Hello my lovelies
Last Monday at lunchtime I finally got my MRI Scan and by teatime I was prepped and in theatre……..it all happened so very fast in the end – in fact I felt like I was a cast member of Holby City for a while there.
Turns out that the excruciating pain I was in was caused by a prolapsed disk very far down the base of my spine – probably caused by a fall I had some twenty years ago as a Stage Manager.
It all happened in such a blur I wasn’t give a pre-med as I was still signing all consents just before I went in…… lovely Anesthesiologist though – although I did request that seeing as I was going to be face down for the duration that he do a wee bum lift whilst they were at it ………………but well you know, NHS cuts doncha know
Three hours later I was back on the ward – called my Mum (lovely husky voice caused by intubation) and had my dinner (packed one courtesy of my Mum …. well you can’ live on hospital food can you??)
I have got five teeny holes in my bahookie – and I mean teeny as the surgery was done laparoscopically. So I got home mid week (and in a far shorter time than the five hours it took to get me into hospital the previous Friday I hasten to add)
Stitches are to come out on Wednesday ………………….. but I am in NO PAIN!!! Absolutely none, in fact I am not on so much as a paracetamol. Spent a few wibbly days but am now off the Oxycontin (that are worth so much apparently although I can’t see the fascination as they didn’t make me feel fabulous at all ). Maybe you are supposed to combine them with something other than hospital tea to get a high off of them ??
In fact -now I am not in any pain I can look back and realise just how much my life has been curtailed over the last couple of years……………. today I celebrated by putting on my own socks for the first time in 12 weeks
So having spent a few days shivering through the anesthetic hangover and got myself detoxed from the codeine I was actually able to sit up tonight and watch my old school-mate on Dr Who. Now I know that Dougray is really famous instead of playing all these Hollywood block-busters he has appeared in a genuinely iconic programme LOL.
So I have a fairly long recuperation period ahead – about another 12 weeks, but then as the Surgeon pointed out it was still spinal surgery even though the wounds are tiny.
So my Mum is still here taking care of us all – but every day I shall get more mobile. It would seem that I have escaped this with mild nerve damage to my outer fingers (pinkie and ring finger) but they are hopeful the sensation will return ……………….. but I may never play violin ever again LOL. Oh!! and apparently will never run a marathon ………………… cos we all know that was on the cards don’t we Physio has suggested knitting as therapy
I so hope you guys are all well – and now that I can think in a straight line again I hope to be able to draw up the strings of this place and start getting going again…………… specially our Africa project.
In closing I have just one thing to say ………………. thank F**k for the Emergency Fund.