I thought I'd give you an update on my health following my total hip replacement in February 2010. So it is 2 years next February since I went under the knife, electric saw, chisel, hammer, electric drill, nails, glue and goodness knows what else. I have covered all this in previous posts, including the Deep Vein Thrombosis and treatment I experienced shortly after the operation - all now long gone and behind me..
I did recover very well and quickly, to an extent, but I did not realise fully that a complete recovery would take a lot longer than I would like to admit, being a rather impatient individual. Folks, it is a big operation and the surgery knocks the body about something rotten - particularly affecting the lower legs and feet. It is strange that even the leg not operated on seemed to swell just as much as the one which experienced the actual surgery. Very strange.
So why am I writing about all this now?
Gosh! What a brute this equipment is - it sliced through concrete like butter! I shall write all about these projects in due course. I doubt whether they used this monster on my hip but there were plenty of power tools used from the Black and Decker range, I am sure.
So after about 9 months I was very able to undertake hard physical work but very recently I think for the first time my legs and feet seem to have returned to their normal size. I can now wear my normal shoes but in particular I am delighted to report that I am able to get my feet into my favourite gardening Wellington Boots. Of course you may be wondering why on Earth would I want to wear those awful "passion killers" and not something more becoming and striking like tight black Cowboy Boots.
Hmmm! I see what you mean!!
For a start if I did wear tight black Cowboy Boots most people around here would consider me stark raving bonkers. My point simply is I am delighted to have normal sized feet again and my green Wellington Boots are proof that this has occurred. Also, equally pleasing, is that my black Ambulance Boots fit me once again but alas not for Ambulance duty since I am retired from the service.
Several bloggers did ask if I would add a Video YouTube of a Total Hip Replacement so you can see what a hammering I actually received. I did try to find a video showing all the surgical procedures but this one was the best I could find. My apologies for the picture being blocked out by the theatre staff sometimes.
"Was it worth it?", you may be wondering. "Overwhelmingly, yes! The pain has gone, I have full mobility, It feels as though I have never had a problem and I feel great, but most of all I can wear my green Wellington Boots again. If ANYONE out there is worried about the surgery and experiencing severe Arthritic pain like I did, then please go ahead and get it done! You will get your life back, but it will take 18 months, plus, to fully recover.
So here is the YouTube, Watch it if you dare LOL, and think of poor Eddie under the knife. The chap, Greg, seemed to have had worse Arthritis than I had but I was well and truly confined to a walking stick. Imagine it!! An Ambulanceman with a walking stick!! No wonder I could not carry on with it.
Soon I shall return to my Painting and Decorating stories with a few Ambulance stories thrown in as and when I think of them.
Meanwhile The Sunday Roast is still on hold until I can devote more time to the column. I am very grateful to those friends who have offered assistance and I shall be contacting you in due course. Thank you again.