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Broken ankle
« on: December 28, 2010, 12:01:38 pm »
My wife had washed the floor, and slipped and broke her ankle.
Happened at 1:30 pm yesterday. 999- Ambulance to hospital in Lisburn - xrays showed what they described as "dislocated ankle and a nasty break" needing surgery - had to be transferred to Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. They cant operate until swelling goes down, possibly tomorrow, or Thursday.
Hoping for a successful op and recovery.

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Re: Broken ankle
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2010, 02:10:32 pm »

Thats something both of you don't need George.

One can expect to possibly slip on the ice and snow, but not in your own home.

Hope the swelling subsides quickly and they can get on with the op and recovery as soon as possible.

Best wishes to you both.

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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2010, 04:17:39 pm »
What terribly bad luck, George! Not what anyone needs at any time but particularly galling at Christmas time. Please give your wife  best wishes for a speedy recovery from Anthea and me.

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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2010, 09:59:12 pm »
Sorry to read this George. This is a sad end of the year. The best wishes from Lut and myself.

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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2010, 11:35:17 pm »
Thanks for your kind wishes, everyone.
Mary is comfortable, so that is a big relief. It is so easily done, frighteningly so.
We took great caution when in Manchester after the snow fall, taking taxis rather than walking. Its ironic that the fall should happen in our own home. The snow and ice around the house was all but gone.
I have great admiration for the staff of both hospitals and the ambulance crews and gave them a special word of thanks. Waiting for such a long time gave an insight into the conditions and pressure they have to endure. In each busy A&E department of each hospital, I witnessed a very troublesome "patient" - not prepared to wait their turn in one case and just abusive in the other. Its lamentable and indicative of the society we live in that they have to treat such cases with such caution, in case of claims. They were very much a danger to the real "patients".

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Re: Broken ankle
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2010, 10:41:15 am »
Sorry to hear it. More accidents in the home than anywhere else. Hopefully it will heal and she will be back to running around after you as quickly as possible.

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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2010, 11:00:28 am »
I'm trying not to think about the problems you had with your foot, Eric :o
The doctor said they will insert two pins on one side of the ankle and a small plate at the other.

How are you now?

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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2010, 12:22:04 pm »
With any luck the bone will set normally and in the right amount of time.
I seem to have swapped occasional excruciating agony for constant low level pain and occasional extreme pain. The inside of my big toe and the outside of the next one still have limited sensation in them and the incision scar is still very sore at times.
I really do hope that Mary has none of the problems I have had.   

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« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2010, 09:04:25 pm »
Shocked to read about Mary's misfortune there George.

Please pass on our best wishes for a speedy recovery from Kathy and myself.

We'll catch up with all the latest happenings, etc. behind the scenes with you George when we get chance.

Laurie.

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Re: Broken ankle
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2010, 11:00:40 pm »
Thanks for your good wishes, folk.

Mary fasted right up to 4pm awaiting surgery, only to be told they couldn't do the op today.
She is on the list for tomorrow, but they cant guarantee it will be done, as emergencies take priority.
The good news is that the swelling has subsided very well, so the op can go ahead. She is also remarkably comfortable and bearing up bravely.

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« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2010, 12:36:26 am »
Op was done this afternoon (Thursday). Spent most of the day in the hospital. Mary is recovering very well.
Fortunately the nursing staff allowed us to drop in and leave outside visiting hours. They really are Florence Nightingales!

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« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2010, 11:26:21 pm »
I am pleased to hear of Mary's progress George and that she is recovering well.

This is to wish you both a very HAPPY NEW YEAR and a speedy recovery for Mary.

Eric & Anthea

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Re: Broken ankle
« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2011, 10:50:54 am »
Thanks for your kind wishes Eric.
We are hoping for discharge from hospital tomorrow. The ward was quieter last night and she has slept better and is in much better form this morning.

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Re: Broken ankle
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2011, 06:36:17 pm »
Mary is home. The pain is well controlled at present, but she is very weak and tired.
I'm not looking forward to my new chores :)


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« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2011, 07:46:20 pm »
Pleased to hear that good news George.  :)

Get your apron, feather duster and rubber gloves ready.  :D

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« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2011, 10:58:51 am »
Groan.. ;D

The patient had a very good night - slept very well and pain under control. Dr Ideasguy pleased with progress :D

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« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2011, 11:12:44 am »
It's good to hear Mary is on the road to recovery  :)

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« Reply #17 on: January 03, 2011, 09:14:09 pm »
Good oh!

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« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2011, 09:39:36 am »
Sorry to hear about Mary, glad she is now on the mend, happy new year to both of you. :)
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Re: Broken ankle
« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2011, 09:50:17 am »
i missed this somehow george  :-[ hope mary is feeling a better today and keeping you on your toes  ;) with al the coffee making  :D
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Re: Broken ankle
« Reply #20 on: January 04, 2011, 03:33:46 pm »
Thanks for your many kind comments folk!

Patient is comfortable and we are managing OK so far :)

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Re: Broken ankle
« Reply #21 on: January 16, 2011, 04:59:12 pm »
George - just logged on.  So sorry to hear about Mary's ankle, but pleased that she is progressing well.  I hope everything goes OK.

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Re: Broken ankle
« Reply #22 on: January 16, 2011, 11:31:58 pm »
Thanks Chrissie, and its very nice to see you visiting :)

Mary is comfortable with painkiller control. She was worried about how the pain was lingering, and as you know, you don't get a lot of information on what to expect when something like this happens.
I looked her injury up on the internet (Trimalleolar fracture) and found a good forum discussion on the internet - and we learned to expect severe pain for 3 weeks or so, and that seems to be the case.
The pain is easing gradually and we are trying to spread the medication to a longer spell this past few days.

Its very difficult since she cant put that foot to the ground. To be honest, I don't know how she manages!

Dr George is a true jack of all trades now! ?We? made a very nice beef casserole today ? a first for me!
If I had time, I know I would enjoy cooking and baking (yummee)
I'd like to try that recipe Malcom gave us for his most popular cake on his Garden Open days ;)
Mary hasn't tried it - "we" are weight conscious  ???

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Re: Broken ankle
« Reply #23 on: January 20, 2011, 08:56:17 pm »
Check up today went well.
X-rays showed everything still in place, and when the plaster was removed, the doctor was pleased with how the incisions from the operation had healed. Only one small part of the wound needed a dressing applied again. A new lighter plaster was applied.
The leg has to be kept off the ground until next checkup in 3 weeks :'(
It was Marys first day out since the operation, and on the way home we did some shopping ::)

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« Reply #24 on: January 21, 2011, 09:52:22 am »
Check up today went well.
It was Marys first day out since the operation, and on the way home we did some shopping ::)
Excellent news and she must be ok due to the shopping  ;D