Back on the waiting list

Well, I am back on the waiting list.  I saw the consultant on Tuesday 13th June 2017, and it was a very quick appointment.  He is happy to do the other leg, and he has put me down for another surgery.

And now, less than a week later, I have already had my notification that I am on the list, and asking me if there are any dates I cannot make, and if I am happy with a short notice op.

Seems to be happening quicker than last time, and I wouldn’t be surprised if its done sometime soon.  Fingers crossed.

And just to spice this post up, here is an apple picture to boot.

Left leg pending checkup

Well, in three days I will be going back to see my Consultant regarding my leg, and to discuss the possibility of having my right leg done.

I have to say, after suffering nearly all my life with bad legs, I really do think it’s worked on my left leg, but alas, my right is still suffering from bad cramps when walking, so hopefully will be able to get that one done as well.

Besides, I need matching scars 🙂

Final rogue stitch removal

I went for my last physio appointment today.  During my deep tissue massage the physio noticed that on my lower scar, it looked like there was still some stitch embedded in the healed skin.

I had assumed it was just a stubborn scab which had not healed, and I had managed to resist the picking of, but guess not.

She sent me down to see the nurses, and sure enough, it was a small amount of thread still embedded in the skin.  A quick prod with some tweezers and it twanged straight out.  At least I got a new plaster 🙂

 

Slow healing

Its now been over five weeks and my leg still looks a mess.  I don’t know if I was expecting it to be healed more than it is, but it just seems to be taking its time.

It feels a bit more comfortable which is the main thing, although the Jury is still out as to if the surgery has had the desired effect, as I still have a bit of cramping when walking. Again, maybe I am just too impatient.

Frankensteins Monster (or his leg)

Well, it’s now been a whole month after my surgery, and my leg is feeling much better now.  It still aches a bit, and it’s not 100% yet as I am still having to be very careful with it.  Everyone seems happy with the progress.  The lower wound still looks a bit iffy, but it’s now dressing free.

I think its going to be another month before my leg looks normal, possibly even longer.

My follow-up appointment is in May 2017, so hopefully by then it will be much better, and I shall have an idea of if the procedure has helped.  I am hopeful, but after a normal walk, it still feels a bit crampy at the moment, but that might just be because I am still tender.

 

Still wounded

Well, today, in the comfort of my own home, I removed the post stitch removal dressing, and unfortunately, one of my wounds is not ready to be released to the world just yet.  The top two look pretty good, but the bottom one still looks a bit yucky.

Bottom wound, still nasty

So, I think its still going to be a few days before I am totally free of the dressings, so will have to keep it dry till then.

Thanks to Nurse Janice who took significant care when removing the dressings, which is more than can be said for the nurse who actually removed the stitches 🙂

Day after stitches removal

Legs feeling better today, but I have a little bit of a bleed going on.

I think its just where the stitches have come out, although the bottom wound looks a bit gammy.

Post stitch removal, bit of bleeding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will be removing the dressing tomorrow, but will see if I need to put a new one on, depending on that bottom wound.

 

Stitches out

I had a follow up appointment with my Consultant today, and it went well.  He got a senior nurse to remove the “special” mattress stitches and he was very pleased with the progress.  He explained (after some very dry humour about how he just did it for fun and that it would not actually help my situation), he said I should be okay to remove the dressings, and shower properly without having to wear my plastic bag on my leg within a few days.

The actual removal of the stitches was a little uncomfortable as she seemed to dig quite deep to get them snipped and out.  Some of the knots had been covered with new skin which caused a little bleeding.

Unfortunately, I was unable to snap a picture without the dressings, so that will have to be in a few days.

Stitches out, but with a small dressing.

I still have to wear the compression stockings for another few weeks, but other than that he said just get on with it.  I am still going to avoid any lengthly train journeys for a while if possible as sitting in a normal position causes my leg to swell quite a bit and makes it a little uncomfortable.

I am currently spending about half my day on the sofa with my leg raised, and the other half working from my desk.

13 Days after surgery

Well, the past thirteen days have been uncomfortable to say the least.

I began with having my leg raised at all times, unless I was shuffling to the loo.  I was able to manage the stairs one step at a time, and in bed, I had to also have my leg raised which made it very awkward to sleep.  As a result, I was shattered most of the time during my recovery.

After a few days of rest, I started to take small walks, just round the block.  This was not too bad, I took it easy initially, but the main pain came from when I got back home as it agitated the wound a fair amount.

After about a week and a half, I attempted my first day out, just to the cinema, so it was a walk, a metro journey, and another bit of a walk.  After being sat in the cinema for two hours I was ready for home as it was incredibly uncomfortable to sit in a normal position for two hours.  As soon as I was home, I resumed my position on the sofa, with my leg up.

It seems to be very achy at the moment, and quite bruised (which is probably the cause of the pain).

Lots of bruising and quite tender

Its another week before I get my stitches out, so I am eager to see what the wound itself is like as it feels quite tight (I assume its got some scabs, must resist the pick).

Also looking forward to being able to shower without the massive plastic bag on my leg 🙂