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

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Day 49 (1)

It may be Day 49 of the broken hip but it is also Day 1 of being at home.  It's more difficult than I thought it would be but each day I think it will become easier.  The stairs are challenging and carrying something up and down quite a PITA as I need both hands for myself (well at least I have both hands!) Lynda kindly went out and bought me some bits and pieces last night in case I need to entertain guests - I am sure everyone will realise I shall do my best but if all you get is a chocolate biscuit and a cuppa then that will, I am afraid, have to do.

I have realised I have been sent home without any paperwork (I suppose that's all electronic these days - at least I should hope it is) and also no medication - painkillers is not a problem but I would like to have continued the Vitamin D supplement. I have an appointment to see my GP on 6-January; I am sure I can survive until then.

A lovely Indian last night from the Spice of Bruerne at a decent hour (18:30 rather than 16:45) and a nice bottle of wine with Lynda.  James from next door is back from Barbados (BGI in airline terms - Barbados Grantley Adams International!) kindly popped in to say hello as did Mike (who also took some clothes up to my bedroom).

I think it is going to be a long haul but it has to start somewhere; I am on Day 1 today hence the brackets and the number after the day number in the title.

Options for rehab - I understand that Rushden and Corby were not considered for rehab for me because they could not replicate my spiral stairs.  They are 'OK' and I am sure I will get better at them as time passes. Time for another cuppa I think!

Well what a day - it started with Mike visiting to move stuff up and down the house - that's just something I can't do at the moment, then Steph from the Museum next door but one, followed by Sarah Brown from CRT and then Alan & Cath Fincher, who in turn were followed by Adrian and Adam (delightful mince pies Adam) from Briar Rose.  It's 16:30 and I've not even thought about lunch yet. And to cap it all some lovey comments at the bottom of this page.  I am so spoilt - thank you all so much.


  1. So pleased for you Kathryn that you are now home where you belong! I've checked into your blog at least twice daily since learning of your fall. I'd so love to come and give you a big hug (but I'd advise you to reject it as the Californian bug is still lurking about!) Do please take the greatest of care on those stairs of yours.
    Every best wish for a restful Christmas and a smooth recuperation.
    Sue /Boatwif /nb Cleddau

  2. Delighted to hear that you are back in the real world after so long in hell. From now on just watch where you put each foot, especially if you are crossing those lock gates to The Boat Inn ;o))

  3. Hoo-bl**dy-ray!!! Well done, you! Now that you are home and so happy, I reckon the Vit D supplement will be unnecessary to lift your spirits, Kathryn. But if you feel in need of it before your GP visit, I am sure you can get some from the pharmacy or supermarket. Cheers and let the good times roll again, Marilyn (nb Waka Huia)

  4. When Diana broke her ankle and couldn't weight bear she had a light weight canvas shoulder bag, probably Gov surpluses which she could put a flask and sandwich etc. in.


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