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

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Day 44

I spent a lot of time yesterday walking on my crutches up and down the corridor and even down to the front door to say goodbye to Norman and Judith - a tiny bit of an ache this morning but nothing that won't walk off when I start my corridor patrols again a bit later on. I wonder if I could make any money with a 12v red light - judging by the state of the old men I have glimpsed in their rooms I don't think the cost of buying a small red light could be recouped!

It's a pity I can't practice on the back stairs here but I am not allowed to do that without Ram and his assistant being present and it is a weekend day.  Another manifestation of how the the NHS stops at weekends and in this case effectively puts me back another 2 days.  I will however walk the corridor as often as I feel it is sensible to do so in the hope (and expectation) that I shall build up confidence and strength with the ultimate aim of being allowed home - I know it is against the odds but I must try.

Lovely visits today from Roger and Helen - thank you both for the shortbread and chocolate (respectively) - it is much appreciated. Helen kindly took some washing away for me.

I have been down to the far end of the ward three times and down to the front door once so far today and I think there's at least another 'far end of the ward' sortie in the offing before bedtime - it gets easier and easier each time.

18:15 - Just back from another sortie to end of the ward - my estimation is I have covered 600m so far today on the crutches and probably will fit another 140m before close of play so getting in the vicinity of 750m - not bad - I'll look to exceed 1K tomorrow and then see how we go on the stairs on Monday morning.

I did fit in the additional 140m easily, and made a cup of tea on the way back, but I did have to ask to have it delivered to my room because I couldn't find a way of using crutches and carrying a cup of tea - there must be a way!

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