today i revisited my orthopaedic consultant. the mri shows no problems other than the still broken second metatarsal on the left foot.
i have a choice ... do nothing.
my foot has been broken for the past year and for the last four months or so ... well, i have learned to live with it, the swelling has almost completely gone and as long as i tread warily, i am experiencing very little pain.
so, do nothing, or ...
have an op, which would involve taking bone from the pelvic area and making a bone dowel to join the two ends together ... a dowel joint! heh!
having endured more than my fair share of hospitalization, my first reaction was ... say what! do nothing please, thank you!
but then again... with my foot as it is, my life style is kind of limited. i can't run or exercise vigorously. driving the car makes my foot ache.when i get cramp or stretch my foot in my sleep ..well... pain tends to wake one, even from the deepest sleep!
i sat in the doc's office, my mind doing wheel spins. do nothing or an op and six weeks in plaster. hmmmm!
eventually my sixty year old brain made the grown up decision. i signed the consent form and the mighty nhs's pre op exercise swung into action. every part of me was prodded, poked and checked. it was fast and efficient - i am finally impressed. i was also a little nervous, this was too fast. when were they thinking of operating? when in doubt ask!
me, in slightly strained and panic stricken voice ... "ummm, about when will this op take place?"
pre-op nurse ... "well ... the list is quite long, probably not before the beginning of september ... eight to twelve weeks, unless ... the consultant has a gap."
i exhale and feel my tensed muscles relax, okay dokay, i can handle september.the efficiency with which my pre op was handled had me worried.not a problem though, merely another case of nhs hurry up and wait!
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