Oct 09, 2012 - 7:01 am
Thought I'd pst a brief update now it is three weeks since my hind quarter amputatation and pelvic clearance for my recurrence of rectal cancer. Histology has come back showing they got clear margins which is great as would have been all for nothing without that. Will start scanning in three months and will be probably offered another round of chemo though cant face that thought at present.
Progress otherwise slow but steady. Colostomy slowed and functioning better and urostomy healing well. The big flap of thigh muscle they used to fill g is healing though has opened in one area so will be a slow process. Still have the sensation of my amputated leg being there but not a lot of what they call phantom pain in that limb so far which is good. Mobility improving and can now do some distance slowly on crutches. Functioning still poor- cant wash or shower properly yet and not worked on how to do tasks one legged but sure that will come.
Team starting discharge planning but need to get some things done at home- wet room, stair lift, ramp- and feel can be a bit more independent before I head there. Considering they said I would be in for 4-40 weeks though I am overall pleased with progress. Has been a huge exercise for the hospital that has included loads of surgeons including the chap flown out from Denmark, there is a debriefing happening next week to look at what has been learnt etc and they have asked me to meet with involved managers for their learning so there is an interesting wider process happening that I hope benefits others down the track.
Anyway that is me for now. Lunch then physio then sleep is my afternoon. Hope all are doing their best to stay well- am watching posts even if not contributing much at present.
Thanks for all the support, hope and prayers,