Accident: Well I have had an interesting week. A week... - NRAS


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Well I have had an interesting week.

A week last Friday,about noon tripped on a gravel drive.

Husband called ambulance ,which came quickly and in spite of the pessimism of the ambulance staff,I was immediately.taken into A and E corridor

After X ray etc turns out I had broken. My right hip. I. Was transferred to a ward by 9 and then two days later had partial hip replacement.

It was an interesting experience as I was found to have a streptococcous infection ,so was being treated for that ,in a private room, as well as my scleroderma and hip.

Most of the staff were wonderful. They got me up and walking soon and after physio and the delivery of equipment by occupational therapy .,I was home

Thank goodness for my husband who is going to be a full time carer for some time ,I'm afraid .

In hospital scleroderma was somewhat of a mystery to the orthopedic staff,one young doctor had to look it up

I was well aware that I knew more about my condition than they did and had to be quite assertive regarding not taking methotrexate,

Sorry for my tale of woe but it's a lot to take in and I guess some of you ,will have experienced similar


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rabbits65 profile image

wishing you a speedy recovery 🙂

Bella59 profile image

Best wishes for a good recovery.

Bessieboo1 profile image

Wishing you a speedy recovery 💐xx

janmary profile image

wishing you a speedy recovery

sylvi profile image

Well what a week you have had darling and well looked after as well. I hope you recover quickly. My one piece of advice is keep doing your exercises. Hugs from me. xxxx

Mmrr profile image

What a week for you, but good to hear the NHS responded fairly quickly and got you the help you needed.I'm not surprised about staff not knowing about your scleroderma nor having basic MTX knowledge. Thankfully you can advocate for yourself.

I hope all goes well for you in your recovery.

Sheila_G profile image

Your treatment was amazing. In these months of doom and gloom in the NHS your story gives us hope. I hope you recover well and quickly.

Fruitandnutcase profile image

Gosh, poor you. What a shock. Glad you got fixed up and are home now. Like Sylvi says - keep doing the exercises - that’s the secret of success - and rest too though. My husband’s physio told him he had to lie flat on his bed for an hour every afternoon and not to sleep in his reclining chair at night.

Just be aware that your husband will be worrying about you too - I know I was when my husband had his new hip and started doing things like walking outside on our really uneven pavements. 💐.

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KathleenMary in reply to Fruitandnutcase

Yes I'm concerned about my husband. He needs his sleep and I'm not sleeping at all well. Trouble is he'd never hear me if he moved to another. Room

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Fruitandnutcase in reply to KathleenMary

Just before my husband went into hospital for his operation home we brought a 3ft single bed downstairs to our dining room and he slept there - that bed was higher than our double bed and it gave him easy access to a downstairs toilet / shower room, we also changed the towel rail for a really heavy duty supportive grab handle that he could lean on if need be.

I was a bit worried that I might not - we’ll definitely wouldn’t! hear him during the night so I bought a cheap baby alarm / intercom in case we needed to talk to each other and that worked well for us.

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KathleenMary in reply to Fruitandnutcase

What a good idea.the other option would be mobile. Phone

Ruth12345 profile image

Golly, what a time. Sounds like things have gone well though.I wish you well.

Take care 🌻

Plumcrumble profile image

Wishing you a speedy recovery 💐💕💕

Gnarli profile image

Oh, but that sounds awful. Thank goodness the NHS swung into action and delivered the solution rapidly. I wish you a speedy and uneventful recovery.

Ferret18 profile image

oh gosh. Glad you were seen and sorted quickly. Take time to fully recover.

Pippy25 profile image

Wishing you well and for a speedy recovery. Sending warm wishes to you and your hubby.

FloozieDuck profile image

Have a speedy recovery,I'm sure youŕ husband will take great care of you.

Glad you are home and on the mend x

Tules profile image

Get well soon

medway-lady profile image

No as I slipped and broke my leg and ankle in August and the NHS were brilliant, told the receptionist "I'd banged my leg" after a lengthy wait my husband reminded them about me. I think I'd been put to back of queue as a bang leg. I was the called through next' in a wheelchair in agony as had walked to A& E from carpark and nurse looked at it, said"You've broken it so off to Xray'' Round to Xray by porterage and back in 30 minutes a doctor sent me back again via porterage and back again. Seen fitted with boot and crutches and out in 4 hours of which one was spent in A &E triage waiting room. I think even with all the issues it is still hanging on but those poor staff look like they are so tired. My sister is still working as a nurse at 68 and how long can the staff be worked so hard. I was seen at fracture clinic 5 times before being discharged and can't praise them enough. My leg and ankle have healed very well and now its just the tendons and ligaments which ache a bit as the soft tissue takes longer than the bone. I thank them for prescribing Ad Cal for past 6 years since the AKI as its worked as I have really good bone density despite over 30 years of RA. Enjoy being spoilt and ask for the remote control and lots of cups of tea. I got a raised loo seat and shower seat from Amazon which really helped as needed and also the plastic shower grab rail really did work as I didn't want a permeant one fitted. Now stored in the garage until someone local needs one. I really hope your up and about soon xxxx

