I have my ankle fused ~ June 2014

After every storm there is a rainbow of hope.

Sunday 1st June 2014

We went to collect the moon boots a friend has offered me for when I have my ankle done. Another lady has dropped off a shower stool for me to use so it is all coming together. I had another go on the crutches which is proving a challenge but I will get there. I did more knitting and some reading and then we went over to happy hour. It was again very pleasant. Some more lovely people arrived today; Maureen and Merv and Maggie and Sandy.

Monday 2nd June 2014

We walked into the village for a few things and had lunch at the café. They are lovely people there, so helpful and friendly. Once home I did some more knitting and Monika came for a visit.

Tuesday 3rd June 2014

I went to the doctor’s for my second vitamin B12 injection. They are marvellous and I feel so much better. I did some more knitting and reading. Sweet Helen (one of my Mah Jong buddies) has arrived with her husband, John, so I can look forward to some ‘playtime’. Just before Happy Hour we had a quick visit from Noreen and Lionel who are in town and will bring their caravan on to site tomorrow with Peter’s help. It was fantastic to see them and to know they will be our neighbours for the next three months.

Wednesday 4th June 2014

Pete Mate went with Lionel and Noreen to recover their caravan from storage. It was on site before I had even finished my daily chores. We then went into Rocky and Roger came along for the ride. It was good having him along as he knows his way around much better than we do and he gave valued advice when we were looking at certain aids to help with my post op. recovery. It was a long day and my ankle had well and truly had it by the time we got home. We had a short happy hour before heading off to the pub for trivia. We didn’t win but we didn’t do too badly either.

Thursday 5th June 2014

Today was spent making cards in the morning and playing Mah Jong in the afternoon. The card making went well but the Mah Jong was disastrous, especially after last week. The important thing was I enjoyed myself which, of course, is why I go. Happy hour was pleasant but I kept mine fairly short as I was in a lot of pain. Roll on next Wednesday!

Friday 6th June 2014

It was a mixed bag sort of day. I did some reading and cooking - no knitting - but I did shorten a pair of trousers. I had a walkabout and spent some time chatting and then I had another practise with the crutches. A couple of friends called by to give advice and it was the funniest thing seeing these two tall women using my short crutches to try and demonstrate how to get up steps. Tomorrow another friend, Cathy, is going to show me how it is done because she has previously used crutches. It overwhelms me at times how kind and supportive people here are. We have had so many offers of help it makes me realise being here for the operation is the right decision. In the evening a few of us went up to the Bowling Club for tea and once again I won the raffle, not one prize but two! Not the meat tray this time, thank goodness, as we have no more room in the freezer.

Saturday 7th June 2014

Cathy, Peter and I found some steps for me to practice with my crutches. We concluded that my crutches are rubbish and I cannot do steps. Cathy has lent me Phil’s crutches and I have found them much better than the ones recommended to me. We have given up on steps as when I am incapacitated I won’t have to do steps, this exercise was only to show the physio. Later I did some knitting and talked on Skype for a while then I went to happy hour.

Sunday 8th June 2014

Pete Mate and I went into the village for breakfast. He took me in the wheel chair so we could have a dummy run. He has worked out that he can take me to the library, the CWA hall, the café, the shops, the RSL and most importantly the pub. I found the trip really easy (no pain from walking) apart from the time he nearly tipped me out on the path. Pete Mate, however, had to have a rest when he got home - it's quite a climb to the pub and the RSL. He said after six weeks of this he will either be very fit ... or dead. Later I did some knitting and then we went over to Happy Hour.

Monday 9th June 2014

With the help of friend Roger we have now mastered the getting in and out of the car; Roger has been a godsend. We were treated to some baking by our friend Monika, very yummy it was too. I did some reading and knitting and Pete Mate worked on the Bell Park website. Happy hour arrived as did a cold wind so we were all rugged up except Pete Mate who declared it was not cold.

Tuesday 10th June 2014

It was a bit of a mixed day. I wanted to do a few jobs before the ‘big day’ and sort out a few things. Roger called by with a cushion for the wheelchair which I think will be better than the one I had in mind.

