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Thursday, 2 April 2015

best intentions

We waited all day for the first visit from the District Nurse team but no-one came. That was last week.

Today ought to have been visit #2 but we had no idea fi or when. It was with great relief I opened to door to June, a lovely person.

Having reassured her that being dog owners for some 30+ years we'd keep our canine companions and her separate. 

Then came a nice surprize - the wound from the hip replacement op had healed well, so well that June said it looked more like 6 weeks post-op, not two.

Another surprize - we'd expected to see a raft of staples, but there were none. There were steri-strips that had done the job instead. 

Happy people! No bothering with staple remover.

We chatted about how well the recovering was progressing. I mentioned that we had 3 sets of unused staple removers and would June like them. Also, I showed her a couple of unused large dressings, so she happily took the dressings and scissor-like removers with her. I know dressings, especially hospital ones are dreadfully expensive, so it was good to know they'd be of use to June.

It's been a peculiar few years, with D being x-rayed and treated for osteoarthritis of the knees. He's had injections in both knees and tried all sorts of pain relief. Then, by chance he met a particular surgeon who noticed the problem was not in both knees but in one hip. 

Now it is a fortnight since the successful hip replacement, and the pain has altered totally. No longer the excruciating never rid of pain including referred pain leg-knee-hip. Now it's let's look forward to a much better way of life, free from referred pain, free from 24 hour pain. Counting down to when he can stop using crutches and when he can resume driving again.

2 comments:

Sayre said...

An observant and knowledgeable doctor is a blessing! So glad you and D found one.

Joy said...

So very glad it all went well and the outcome is so positive. :-)
J x