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, 20 December 2015

Day 45

During her visit yesterday my friend Helen made an interesting observation; that I was by far the youngest 'inmate' in here and she wondered if the staff found a reasonably articulate, questioning person a bit of a challenge to their normal patient who is probably 20-25 years older than me and seemingly, if my sorties up and down the corridor are anything to go by,  spend most of their time in bed and/or sitting in the lounge with the text sub-titles activated on the TV.  A sign of things to come for me - I hope not. I think in general they have very compliant patients whose challenges they can deal with via the use of drugs.  The only answer for me is to carry out a few more 'crutch sorties' up and down the corridor and get myself in a position to move on as soon as practical.

I have managed to secure the services of a lady in Stoke Bruerne who will help me for a few hours a week when I get home - that's just great news because it takes the challenges of vacuuming and dusting away whilst I get used to being at home again.  I hope I get home this current week but I have to be realistic and understand that it might just be a bit longer before I am allowed to go home.

A classic 'Anvil' cloud just north of Towcester (I think)
taken from my window after sunset - WOW - amazing
A huge thunderstorm inside
13:00 - I have completed five 'crutch sorties' to the far end of the building this morning - they are getting easier and easier each time and take less time to complete so I am hopeful the 'sorties' are doing me good.

15:30 - I have done another couple of 'crutch sorties' with I think another two or three left to do if I can.  The nurse on duty kindly pointed out I wasn't putting enough weight on my heel so I have rectified that - that puts more stress on my knee which has, for the last six or so weeks, been taking any load in a bent position so it is not surprising it is a little sore this afternoon - no painkillers for me!

A lovely visit from my friend Mike this evening which at times was challenging because the elderly gentleman across the corridor had his TV at full volume watching The Sound of Music; even closing the door helped little!

Tomorrow is a bigish day as I have to try and go up and down the stairs on my own (but with two physios present) to see if I am fit for home or only for the rehab places in Rushden or Corby.  I wonder what the outcome will be.  I did 11 'crutch sorties' today so have done my best to get ready.

1 comment:

  1. I saw the same cloud formation yesterday, Sunday, while driving along the M50 having taken the grandsons to the Black Country Museum.
    I did wonder if you may bee slightly younger and so more demanding a patent than the other "Inmates"


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