While I was back in Virginia yesterday morning, I went by the nursing home in Louisa to see Frank. He was chipper and wearing a Studebaker truck T-shirt! He said that for the first time since his knee replacement almost 2 years ago his leg is pain free and he is optimistic about killing the infection that has dogged him for that period of time.
He has no knee in his right leg, rather a "peg" that is slowly dispensing antibiotics. The leg is in a brace and while he can't bend or put weight on his leg, he can move it around and wiggle his toes.
As it stands now he will be re-evaluated on June 6th (his anniversary) and if the doctor is convinced the infection is gone he will be scheduled for a new knee, probably the following week. Once that is done he will remain in the hospital for 3-4 days and then be transferred back to the nursing home for a couple of weeks of therapy before being discharged.
Once home he will visit a physical therapist a couple of miles from his house several days a week. His goal is to be able to fully walk the grounds and see all the cars at the show at Chester Bradfield's the second Sunday in October.
He was very appreciative of all the cards and calls that he has received from the STF and STT families. While I do not anticipate being back in Virginia and seeing him before Field Day of the Past in September, I will keep the group updated on his progress.
Posted on May 27, 2012, 9:48 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52