Where am I

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

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Day 24

Well, I don't think it has happened to me for 40 years, but I didn't wake up this morning until just after 7:30 - I am nearly always awake in time to have gone downstairs, made a cup of tea, and be back in bed to enjoy it by 06:15 so not to be compus mentus (well am I ever?) until after 07:30 is really quite an occasion.

Reminiscing on yesterday I thought my little part in the celebrations was lovely - thank you to everyone who organised it. And well done Sculptor for making it to such a venerable age when your estimated life span was probably not more than 30.

I had a lovely phone call yesterday from my friend (and former chiropractor when I lived in Woking) Callum Sibbald about the huge importance of Vitamin D.  Callum said he couldn't over emphasise the importance of Vitamin D for each and every one of us.  I shall see what the medicos suggest tomorrow but if necessary I shall purchase my own - I hope I don't need to.

Someone left a comment on this post about sunshine being a good supplier of Vitamin D.  I do spend a huge amount of time outside in the sun (when it shines of course) albeit I do, as a Kiwi, always wear a sunhat after having had a basal cell carcinoma removed 18 months ago.  I think as one gets older that one's ability to convert Vitamin D into Ceratonin can flag so may be that's the reason.  I'll check things out tomorrow and see what the story is.

A very quiet day today, I did find yesterday quite tiring yesterday mainly because I have been cuddled up in a warm hospital environment and yesterday was my first, for three weeks, out in the wet, cold and windy weather.

A lovely visit from Mikey P last night.  Mike is very keen that I eat properly once I am allowed home!


  1. According to the NHS we get most of our vitamin D from sunlight on our skin. I prescribe a holiday.

  2. Kathryn,
    I am grieved to read of your fracture and the debacle of the NHS under which you are struggling to get better. As a Master Herbalist I have two suggestions for you:
    1. Our bodies do indeed make vitamin D but we must sit our in the sun with some skin (bare arms are good) exposed for 15 minutes daily during the summer months. Still one's body cannot manufacture vitamin D from sunshine unless our skin has a sheen of sebum or oil on it. Modern humans are far too clean and often immersed in sun block. So when you feel sweaty and a bit grubby, that it the time to sit out ans soak up some Vitamin D! Mushrooms are just like humans in this respect, so if you like mushrooms, up your intake of them but before you eat them let them sit outside uncovered in the sun for 15 minutes and they will manufacture and store vitamin D until you can eat them.
    2. You may be familiar with Comfrey--it grows all over along the canals. Its folk name is knit bone for a very good reason: in the days before modern surgery if someone broke a bone or had a deep cut, it was scrupulously cleaned and then a poultice of Comfrey leaf was laid in it. Comfrey will call white blood cells to an injury site and assist one's body in doubling the rate of cell growth. Google Knit bone and all kinds of helpful sites will come up for you.
    Wishing you a speedy recovery,
    Jaqueline Biggs
    NB Valerie


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