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Post by christam » Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:38 pm

It’s been a long time – 2 years since I last appeared here? Anyway, I’ll try to make this as succinct as possible …….

*For those who don’t know, I had a procedure called a complete femoral replacement – an all-in-one replacement of hip, femur and knee – in 2017. I live in Bournemouth and the surgery was done at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (aka the NOC and a centre of excellence) at Oxford. I was there for 5 months.*

The long-story-short version of what followed is that the leg developed a nasty infection 6 months later so in 2018 I ended up spending another 3 months in hospital, first locally and then at the NOC. I had a full revision (replacement) of the original femoral replacement, then started a 9-month course of very strong antibiotics designed to eradicate any remaining infection. Finally, in March of this year I went back to the NOC again to have the hip replaced in the other leg. It had needed doing for 5 years but had been put on hold while the struggle to save my left leg was ongoing. During most of 2018 and the early part of 2019 my mobility was so poor that I was confined to a wheelchair.

After the hip replacement this year I was able at long last to undertake real physiotherapy, and a wonderful community physiotherapist started visiting me at home. She always knew exactly what I needed to do to make the next bit of progress and because I was determined to get myself more mobile again I was actually very good about doing the exercises. It was hard work but watching the slow yet constant improvement really helped with motivation.

Now, a few months later, I’m mobilising with one crutch and still seeing small bits of progress every week. It seems a bit like a miracle that the left leg has regained so much strength and that I’m able to bend the knee again.

From the surgery in 2017 until the one this year, I was on very high levels of pain relief and to be honest, they addled my brain. It was probably only functioning at about 60% capacity for most of that time and I simply couldn’t be bothered to keep up with the various forums I’d previously enjoyed. I’ve spent the past 5 months gradually cutting down on the pain meds, I’ve become “me” again, and it’s great. So here I am!

The accident which originally wrecked my leg happened in 2012 and people have often asked how I kept going when so much seemed to keep going wrong. The answer’s three-fold:
One, I’ve got a strong, supportive and loving family.
Two, I met so many patients at the NOC whose situations were far worse than mine yet they kept battling on and looking towards the future with optimism.
Three, I’m one of those very lucky people whose cup is always half full so that even when things seemed at their worst, I never stopped believing they’d improve. A positive outlook is so important if you’re in a situation like that and I know how lucky I am that mine (almost) never wavered.

Finally, thanks to all of you who sent private messages of support, or just to find out how I was doing. I know I didn’t reply to most of them (addled brain ……) but I read them all and they meant a lot.

I’ll try to stick around for a while now that I’ve checked in again :)
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Post by downer » Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:45 pm

That's quite a journey! Welcome back!
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Post by Thegreyman » Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:46 pm

Welcome back!

It sounds like you've been through a lot but now seeing some light at the end of the tunnel, the fact you are posting here again is a great sign and testament to that.
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Post by 0uatiOW » Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:47 pm

Blimey, and ouch. Welcome back to the forum - a lot has happened in the last 24 months, and much has changed in the world of CW.
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Post by borderman » Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:49 pm

WOW welcome back :clap:
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Post by Paul Drawmer » Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:50 pm

Strong lady - well done. It sounds as if you're getting a good view of the light at the end of the tunnel, and you know how to eat an elephant!
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Post by nbg » Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:54 pm

Welcome back, good to hear things are now moving in the right direction.

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Post by MiniMpi » Sat Nov 02, 2019 4:11 pm

Welcome back !!!
Delighted to see you on here again.
I knew you were going through major surgery but I hadn't realized how traumatic it was for you and such difficulties you have overcome.
You should be very proud of yourself.

Keep strong and you'll get there.

Looking forward to seeing you on the forum again.
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Post by Thermexman » Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:04 pm

Welcome back. What a journey though!
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Post by scooter » Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:47 pm

I hadn't realised quite how bad your situation was.

So glad to hear that you are now put back together again and all is working well.

I certainly missed you.

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Post by jmarchitect » Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:21 pm

Welcome back! I hope your journey to full recovery is a short one.

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Post by welshlad » Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:30 pm

Welcome back. So glad to hear of your recovery so far. That shows real determination. Big respect to you.
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Post by gaf1958 » Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:40 pm

While it must have been a difficult path to get back to where you now are, I’m very glad to hear that, eventually, it has been a successful journey. My former next door neighbour (I’ve moved) had both hips replaced and I saw how long that took for him without the added complications of femur and knee along with the hip, then having infection set in.

My wife often says that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger; you’re a fighter Christa, that’s for sure. I’m pleased to see you back on the forum and I hope that everything continues to improve for you. Welcome back!
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Post by Amor Vincit Omnia » Sat Nov 02, 2019 11:11 pm

Quite a story. Thank you for sharing it and well done on your progress thus far. Per Ardua Ad Astra.
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Post by christam » Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:05 am

Goodness, it's so good to see all those familiar names. Thanks, everyone, for the welcome.

Just to give you all a smiley (adjective from the noun smile, in case scooter's watching) moment ......... I'm hoping to go abroad on holiday next year and can't wait to see how much fun airport security will have trying to decide whether I'm hiding a lethal weapon or three about my person.
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