The lift to get me in the ‘van arrived and just by chance Suzanne was visiting, (she gave me a lovely funny card from Leigh and herself). Suzanne was game enough to trust Pete Mate and she became the guinea pig. I then had a go. Going up and down was okay though getting on and off worried me for a second or two. I did, however, achieve it and now the last piece of the puzzle is in place and it is all systems go.

We went off to the doctor’s for my last vitamin B12 injection and then did some shopping. We went over to Happy Hour and boy was it cold, that wind is really chilling. I didn’t have any wine to warm me up as it was an AFD.

Wednesday 11th June 2014

D Day has arrived. I was up usual time and enjoyed some toast and coffee before the cut off time of 7.00 a.m. I had slept remarkably well and feel really good, I attribute this to no wine last night. I think a few more AFDs are on the cards.

We arrived at the hospital in plenty of time and then the form filling and waiting began. Eventually I told Pete Mate to go, there was no point in him just hanging about. It was 4.30pm before I went into theatre. My blood pressure had been playing up but they believed me in the end that I suffer from white coat syndrome. The next challenge for them was to find a vein they could tap into. On the fourth try he said it had gone in but he was going to move it when I was asleep. That was the last thing I remember of Wednesday.

Thursday 12th June 2014

I spent the day in bed apart from a trip to X-ray and a short burst on the walker thingy. I cannot walk with it as I found it hard to hop. The doctor said everything had gone well and told the nurse to change my dressing. Pete Mate came and sat for a long time. Hospital visiting is boring, it makes you tired. I slept after he went home and then the fun began. I was in a lot of pain and the night was a very long one.

Friday 13th June 2014

I felt awful, really ill and the pain was terrible. I had a shower and felt a bit better then the doctor arrived, saw how the blood was seeping through and ripped, yes ripped, the dressing off. The previous nurse had not put the dressing on correctly hence the pain which made me feel ill. A new dressing was put on and I was also told I had to go to rehab for a week ... NOT HAPPY! Pete Mate came to visit and eventually I was moved upstairs to rehab. I was not in the best frame of mind when PM left but got over it.

Later: I asked a young 'nurse' to take me to the toilet. When trying to get out of the wheelchair and back into bed I fell. The nurse was not only young but - I believe - incompetent. She forgot to apply the brakes on the wheelchair which moved back as I pushed out of it and I fell. Not a good look, being on the floor with your knickers around your knees. The other nurses are very different; with them there is no room for error. I was heaved up off the floor by two nurses and dignity was restored. I felt very shaken and was then wheeled down to dinner which I really didn't want, I just wanted to lie down and feel sorry for myself.

Saturday 14th June 2014

What a difference a good night's sleep makes with good care and the right dressing. The pain has subsided to an ache and I feel like my old self. I went to breakfast with a different attitude and outlook. Afterwards I wheeled myself back. I read and did some crosswords until Pete Mate arrived. As soon as he arrived I was wheeled off to lunch. We decided that it would be better if he came at 1.00 p.m. in future.

Just as I was going to lunch some flowers arrived from my friends, Pat and Tracey in Perth, and lovely they were too. Then in the afternoon I had two surprise visitors, our friends Gail and Jerzy from the caravan park. It was so lovely to see them and I was very touched that they took the time to come. After they had gone and Pete Mate had left, Sue popped in for a few minutes. I had a good day.

Sunday 15th June 2014

The day was pretty much the same as yesterday.

Monday 16th June 2014

I started physio today and did quite well, hopping up and down the bars. I was very pleased with the results and couldn’t wait to show Pete Mate how well I had done. When he arrived he had some really sad news which marred my excitement. Our good friend Jim Waterman had died just before midnight in the same hospital. It was very upsetting as he was a lovely man. Friends Cathy and Phil came to visit which was lovely.

Tuesday 17th June 2014

I had a really bad night; the awful nurse that allowed me to fall was on duty and boy is she mean. I was already upset over Jim's death which didn’t help. So I started the day upset and tired which didn’t bode well for the practice session with the crutches. It did not go well and a few tears were shed. The nurses and physio were lovely and supportive. During the afternoon our friends Lionel and Noreen popped in for a visit and again it was a lovely surprise and very welcome.

