Sunday, October 19, 2008

Standing on my own two feet

Well, it finally came off on Thursday. The XRay didn't show any movement since the dynamisation so the go ahead was given.

It was quite an interesting process - especially when one of the wires wouldn't budge so Maria had to get the mole grips out. They were, quite honestly, the largest pair of mole grips I have ever seen!

Still, bravery lollipop in hand we set off back over the hills to go to a concert that evening. No hanging about before enjoying my first frameless time for a while. We just have to keep our fingers crossed now that the bone is really solid this time. The leg looks a bit of a mess and possibly still not quite straight, but if it stays in one piece that will do for me.

Anyway, a couple of photos as much for my benefit as anyone elses.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Two weeks and counting

The CT scan last Thursday was very promising indeed, so much so that the frame has been dynamised and I go back on the 16th October, hopefully for the frame removal.
Comparison of the 3 CT scans quite clearly shows how the gap has filled with bone although we can't be sure how strong it is until it gets a real work out. I can't see any obvious problems since the dynamisation; perhaps a bit of soft tissue discomfort, but no significant movement. I gave it a small test last night at a reunion of some old (or should I say former) workmates. A bit sore by the time I got home, but that was perhaps because I was driving so couldn't dull the discomfort by drinking excessively. I'm hoping things continue to be positive and that October will see the start of the end of the journey.
After congratulating Emma in my last post I got to see some photos of the new arrival posted on the treatment room door. I'm sure everyone who attends the clinic wishes Emma and Jessica all the best. I wonder if this means I get an apprentice to work with Maria on the frame removal?