pain but majority of it.

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Following her surgery I was told by one of the nurses that she should get her physical therapy started up pretty soon (today to be exact) but we’re starting all of that next week. That should be interesting and I’m a little nervous for her considering the pain I’ve seen her in just moving from the bed to the restroom.

Yesterday we could take off the dressing from surgery (48 hours post op) but as soon as I released the leg brace and ice wrap, the pressure she felt was intense. We decided to wait another day and see how she felt when she woke up.

She’s been limited to what she can do. Bathing (submerging her body into water) is not an option right now and swimming is definitely out of the question until the end of next month. Last night she sat down in front of the bathtub and laid her head over the top and I washed her hair that way.

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Passing the time away.

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Still beautiful as ever!

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August 2nd she will go see Dr. Ellis for a follow up and get her stitches removed. We unveiled her scars today (photos below). The knee still is pretty swollen and definitely hurts. We wrapped it back up after these photos and we’ll see what Dr. Ellis has to say on Tuesday!

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Feeling ain’t healing. Time is healing!

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Monday, July 26th,2016 6:00am

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Today was the day that I began to dread. Something as simple as a minor ACL surgery that Dr. Ellis has done for the past 20+ years was just another day in the office for him but for our family.. it was my first born baby having her first surgery. It was a whole new mindset on life itself.

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Vulnerability set in.
Not for her, but for me.

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We registered at the front desk, filled out all the paperwork and listened to the lady telling us how much we look alike. We joked, we laughed, but there was still nervousness within those voices. She was mentally preparing for what was coming. I kept asking her “Are you okay?” and she replied “Yes, I’m okay” and kept that big beautiful smile on her face.

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We waited for the anesthesiologist to come in and administer the nerve block. He pulled in his ultrasound machine and communicated with me on everything that he was doing while the nurse was reminding Chyanna to take in deep breaths since her breathing was slowing down so much with the pain medication.

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I sat in the corner, out of the way. Once they left the room, the nurses were wheeling her to the OR and I was on my way back to wait in the lobby. Dr. Ellis told me approximately 2 1/2 hours until they would come get me. Really depends on how the patient responds following surgery, some take longer to wake up than others and we all know Chy loves to sleep.

The next thing I remember is getting called to meet with Dr. Ellis and go over everything he did during surgery and a bunch of post-op info. He said her bones look GREAT and there was no tear within her meniscus. Definitely a plus so no added pain. Dr. Ellis chose to do an autograft (from the patient) on her since our bodies love their own DNA. Basically, what they did was place part of her hamstring in the ACL footprint that created her new ACL!

Females are 6x more likely to injure their ACL vs a young male!

She was given an ice machine to circulate the cool ice water throughout her entire leg/knee area. This is going to be a lifesaver!

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Here’s a few pictures below of the inside of her knee. The last image is her new ACL.

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Arriving home was probably the worst so far besides her waking up in so much pain and being nauseous. She was incredibly dizzy from all the pain medication and wasn’t fully awake to use her crutches to get up the steps to her room.

Once she was comfortably in her bed, we’ve been keeping her ice machine hooked up and loaded with new ice every hour. Medication given every 4 hours. She has done nothing but sleep.


It’s amazing how many people reach out to you when something like this happens. People that you feel are strangers that just want to make sure everything is okay.

Love heals!

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  • Chassati ThieleJuly 27, 2016 - 2:29 pm

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