Tuesday, October 06, 2009
I've never been one for hanging about, I like to get on with things once I know what I'm doing. I enjoy walking and birdwatching so the last two weeks have been a bit of a bummer....
It was a lovely sunny morning seven am, I'd been in the garden filling the feeders for the birds, feeding the fish and generally looking around and as I walked back to the house there was suddenly a horrible pain in the back of my knee. It was excruciating, my leg almost gave way and I grabbed hold of the rose arch and the bird table to stop myself from falling.
I can only describe it as a 'twang' you know like elastic snapping and I not only felt it....I heard it too!
I shouted for my DH who luckily hadn't left for work and he helped me inside.
The doctor said it was a pulled hamstring and the usual RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) applied. I got painkillers and had to sit with my leg up and ice it every hour for ten minutes. He said it would take up to six weeks.
So far so good...BUT by that night my leg was so swollen, hot and painful that I was in agony and couldn't bear to touch it and the muscles kept spasming so bad I was shaking like a leaf and absolutely worn out...each time it happened it felt like I'd run a marathon!
DH rang the NHS helpline which advised us to go to the GP Acesss Clinic at the local hospital which we duly did.
They thought maybe a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) or a fracture...they couldn't believe I hadn't fallen or twisted when it happened and that I was just strolling normally and on a perfectly flat lawn!
Next stop hospital accident & emergency at a hospital twenty miles away!....
When we arrived the first thing DH saw was a sign informing us that there were waiting times of up to two and a half hours....oh dear!
Anyway after registering at the desk we were shown straight through to the examination cubicles as we had a letter from the doctor at the clinic....priority!
To cut a long story short, I had a scan, x-ray and a very painful and manipulative knee examination...the outcome was no fracture, no DVT but I'd sprained the cruciate ligament in the back of my knee. (it should be re-named the excrutiate ligament!!!)
I was strapped up, given strong painkillers, told to keep my leg elevated and to ice it ten minutes every hour.
Now two weeks further on the muscle spasming is much better, just the odd one or two and nowhere near as bad as before. It feels like bad cramp in the calf.
My leg is almost straight, I just can't seem to manage to put it right back yet.
I'm doing my physio exercises and limping around...without my stick.
I sleep well some nights and others...well, I don't!
Still taking painkillers...not as strong or as many, I've tried to cut them all out but it hurts so I give in again, especially at bedtime.
A Sparkfriend recommended the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovitch, I've read three so far and really enjoyed them. They made me laugh out loud.... it's really hard to laugh when you're in agony!
I also seem to have read loads of other books and magazines, watched daytime tv, done crosswords, sudoku, zentangles, word puzzles etc. and I've generally sat around and done as I was told.
What I really miss is my walking, birdwatching, photography and gardening....can hardly wait to get back to it.
Thanks to everyone for the Spark goodies and comments they're much appreciated.
So I'm getting there slowly...shades of the tortoise & the hare...and hopefully one day soon I'm going to be up and at 'em!