Wednesday 18th June 2014

I enjoyed a really good sleep and felt ready to tackle the dreaded crutches. It was much better today. I had a few sessions and felt a lot more confident. Our lovely friend Courtney called in for a short visit after work.

Thursday 19th June 2014

Today’s physio session went very well and now there is talk that I might be able to go home tomorrow. Some more lovely friends, Suzanne and Leigh, popped in for a visit. I have been very spoilt with visitors which help to pass the long hours in hospital.

Friday 20th June 2014

After breakfast I was taken down to the consulting rooms of Dr Pretorius to have some stitches out and the plaster put on my ankle and leg. He said I could go home so once back in my room I packed away my things. I then had to wait for the head nurse to talk directly to Dr Pretorius to confirm I could go home so it was after lunch before I was discharged. Once home I expected to do as well with everything as I had in the hospital but it wasn’t to be. It was terrible, I was in pain and exhausted. Once Pete Mate got me to the bed, that is where I stayed until morning.

Saturday 21st June 2014

What a difference a good night’s sleep makes. I was able to use the crutches to get to the table for breakfast and everything else went well. I managed getting in and out of the caravan much better. We went into the village for a very late lunch, which was more like an early dinner. We then went to happy hour. I am finding that everything I do is very tiring. Pete Mate says he is tired also as he is not used to doing everything plus he is pushing me around in the wheel chair.

Sunday 22nd June 2014

We went into the village to do a bit of shopping. We took the wheelchair in the car and getting in and out of the car is now very easy for us. Later we went to visit our friend Roger who is in hospital. Once home we were both very tired so gave happy hour a miss. I find the last walk of the day using the crutches is the worse as I am so tired.

Monday 23rd June 2014

We said our farewells today to our dear friend Jim who for so long fought the cancer but alas, in the end he lost. Despite the sadness it was a very pleasant day where Jim’s life was celebrated rather than mourned. Many had a story or two to tell about this lovely man who we will miss greatly.

Tuesday 24th June 2014

It was a day of rest, not having to rush off anywhere. Pete Mate had to go to the doctors for himself whilst I stayed at home with my knitting and iPad. We enjoyed a very pleasant happy hour.

Wednesday 25th June 2014

It was a day of plenty of rest again for me whilst Pete Mate did some chores. After a short happy hour we went up to the pub for dinner and to play trivia. It was a good evening and we once again came third.

Thursday 26th June 2014

Pete Mate pushed me around to the C.W.A. hall so I could attend the card making class. I enjoyed a good morning and made four cards. When he collected me we enjoyed a sandwich at the café in the village before he pushed me up to the R.S.L. to play Mah Jong. It was a long afternoon and I left there in quite a lot of pain so in future I think I will give it a miss until my foot is out of plaster.

Friday 27th June 2014

Pete Mate pushed me into the village to do some shopping. We enjoyed some lunch at the café. They are getting quite used to us now and one waitress sings for us. In the evening we went to the Bowling Club for tea. With all this chair pushing Pete Mate will be very fit by the time I am able to walk. It was a lovely evening even though we didn’t win the raffles.

Saturday 28th June 2014

I spent most of the day lying on the bed as I was in quite a bit of pain. Pete Mate did his chores. Later I Skyped with my family and Pete Mate went to happy hour.

Sunday 29th June 2014

Pete Mate cleaned the floor again and I played Mah Jong outside the caravan. Friend Robyn called by with some lovely roses and a bottle of red. It was good to see her as she had been away for month. Later we went to happy hour which was very pleasant.

Monday 30th June 2014

I didn’t move from the caravan today, not even to go to Happy Hour. I was gazing at some beautiful carnations that had been sent from our great friends, Bernie and June in Perth, and marvelling at how long they have lasted. I checked this page to see when they arrived and realised I hadn't mentioned their delivery. Sorry, Bernie and June. There are at least a dozen blooms still as fresh as the day they arrived.

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