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I managed to slip over on 6-November-2015 and fracture the femoral head of my right hip. This blog is just to keep friends and relatives up-to-date with my recovery. It also will show where the NHS is good and where there is opportunity to improve. If you click the images tab (above) there are a few images of the break before and after the repair.

Update 10-June-2016 - sadly the femoral head has avascular necrosis and a total hip replacement will be carried out on 15-June-2016

I am home in Stoke Bruerne

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Day 26

I have a couple of important meetings today - the main one is trying to find out when the meeting will be that discusses my longer term care (back to my BA days where we always seemed to have meetings about meetings!). That will follow the decision weight bearing / non-weight bearing. I feel I need a 'friend' with me, who understands my circumstances, and can help me make the right calls about the future. I am very anxious that I am not placed somewhere where visiting and getting clothes washed becomes a challenge. The other issue we must address is the seemingly on again/off again Vitamin D requirement. The consultant has said I must have it but it's never been prescribed and there's a huge amount of smoke and mirrors around that. I know I am experiencing times of being really quite anxious about the future and some of the anxiousness may be as a result of the Vitamin D deficiency I am told I have.

I have been told that the issue about Vitamin D is in the 'Doctors' book' but the nurses are unsure if the doctor will come today because of the confusion over the suspended Junior Doctors' strike. Likewise PALS are not sure if Amanda will find time to see me today - frustrated may be the understatement of the day.

A lovely visit this morning from my friend James from next door who returned to the UK last night after three weeks away photographing the Brazilian and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix and the Bahrain World Endurance Car event. James is kindly going to run my car for a while to ensure the battery is kept fully charged and it is warmed through, likewise he is going to spend the night in my house to ensure everything is working as expected.

I have received an e-mail that says I was involved in a meeting last Friday about my immediate future - nothing of the sort happened that I was part of.

In case anyone is thinking of visiting on Friday (4-December) I am planning to be in Stoke Bruerne on that day arriving about 11:00 and leaving around 15:00. One of the things I am hoping to do is to see Bob The Blacksmith and see if he has some ideas about a bannister down the inside of my stairwell.

Did the meetings that were planned happen? - my expectation was they wouldn't and my expectations have been satisfied.  I really fail to understand, even on a day when a planned Junior Doctors' strike was suspended, how a hospital of the standing of NGH manages to run itself. So I remain unsure what the issue is on Vitamin D and I don't know if there will be a 'round table' meeting after my fracture clinic appointment to ensure my short-term future is a partnership between myself and the NHS or it is a dictatorial statement from NGH and the NHS.  I remain unduly anxious and the simple matter is that the current situation is not remotely good enough.

A lovely visit this evening from Vicky just as I was getting agitated with the nurse who wanted to delay any discussion about Vitamin D until tomorrow.  It is being delayed until tomorrow but only after a good 10 minutes of investigation into why no information has been forthcoming - the simple answer is my notes (the big thick file held at the nurses station) and the discussions I have had with the Geriatric Consultant are at odds!

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