Updated on 5/13/2020
Updates from Jay Barsin
Health Status #4 Update Summarizing – New Right Hip Scheduled in-for 10 June
My #2 update was in the Christmas letter and had me gradually picking up household chores, decorating and enjoying the holidays as post left hip re-construction. Post-holiday I was looking forward to rejoining LA Fitness to build body strength, restarting golf and dancing with Carol (as opposed to being supported by her as I was forced to do at our Clubs Christmas party. I was game for Sanibel in January (flying) but as it turns out (fortunately) Carol did not feel up to it as the combination of Christmas parties, entertainment and my requirements placed a large load upon Carol and she needed downtime, as did I.
Today is 1st of May 2020 –One year ago boarding the “Brilliance” for a cruise to Amsterdam; a half year since I returned to Charlotte to rehab the “left” hip My muscle strengthening work outs were going well; The 3/4 year post prostrate blood check results indicated I am cancer free BUT PSA (a marker) rising just to the point where the standard blood test could detect it.. In June it will be a year and if the PSA stays down. Wow! All was good but on the 7 th of March in a routine workout in the gym I must have done something really wrong as two days later my body went into some kind of lockdown. The MRIs, Scans, X-rays tools typically available, of course are not. Two virtual visits served to get the teams attention which in turn provided pain killers and support for the need to open some facilities for non-pandemic victims. My orthopedic team attempted to find a cause/effect/treatment that could support “cause” for the pain. My diet was augmented immediately by drugs prescribed for earlier injuries which I recycled to this current need…. Ibuprofen, Oxycodone, and Motrin. MOST Intel brain function went to sleep but there was this nagging sense of loss-St Patrick’s day where was it? And many other things. Carol kindly chalked it up to early Dementia. with the added spice of an old man’s desire for attention,
Heat, ice, pain killers and pain have now 1 May come into a balance where some mental (greatly reduced pain killer consumption) function has emerged and results with a clearer thought process Access to CAD, MRI and Other indicates I do need a new right hip. Our state has released much of the hospital resources reserved for Pandemics (effective 5 May) and I have been offered a new hip date of June 10th I am a go!! Placing hold on the other possibilities. 40 days later or July 20 plan is to recover at Breezy Point as I did 3 years ago when the first left hip was retired. This time I will take it slow and steady.
Stay tuned and once again I thank you all for your support.
Update from Jay:
I am back in Charlotte and appreciate hearing from you! Re-union feedback was nothing but excellent and regret not being able to make it. You the team did an outstanding job and with the "after action" reports I did enjoy a feeling of closeness.
As for me-its 90 days since my incident and yesterday at a follow up with my ORTHO team they were pleased with alignment and femur heal. I have a green light to start loading on the rebuild left hip. Long (est since Sept 29th) walk for me was today (about 1/2 mile) and target is to do that at least 5 days week increasing a 1/4 mile per week. With the exercise of today my muscles are looser and I am optimistic.
Life is great and worst case is I do not see you until 2024.
Dear Friends and Family,
Tomorrow Carol will pick me up in Valley Stream, Nassau County Long Island, NY, from the Orzac Rehabilitation Center, a piece of the NORTHWELL Health system. I still have some weeks of rehab ahead but those can be completed at home-I am functional with a walker, wheel chair etc. but due to the complexity of the femur reconstruction I am limited to maximum 10% weight loading on my repaired left leg 8 weeks. I am providing a lot more detail below than anyone needs or probably wants but I wanted to get some of this down on paper. We have had our cottage here all of my life but have been really fortunate in the fact we have never suffered a major accident (knocking on wood) here. So no network of systems, doctors etc to turn to. Medicare/UHC/AARP really made the administration side easy..I can recall having to fill out reams of paper prior to being examined in the ERs not so long ago. Along the journey incompence as well as excellence was encountered but it has worked out better than I could have hoped for. Your cards, letters, phone calls, visits and general support has been fantastic for me. Thank you for caring it has made of the difference.
On the 27 th of September I had slipped off our Breezy Pt cottage roof while attempting to install a rain guard on our new gas fired hot water heater exhaust stack. I was unable to maintain sufficient drag (or friction) between my clothing and the asphalt shingles. Free fall approximately 9 feet to our concrete deck resulted in a fractured femur and failed artificial hip-left side.
In the six weeks since the event Dr. S Boraiah, (Professor Orthopedic Surgery at the Zucker school of Medicine), a highly skilled surgeon removed the original and installed a new replacement insert. Then pieced together the fractured femur, tying the package with several levels of stainless cable, stapling the 3 foot long opening in leg and rear end. Our experience here suggests that you follow the skill-In this area of Long Island our surgeon is connected to the North Coast Northwell University System in Manhassit.
Close Breezy with the help of our son, Joe 3, then to Annapolis for an visit with grandsons and Roberts Eagle Service Project and then to Charlotte planned arrival 12th. The drive would not be possible without the help of Joe 3 as main chauffeur and at both ends to assist in settling us in. Scott's visit to Breezy and hospital helped close Breezy and perked both Carol and I at a low point. Joanne (niece) helped pick me up off floor with friend Megan and meet other early needs under really emergency conditions as well as balancing her moms (Peggy Ann's Achilles recovery) needs.
Once again proving you need family, friends and professionals and I am most grateful you were there!