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199409 [2019/03/15 08:08]
vievems [Report on Historical walk on Saturday 9 July 1994]
199409 [2019/03/15 08:17]
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 Members and readers will remember I was unfortunate enough to give myself a nasty broken ankle on a walk in the Nattai N.P. led by Bill Holland about this time last year.  Among the many horrible memories I have before, after and during the experience was the 30 hour waiting time it took to get to hospital. Members and readers will remember I was unfortunate enough to give myself a nasty broken ankle on a walk in the Nattai N.P. led by Bill Holland about this time last year.  Among the many horrible memories I have before, after and during the experience was the 30 hour waiting time it took to get to hospital.
  
-However, my recovery has been excellent, although not 100 percent, and I have been walking again for some time. With this in mind and feeling that the whole sorry thing was in the past, I decided to take up the specialist'​s advice to have the steel plate and eight screws that had been inserted to help the heeling process removed. ​ His advice was in the form of "In old people we don't bother...but you're YOUNG so you should definitely have it out." I guess it was ego rather than medical evidence that convinced me.+However, my recovery has been excellent, although not 100 percent, and I have been walking again for some time.  With this in mind and feeling that the whole sorry thing was in the past, I decided to take up the specialist'​s advice to have the steel plate and eight screws that had been inserted to help the heeling process removed. ​ His advice was in the form of "In old people we don't bother...but you're YOUNG so you should definitely have it out." I guess it was ego rather than medical evidence that convinced me.
  
-So I cheerfully booked in for what I was promised would be a quick, safe, pain free and even happy little operation. All went well until abut a week after leaving hospital when I started feeling a lot of pain and noticed swelling and redness that didn't go away. I carried on at work for a few more days until realised that I couldn'​t actually put any weight on the foot.+So I cheerfully booked in for what I was promised would be a quick, safe, pain free and even happy little operation. All went well until about a week after leaving hospital when I started feeling a lot of pain and noticed swelling and redness that didn't go away. I carried on at work for a few more days until realised that I couldn'​t actually put any weight on the foot.
  
 I limped back to the doctor who organised an X-ray and after a quick look sent me straight to the North Shore Hospital where I was diagnosed as having a well advanced Golden Staph infection and admitted poste haste. I was hooked up to an intravenous drip and given jumbo doses of antibiotics for four days, confined to bed (no, no, not another bed pan, please) but worst of all, my ankle was put back in plaster! Could this really be happening? I limped back to the doctor who organised an X-ray and after a quick look sent me straight to the North Shore Hospital where I was diagnosed as having a well advanced Golden Staph infection and admitted poste haste. I was hooked up to an intravenous drip and given jumbo doses of antibiotics for four days, confined to bed (no, no, not another bed pan, please) but worst of all, my ankle was put back in plaster! Could this really be happening?
  
-My spirits dropped, figuratively speaking, from the top of Perrys Lookdown to Blue Gum in about five seconds flat and then dropped a bit further (wherever that could be) when saw the crutches leaning against the wall for when I was ready to hop around again.+My spirits dropped, figuratively speaking, from the top of Perrys Lookdown to Blue Gum in about five seconds flat and then dropped a bit further (wherever that could be) when saw the crutches leaning against the wall for when I was ready to hop around again.
  
 I never know how, when or why the infection occurred although its commonly associated with hospitals - and if not treated "​aggressively"​ as the medicos quaintly put it, can lead to "bone death" especially in an ankle where there is little flesh and the circulation is not terrific. I never know how, when or why the infection occurred although its commonly associated with hospitals - and if not treated "​aggressively"​ as the medicos quaintly put it, can lead to "bone death" especially in an ankle where there is little flesh and the circulation is not terrific.
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 However, the crutches were thrown aside after a week or so of leaving hospital and I'm pleased to say I have now shaken off the nasty bugs and re-emerged into the able-bodied world again. Total recovery time: about eight weeks. However, the crutches were thrown aside after a week or so of leaving hospital and I'm pleased to say I have now shaken off the nasty bugs and re-emerged into the able-bodied world again. Total recovery time: about eight weeks.
  
-Please, whoever'​s up there, don't let there be a post post-script to this story. Thank You..+Please, whoever'​s up there, don't let there be a post post-script to this story. Thank You.
  
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