17 January, 2011

Quick Update...

Back on crutches...
I've been off the grid for a while, so I suppose I should offer up some sort of explanation as to why - my knee had been pretty bad over Christmas (like back-on-crutches bad)...a couple of times (as I occasionally find it really difficult to lock out my leg) in the slippery conditions I've taken little tumbles, the latest one was last week, tired at the end of a long day/long journey I was trying to get down off the steps from the bus (just yards from the house) and it just gave way, meaning a slightly inelegant dismount, a slightly cut hand and a rather bruised ego...however, this was not all, by the time it came to try and get home the next evening it was *really* swollen and I had lost about 15% of my available movement (and I - annoyingly - didn't have a stick or anything), that journey home was rather exciting (as you can imagine) and by the time I had finally completed it I was exhausted and the swelling was worse than ever... :(

Anyway, one (rather poor) night's sleep later I found myself in East Surrey Hospital, sat in the walk in center (who, to be fair, did see me rather quickly) and was then put in a *huge* queue for (gulp) "Emergency Treatment", which (in actuality) consisted of sitting on a chair waiting (for hours) while a succession of more important cases proceeded to overtake me by means of priority (two builders with cut hands, loads of old dears who had fallen over (and come off worse than I had), young kids who were wailing loudly, etc. etc.)...when I was finally seen, it was to announce that it might actually be more urgent than it appeared, it may have been an infection causing the swelling so I was quizzed endlessly (revealing that I had been (without realising) seriously overdosing on painkillers all over Christmas - and then drinking too - whoops) I was slightly over normal temperature and had elevated blood pressure...although in the end I was given some big new pain killers (and some *sternly delivered* instructions for using them) and ordered to spend two days (minimum) *off* my feet completely (to return immediately if anything happened other than the swelling going away)...

So, it's been a difficult few days, hope you'll forgive me being on the quiet side...! ;)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I can share your pain as far as the "bruised ego" is concerned Fink.

While taking my dog for her early morning "Morning glory" I slipped on the icy street and landed on my butt. Ouch!!!!!
I looked left, then right, but thank goodness no one saw my mishap.

So sorry to hear about your leg playing mean games again - - - ooh and hospitals can be such a "slip on the ice, pain in the butt!!"

Take good care Fink, and I hope soon you'll be scating across the ice like a profesional again. :-)
GINCO

Tom Hopwood said...

Aww, sorry to hear that mate. Hope you recover real soon. I fell over indoors and bashed me head and hadn't had a drop to drink either.