Tuesday, 16 August 2016

After operation and recovery


Hi all

Well I had my nerve operation on Saturday 13th had to be at the hospital for 7:30am so was up for 6am. There shouldn't be two 6oclocks in the day!
So got there and had to wait until 2pm to finally have my operation! They knocked me out with Ketamine this time (I'm sure that's a horse trank) I was so nervous, i didn't want to wake up with trapped nerves or throbbing pain or anything.
So my surgeon, Mr Dewar told me he was going to tuck the cut nerves back up my thigh. I pointed out that I was worried he would put them too far up and they would be trapped when I put my false leg on at the top underneath. He assured me it would be fine and he also shortened my sciatic nerve.
So I woke up a bit stoned, they were concerned that I had low blood pressure, but wasn't life threatening so after having some toast and a pee I was allowed home. I nearly threw up in the taxi but managed to get to bed.
I was really exhausted but my head was buzzing like a million thoughts going through my head or twenty tvs on at once. I just couldn't relax so I ended up watching telly till 4am and finally got a couple of hours sleep and got up at 7am.

The pain killers wore off half way through Sunday, but I didn't have any throbbing nerve pain or my leg twitching, which I thought would happen. Instead my leg was/is just very sore where they have cut me open and stitched me, especially around the top of my thigh underneath. I suppose because I'm sat on that applying pressure.
My mum did stay the night Saturday, and once happy I was ok and everything I needed was in reach she went home. I then took this opportunity to unwrap my bandages, as she would have gone nuts.
I have done this on previous operations only because, you can feel yourself its tight and feels wet and theres obviously a blood pool there that needs sorting out.
Or like me you move around a lot in bed and having a cone shaped leg the bandage slowly works its way off your leg, so it looks like you have a dwarf hat flopping off the end of your stump.
So its not covering the stitches at all and not doing its job so needs sorting now rather than waiting the 5 days till my appointment with the dressings clinic.
So I got my bandages, wipes, tape and plasters ready in the bathroom and as soon as I pulled down my pjs the noddy hat came off with it.
What they had done, and I don't know why they do this every time. They put tape over the stitches, then swabs, then 10 layers of cotton wool bandage and finally a normal bandage. They then tape the top of the bandage to my leg. Of course the cotton wool bandage was full of blood and became too heavy and just slid off my cone shape leg taking everything else with it.
So I used a sterile wipe, cleaned my skin. (I didn't remove the tape holding my stitches together, just wiped over the top gently. Then stuck giant plasters over the stitch areas and gauze, and taped this all down then added a clean normal bandage. Which I also taped down and around the edge of my thigh.
This felt so much better, and clean and I only have the cut healing pain now. Which I'm taking just paracetamol and ibuprofen for. I'm trying to avoid codeine as it just bungs me up.
I hate being back in the pram again and already my mood is low and I don't want to see anyone or go outside. I'm hoping it heals quickly and when I do get to put my leg back on I wont have any nerve pain, or put on weight!

Thursday, 11 August 2016

I have my new socket....and operation date!


Hi all

Well I've lost a stone and a half on my healthy eating exercise routine (now 7.7 without leg and 8 stone with) and because of this my stumpy lost weight, and I had to folk out for a new socket. (very expensive). I will try desperately not to loose or gain any weight now but I kept my old socket just in case.

I also have a date for my operation, finally Saturday 13th August (glad its not a Friday) for my nerve operation. So basically I have my new leg all working, and I only get to enjoy this moment for one day!

I have also bought a new wheelchair (Helium Pro Black edition) I've customised the seat and back. think I might start a business called Pimp my wheelchair! :)
Its so shiny and I dread it getting scratched in taxis. will let you know how it survives the journey to Leeds on Saturday.  what do you think, just missing a large sound system strapped to the back and blue light underneath. :)  If you do like the idea of me pimping your wheelchair get in contact.

I am scared about my operation on Saturday, simply because all my other operations have been to take something out. Or in one case cut my bone shorter. these were obvious what needs doing and once done was just a matter of healing. This operation is on my nerve endings cutting me open up the back and tucking then further up my leg. will I wake up in pain? will I have a constant trapped nerve feeling? will my leg spasm?

In a park by me called Beaumont Park there is a large circular bolder as a child I was told it was the wishing stone and you had to touch it and make a wish. Yesterday whilst scooting my dog I hugged that stone not caring about the weird looks from fellow walkers and wished for no more pain. So lets see how I am Sunday. x