Hi Slim,That's how the Brisbane papers descibed it or was it all my own little dream? Anyhow, this is the chance to put my side of the story. Young children and nursing mothers may well have been shocked and offended at the sight of my el grande body piercing but it was no publicity stunt and, as fashion accessories go, it's plain awkward. I was formally released from hospital on Tuesday evening after only 6 nights "inside" and am now comfortably ensconsed at che sibling. Stories of my faint on Saturday whilst trying to walk in a zimmer frame have been grossly exaggerated - I was away with the fairies for not more than 3 minutes.
Good to hear from you. Thanks for asking about my operation.
Just before the op' I visited your website again to show my sister and brother-in-law and their kids (here in Brisbane) what they could expect when I came back to stay with them from hospital. They were duly impressed but nothing could prepare them for the shock of seeing "the device" in situ at the hospital after the operation! My 10 year old neice recoiled exclaiming "that's disgusting".
The op' was a success (despite being very long) and I came out of hospital just 6 nights later, virtually pain free, (op' and post-op' analgaesia having been achieved with an epidural). That changed 2 days later when I went thru' some severe joint and muscle pain on mobilisation for about a day. I then swapped from paracetamol to nurofen (the only form of ibuprofen you can buy over the counter here) which coincided with much reduced pain levels.
I've been distracting at the corticotomy site since Monday last week (started 5 days after the op') and also trampolining the break site simultaneously (spanner work on the lower frames - 5mm up then 5mm down over a ten day cycle). In theory, this means I've already distracted 7mm on the corticotomy but Dr Holt (who I found out was the Head of Orthopaedics at Royal Brisbane Hospital until he went private) said he'd built some tension into the frame which would have to be "unwound" before any actual lengthening began.
Something must be happening tho' because I have some lovely holes opening up and weeping at the sites where the top pins go into my thigh! On the femur, thickish pins (two up, two down) are used to lengthen because you can't get a frame (with wires) to go all the way round the leg and still be able to sit down or go to the loo!
I see Dr Holt tomorrow when he will be taking foam pads off all my wire and pin sites. These have absorbed discharges since the op and were impregnated with some kind of disinfectant. One has already fallen off (hence the weeping) but these pads have saved me the chore of cleaning so far. My impression is that I'll be keeping the pads thru'out this treatment because they reduce the chance of infection.
I'm sorry to hear your body is recalcitrant and hope all will be well soon. How is the actual bone growth progressing?
Thanks for your thoughts and support. I try to remember you in my prayers too. I've added below the text of the full email I sent all my family and mates when I got out of hospital. Don't feel obliged to read it all. It may get rather boring for the truly initiated...
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mORpHInE CrAzEd hOsPItaL eScApEE RUNs amOcK wItH UnfEasAbLe Leg AttAcHMEnT