Hospital time.

Not being a regular visitor to hospital, in fact I have only ever been a visitor being a “patient” was not even entering my head.

A note to this story before it begins:

  The Achilles ruptured on the Saturday the following Wednesday myself and the wife along with 6 other couples were heading out to Benidorm for a 3day break away from the children, work the house and all its stress’s we had saved for probably 6months and all the bags were packed in the bedroom, so this adds to the frustration that I was about to undergo…

The first visit was to the local hospital only built5 years ago approximately costing 30 - 50 million yet still struggling to find a doctor in it! the triage nurse did what I now know as the Thompson test and was very sure that I had a rupture there was no orthopaedic doctor there so was sent 15 miles to  set off for Morriston hospital just to confirm and to see what was the next procedure,  the wait felt longer than it probably was, but positive notes now the nurse was very professional and very informative explaining what she believed had gone on then the doctor arrived and explained the next stage’s and what was ahead of me.  The doctor continued, there are two schools of thought one is, non-surgical put the foot into a cast for 8-10 weeks and progressively bring it from a pointed position back to a flat walking position  the plus side no surgery and what that entails with infection a stay in hospital etc, the minus is that resuming my sporting activities were not as likely, re-rupture rate was higher he stated 27% more likely, or surgical were you would be looking at 6-8 weeks in total either in cast or air boot resume a slow build up back to full recovery and possibly go back to sports and the gym  etc. I felt that surgery was the best option although it did take a full day and a lot of tears on my wife’s shoulders to decide.

So here goes withe the heartbreak whilst in the A&E it became apparent either decision was going to mean a cast , and no flying!! OMG 3 days in Benidorm gone….  

Saturday night and admitted to be a “patient” …TBC


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