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KathleenMary in reply to medway-lady

Thanks Medway lady. It's a bit. Like being in a nightmare isn't it? I can't imagine your sister working at that age

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medway-lady in reply to KathleenMary

I'm just grateful that despite me moaning about the Ad Cal it actually works. They said my bones are great and it was sheer bad luck I slipped and fell so hard. I never miss a dose now. lol x My sister is still vey fit and well but I know she's finding it a bit much now as gone down to 3 days a week. What would we do without the NHS ? xx and I do have Beneden membership as I thought one day I might need a hip done, but happily no they said my bones are all good and no Oesto either.

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KathleenMary in reply to medway-lady

That's good news thanks

Green230461 profile image

Thank goodness they have sorted you out! Get better soon🌺🌼🌻🌸

springcross profile image

Goodness, what an experience!! Glad to hear the NHS treated you well and hope your recovery is good.

StormySeas profile image

Hi there

Sorry to hear about your accident.

I've just had total hip replacement (not nearly as traumatic as yours as mine was scheduled) but just want to give you some words of encouragement about how quickly you'll get better.

It's a big operation and it was very daunting at first. I'm at 6 weeks now and walk about with no problem - the only thing I can't do is put socks on, but that will come.

Hope you're feeling OK and are being looked after well.

The three things I learned are...

1. Take all the pain relief you're given. The idea is not to be in pain, particularly in the beginning, so you can mobilise.

2. Schedule regular periods of movement throughout the day. Walking if you can, feet wriggling and leg flexing if you can't. The more you move, the quicker you'll get better.

3. Make sure you have laxatives like Laxido. I was really bunged up from painkillers and without Laxido life would have been hell!

4. Have faith that however hard it seems now, in 6 weeks you'll be better. You improve every single day - though it might not seem like that in the beginning.

4a - forgot this one - an ice pack really helped me. I didn't discover it for about 3 weeks, but after exercise I lay down and applied it (wrapped in a sleeve) to the scar. It really helps reduce swelling.

Hope you're feeing OK, and good luck with the recovery XXX

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KathleenMary in reply to StormySeas

Thanks for all the helpful advice.dont fancy ice pack with my Raynaud's as I'm off losartan because my blood pressure had got too low.

StormySeas profile image
StormySeas in reply to KathleenMary

I had low blood pressure afterwards too. Mine was postural, which was a bit scary, but it did eventually go away. If you had a spinal block it might be associated with that…

KathleenMary profile image
KathleenMary in reply to StormySeas

No no spinal block. Often have low bp

katieoxo60 profile image

Thank you KathleenMary, sorry to hear of your mishap , and other illness. Your right the doctors don't often know as much about our illness as we do, unfortunately some think they do and can end in dire consequences. Glad to hear your doctor looked it up . Lovely to hear you are back home, but some hard times to come for you and your husband it is a long haul to recover from a fall when it involves other health issues, stay safe, takecare and hope you have a slow progressive recovery, with no more mishaps. Best wishes to you both.

Stats12 profile image

hope you feel better soon Huney and have a speedy recovery 🤗🤗 xx

Poshcards profile image

Gosh, you were lucky with ambulance, I had a really bad fall, I tripped over the conservatory door trim, flew through air landed flat on my face, rang 111 who said I had possible broken leg and shoulder but as this only gave a category 4, it would be 8 hours plus for ambulance, even though I am 70 and disabled and a very large lady. So, Could my husband possibily get me to A and E!!

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KathleenMary in reply to Poshcards

That's awful poor you.

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KathleenMary in reply to Poshcards

How did you get there in the end?

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Poshcards in reply to KathleenMary

A very painful hop to car, I am disabled, couldn't drive my mobility scooter once there so used their wheelchair. They would let my husband in so I was abandoned in a and e for 5 hours

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KathleenMary in reply to Poshcards

That's awful..poor you . My husband was reluctantly allowed to stay with me

hatshepsut profile image

Good luck with your recovery. Slow and steady is my advice x

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J1707- profile image

poor you quite an ordeal. Yes we know more about our illnesses than doctors. They never heard of our drugs or spell them. We often have to be quite forceful about what’s best for us as the tend to try and over ride what we know is best. Hope your recovery is quick

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KathleenMary in reply to J1707-

Yes problematic

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