We were in London today for an update on how Mele’s hip is recovering from the operation. The good news is that she is recovering very well and the hip is repairing itself brilliantly. We have included the images below so you can see the improvement!
This is Mele’s hip in March before the operation. If you look at the left hip (the right of the image) you will notice how much more shallower the hip socket is when you compare this to the right… This is the problem
This is Mele’s hip straight after the operation. You can clearly see the three screws holding her hip together. If you look carefully above the hip ball, you can see the break. The image below highlights this for you.
This is her hip today, only five weeks after the operation. The good news is the hip is settings well, and if you look where the break was before, there is hardly a gap now, showing the bone is repairing well.
After a thoroughly awful morning I finally managed to make it to hydrotherapy. Really nice to get in the warm water and walk on my bad leg. Have also practiced going up and down stairs it’s a very slow process but speeding up already. Thankfully all the staff so far have been absolutely lovely unlike previous experiences I have in hospitals so are making my stay a pleasant one. Have had a nice shower and washed my hair as well which makes all the difference. The simple things in life really are the best.
There are lots of things I’m going to take away from this but one big thing will be what’s it’s like to have to have someone do all your personal care for you. I am lucky, everyone has been very discreet and tried to maintain my dignity, but it’s still not a nice position to be in. When I eventually get back to work I hope I will have a new awareness of my patients whom many of will be going through what I have had to go through just for a few days but continually. I hope I will be able to contribute to keeping their dignity as much as possible. I would not ill wish anyone but at the same time feel that maybe people should experience this vulnerability at some point in life, it certainly puts life into perspective. So many simple things that I take for granted have just become the most complicated things today. Having to have this op and at this moment of my life has sucked big time, but it has made me appreciative of the fact that my problems are temporary and fixable, I am really a lucky lady.
Well, all done. Just walked with Mele down to surgery and said good bye. All being well she will be out in a few hours.
Starting to feel a little apprehensive…
…but on a more positive note: Before she went down to theatre, she put on these fetching green slippers!
Well here I am on my new I pad, very nice I have to say. Nick set this up for me to blog on but up until now has been doing it himself. The truth be told I have had no time to blog what so ever as the last few weeks, no months have been incredibly busy with organising. You would not believe the amount of stuff you need to organise when you have three young children and and a major op to prepare for. My last night at home and I sat and replaced elastic in one of Isabelle’s skirts!
But that’s it now as I am at the hospital waiting to get changed into my lovely gown and stockings. The stockings will be my best friend for the next six weeks. I feel very sick and a bit weepy and have talked gibberish to the staff most of the morning but have just met the consultant and feel much more reassured, what a very nice man!
Just had an ECG done, another very nice man! And have been informed that it all looks fine. So apparently just some more bloods to do and that’s it for a couple of hours.
Wow, what an early start. We had to get to the hospital for a 0700 start, so had to get up at the unearthly hour of 0530! We managed to get to the hospital in good time, even though we went to the wrong building.
We are in room 610 at The London Clinic at 22, Devonshire Place. Whilst the place looks very grand, the hospital and rooms need a good update – feels like a hospital room from the 1970′s…
We have met the we anaesthetist and a couple of nurses have done the pre-op tests. There seems to be lots of questions, many of then repeated, you would have thought that they would ask them once?
Mele is bearing up well, a little dazed and scared of today, which to be frank is to be expected. The good news is her phone has not stopped buzzing with good luck texts…