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Finally, the date for my knee operation!

Just as i was sitting at my desk, thinking gloomily to myself, 'no post yesterday or today' - the phone rang.  'Hello, this is Mr Keene's secretary;  i have a date for you - how about 29th October?'  !!  i picked myself up off the floor and said, 'Lemmie look', reeling in shock, grammar going out the window...
No, nothing marked in the diary - i would have cancelled almost anything anyway! - yes, that will be lovely.
Oh, good, says she.  i have to have a pre-op doctor's appointment, not with the Great Man apparently [how surprising] but she would arrange something maybe Thursday next week, would i be at home today?   Yes, i will be here pretty much the rest of the day.  Mutual thank-yous & good byes.
She didn't ring back, mind you.  Leads one to wonder if she couldn't find anyone or just forgot.  i guess she will eventually get back to me.
It is
slightly unreal...  i have been waiting for a long time, over a year for this to happen and from beginning of July since the surgeon agreed to take me on.

Ok...  first things first... Rang Landlord and let him know.  We wound up having quite a long chat, him being a foot-man, what do you call them?  Anyway, he says i should have physio for about 4-6 weeks, once a week for them to make sure i'm doing the exercising the right way
and all.  i mean to do everything and for as long as it takes, probably around 6 months in all, they reckon, according to the blurb...  i'm guessing that is the 'average' but i heal pretty fast usually - touch wood!

Speak softly as the gods may hear you and punish you for your arrogance...

Then i rang Lise - thank you, petal, you have been such a support to me - and sent a round-robin email to my nearest and dearest.   i sat back and thought about what was the most important thing i would not be able to do without difficulty, and if there would be more than one.  Need to draw up a list maybe. 

Next, i rang my ILO - well, the one that is sub-ing for Chris, who is still off sick.  Turns out he isn't [!] but the one that was, he would ring.  She called in not long after actually, which was nice but she isn't going to be doing it for long!  i never know who is on or who is off!   They are very good, when you can pin one down and so far when i have said i need something, they have responded positively and done their best to aid me.

i was most concerned initially over my prescriptions - the visiting ILO said, ring your chemist, you may find they will deliver.  Cool, didn't know they do or will.  She wasn't disposed to sit and chat but said ring if you need help.  i rang as soon as she left and actually got the chemist, whom i had been chatting to the day before when i picked up my pills.  She said, yes, we can deliver no problem as we go to Brookfields every day.  GREAT, thank you!
Need to ring Doctors next, so they can fax the prescriptions to the Chemist...   *stick that on the list*

At the SSRA meeting Wednesday, there was an Energy Officer from the Council and he is keen to help us all he can, so i raised the point about British Gas making drives to get people more efficiently monitored for the electricity and the scheme to keep prices fixed until 2011, i think it was - i have applied.  Hot water is on gas, like the heating but i'm still on an electric key here.    i told him that the proposal for people with access to the internet, being able to apply for an online payment system - for a fee, naturally! - was not possible for me as it needs to be a unit plugged into the phone jack - and i have a lot already on there, what with being on Sky, Broadband, the emergency people and all.  He thinks i should be able to have it in spite of that and he will come round and look at it for me.  Ta - you need to do that soon... 
i have been a little worried about that...  i will put a large amount of money on the key, prior to operation - it takes about £10 a week to run this little flat, what with the cooker, freezer, computer, etc, so will need at least a month's worth.  But eventually, i will need to go do that again. 

i heard some noises outside the front door and three blokes from the Council were trying to find out what turned off who's water - would i run the cold in the kitchen sink, please?  i did but whatever they were turning, it wasn't mine.  Then immediately after, the man came to pick up my return parcel to Home Shopping Direct;  good service that.  But no postman - he actually came some time in the afternoon!  Wow, you're late, i said, taking the two little parcels from him.  Filling in for someone who was sick, he said.  Lot of it going about.  One was Season 6 Smallville i bought for half price normal - not that James is actually in it but having Season 5, i thought it would be nice if i knew what had happened before James comes back in Season 7.  i'll pick that up later, when it is cheaper.   i got to watch 'Arctic' the Season finale, earlier in the week - not much James but what there is, is choice...

oh, i bought  'Perfumes, the Guide' by Luca Turin & Tania Sanchez - i just glanced through it this afternoon - it's fascinating!  i can't read it until i've read my library books though...  i've stocked up on books, and some CDS in Play.com's sale.  Boredom can be a problem when you're recuperating.

Went and found my hot water bottles - nights getting chilly - last place i looked, of course!  It's all very well having a nice warm body but the cold feet are a nuisance and so hard to keep warm, even with socks and slippers.  Always had cold feet, even when the rest of me is fine.

Back to my pre-op to-do-list...  Mark date to stop taking asprins, about a week before.  what else?  It'll come to me...


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Oct. 10th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
*does the happy dance Woohooo!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!1
Oct. 10th, 2008 10:05 am (UTC)
*joins in the happy dance* Woot, woot!!
Oct. 10th, 2008 06:57 am (UTC)
Great news!!! Hope it all goes well - although do give yourself time to heal. A friend has just had knee surgery and is signed off work for another 3 months as she's in such pain.
Oct. 10th, 2008 10:08 am (UTC)
Um, thank you and may i hit you??
Don't tell me stuff like that NOW!! i know i will have to lots of exercises while i heal to maximise flexibility etc and i will lay in lots of painkillers, 'cos yeah, it will hurt... thanks for reminding me!
Oct. 10th, 2008 01:11 pm (UTC)
This is fantastic news and I hope it all goes well. I will be coming up to visit you and will run errands for you should you need me too, or take you via car so you don't walk too much. Remember to make lots of easy dinners that can be frozen and either microwaved or defrosted and cooked with minimum effort, so you're not standing at your stove for too long hunni x
Paul send his love and wishes you a fast and easy recovery xx Jade pouted and said awww hope Jill feels better soon and give her huge hugs xx
Just let me know if you need anything ... I'll be there x
Take care babe

Oct. 10th, 2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
P.S ... I'll buy you a fly swat so you can go ninja on the physiotherapist and nurses , should they be overbearing ... hehehe
Oct. 10th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
i'm still chuckling over that one! Thank you, i appreciate it.
Oct. 10th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
That is very kind, sweets! i will be delighted to see you of course but it is quite a drive...
Yes, Mum! :D i have already started stockpiling frozen meals - whenever i cook something, i cook enough for two and freeze half of it. i bought lots of containers to do this and still have some to fill. i have 19 days to go - wow - and will be cooking like a demon!
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Oct. 10th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you
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