I'm lying flat on my back, well dosed up on drugs with a hot water bottle after the longest outing since my surgery, so I'm getting Dave to type this for me!
It's customary to have a six week check, for some reason I saw Mr Tucker today, 5 weeks post op. He is delighted with his handiwork. My scar is beautifully neat and healing well, he is the thrilled with the x-rays and all the staff at the hospital commented on how much taller and straighter I am.
He congratulated me on toughing out what he described as 'hell'. He made no secret of how severe the pain is and that even for him this was major and complex surgery. In fact, he brought tears to my eyes when he acknowledged just how tough it has been.
He is very concerned that I am not sleeping as this will be making everything worse and so- as hoped for- he came up with a few suggestions:
- We're going to double the slow release morphine in the evening, which should mean I don't wake up and need 'top-ups'. Sorry- no more midnight blogs/emails/messages
- We're going to introduce some slow release anti inflammatory drugs twice a day
- As soon as possible, I will be starting hydrotherapy at Stanmore hospital- I'm so excited, I can't wait!
From the Wellington, we went to my GP who patiently wrote out the prescriptions. Then on to the chemist, who surprisingly had everything in stock- I think he's starting to see me coming!
Thank you all for your good luck messages for today and for your texts asking how things went. Most of all, thanks to Dave for typing this for me. Hopefully speak to you later.
Lots of love,