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The video I wished I hadn’t watched! October 15, 2009

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This video, presented by the amazing Andi Peters, is from City Hospital in 2005. Jenny is undergoing a PAO. Just look at the fricking tools they used. No wonder it hurts!

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Home today!!! September 28, 2009

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I’m so excited to be going home today. My hip is pretty sore but I am fed up of being in hospital. My lovely 82 year-old neighbour is also hoping to go home today and we have decided we are going to escape together if anything goes wrong.

I have been having trouble getting to sleep the last few nights since the anaesthetic has worn off. It is impossible to get comfortable and I am not used to sleeping flat on my back. I tried to sleep on my good side but it didn’t feel right. I will check today if there are any positions that I can’t sit or sleep in. I am not really sure what could cause damage and I am terrified of knocking the screws out.

A trip to the outside world September 27, 2009

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I was allowed outside for my lunch today! My first breath of fresh air in six days!

Ben and my brother and sisters came over and picked me up and wheeled me over to the Quad at UCL for a picnic. Hilariously, it was a fresher’s induction day so there were loads of trendy students about. I am sure the blue hospital wheelchair, name bands and slippers didn’t look out of place at all.

Our day trip out

I think Ben quite enjoys wheeling me around. He even went all the way to Uxbridge to borrow a wheelchair from the Red Cross. I’ll have to be nice to him or he’ll abandon me somewhere. After about two hours outside I did start to feel a little sore and tired and had to go back for a lie-down. If even sitting is tiring me out, I’ll definitely have to force myself to take it easy.

Operation day (Tuesday) September 25, 2009

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I had hoped to keep a regular diary whilst in hospital but I think I underestimated how tired, spaced-out and sick I would feel. So here’s a catch up on the last three days.

I arrived at UCLH at 7am on Tuesday but it wasn’t my turn for the butcher’s block until 12.30pm. Apart from the boredom of waiting, the worst thing was not being able to eat or drink anything.

I was very brave up until the final moment and started to panic as they began pumping me with anaesthetic. Silly, as this really was the point at which there is no going back. I’m not really sure what I was scared of, probably just knowing that things are going to be a bit of a nightmare for the next few months.

I woke up 4-5 hours later feeling quite spaced out and with various tubes sticking out of me. After about an hour in recovery, I was taken up to my ward which I have been sharing with three VERY nice ladies who have all been looking out for me and for each other. We are on an orthopaedic ward so everyone has had dodgy hips or knees and is wizzing around (or attempting to) on zimmer frames or crutches. It is nice to see others reaching different stages in their recovery – something to look forward to.

I can’t tell you yet what they did to me but I have a nice big, black scar. It is glued together so there’s no bandage or anything to cover it up. This is good as I don’t have anything to remove but also gross as I can see how horrible it looks. The surgeon came over and said that it had all gone well. I forgot to ask how many screws they have put in.

Previous experiences in traction September 20, 2009

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Thank you mum for digging out these photos! Here I am, back in mid-1981, stung up at 45 degrees by my ankles and seeming to enjoy myself very much. There will be no traction or plaster this time but I expect I will still be less brave and cheerful than my younger self.

Where do you buy a decent nightdress? September 13, 2009

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Today, as well as starting this blog, I started shopping for things that I will need during and after my time in hospital.

I imagine I’ll have problems pulling up pyjamas for a while so I have been trying to find a nightdress. I went up and down Oxford St and it seems that nightdresses fall into the following three categories:

1) Thick, flannel nighties: type worn by very old ladies.

2) Very short t-shirt or shirt nighties: probably not appropriate for a hospital environment.

3) Very short and almost completely see-through: definitely not appropriate for a hospital environment.

So the search for something respectful but not totally hideous continues. I will probably end up going to Cath Kidston. What a shame.

I have also been looking on various websites this afternoon for mobility aids. I have to admit I quite enjoyed this and almost got carried away buying useful things I never knew I needed. To start with I have gone for a grabber stick so I can pull my socks up, pick up the remote control and pinch Ben’s bum. I also bought an adjustable tray table so that I can work in bed.

Ben also went on a mission to buy a seat for the shower. We did some practice runs of me trying to get on/off the toilet and in/out the shower only putting weight on one leg. Using the toilet shouldn’t be a problem but getting over the step into the shower would be impossible. Given my normally terrible balance I will almost certainly fall over and take the shower with me. Ben managed to find a fold-up plastic chair which should work fine.

I am sure there will be other things I need but I hope the hospital will be able to advise.