I don’t think I’ve mentioned in any of my previous musings the great support and advice I have received from a Yahoo Group set up for those of us going through this procedure. These fixators are commonly used for complex fractures and not just leg lengthening.
The group allowed me to ask all those questions that you either never get time to ask or never occur to ask when you have the brief facetime with your surgeon and meant that I was far better prepared than I would otherwise have been, had suitable clothing at hand and knew exactly what to expect. As mine is a full length femoral frame the top ring is a half ring, I have seen pictures and know that. But on my last pre-op appointment a junior doctor showed me a femoral frame with the aforementioned half-ring and told me to ignore that, she passed it off as a carrying handle for the fixator as it was for demo purposes, you couldn’t make it up could you!
I also haven’t made mention of the superb care and staff at St Peters in Chertsey, including the ward staff on Juniper who made my recovery pass as easily as it did. Despite being run off their feet 24hrs a day they were always smiling, always happy to help and it was a far cry from the NHS that is often painted. The meals were not only edible, they were delicious and I got to the stage where I feared I’d leave having gained weight instead of lost it. Two puddings a day is two puddings more than I’m used to!
Due to an error that we hadn’t spotted at the time I was discharged yesterday with only enough painkillers to last 5 days and no morphine. With a Bank Holiday Weekend looming that could have proved very awkward. I over did it yesterday walking from the ward to the car and at home and so was in considerable pain last night. As I had no medication to deal with it I went to bed very concerned.
This morning my Doctor rose to the challenge, informed of my predicament she quickly drew up prescriptions for pain meds including the all important oral morphine, used when all else fails, and phoned to confirm we had all that we needed, service that stands out.
And so a new day has dawned, I now have the medication I need to support me, I’m no longer in the pain I was last night and I’m once again grasping life by the throat and squeezing as much as I can out it!