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Right old knees up

This morning I had surgery to reconstruct my anterior cruciate ligament in my right knee, torn whilst playing indoor football earlier in the year.

Mistakenly the nurses appear to think I am some kind of sportsman. Those that know me will not read the rest of this post because they will be on the floor wetting themselves.

I should also refer the polite nurses to my physio who when discovering the extent of my injury asked me if I warmed up before playing football.

“Does the 5 minute walk to the indoor gym count?” I asked. Well not really she replied. “What about warming down?” she said.

“Well I walk back.”

Fortunately for me this is my first ever surgery despite being in my 40’s. Previously the closest I’ve ever come to understanding operations, was that funny little board game with the tweezers!

Sadly despite years of paying or contributing to private healthcare both in the UK and the US, I had to have my first ever operation in the King Edward Memorial Hospital in Bermuda. Imagine Lewisham Hospital after the war.

And it does seem that in the two years I have lived here I’ve spent more time in this place than any other hospital in my life. We do have an option to have operations off island but this particular surgeon was recommended by well over 10 people and he did fill me with a lot of confidence, unlike the admitting nurse this morning who spent five minutes telling me that she’d had the same procedure but now her shoulder was fully recovered. I grabbed the black felt tip pen out of her hand and drew a huge circle on my right knee.

Anyway the morphine is kicking back in and I should be home tomorrow by half-time.

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  1. Dave #

    Re the King Edward Memorial hospital, I’ll bet the care and attention you receive is also closer to Lewisham hospital after the war. Lack of funding in the NHS doesn’t help but the biggest problem is far too many people who don’t really care or take any personal responsibility for what they are supposed to be doing or the patients they look after. Like you, I am hospital-free into my late forties but you kind of know it won’t stay that way….

    September 18, 2010
  2. Gary Rowett said he couldn’t speak highly enough of the surgeon.

    September 18, 2010
  3. Dave, I have certainly been a more regular visitor to the hospital as I’ve got older and suppose it was only a matter of time before I had an op. At least I can tick that one off now. Stay well mate.

    September 18, 2010
  4. Kings Hill Addick #

    I lasted about 4 weeks before I had my first operatioon, and for one reason and another I’ve had something like twelve now. In the end it all becomes a little run of the mill.

    The morpine afterwards is always nice, or am I not really supposed to say that?

    Anyway best wishes for the recovery. I’ve always found that drinking lots of beer helps. That’s what I always do and I’ve always recovered so I have a 100% success rate.

    September 19, 2010
  5. The morphine was nice. I actually wanted to take some home, you know, just in case.

    Beer is more readily available I suppose.

    Thanks for the best wishes KH.

    September 21, 2010

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