Some days are diamonds, some days are stones.

Yesterday was a rock. 

I woke early (after very little sleep) to an incredibly sore left leg. The big doses of local anaesthetic administered in and around my wounds while in surgery had now fully worn off. Reality bites.

When I glanced down at my leg for the first time in daylight I honestly gasped!! Oh my lord! There is some serious bandaging/bandage covered external devices down there!! It felt like a dead weight.

It has required a reasonable amount of forethought, teeth gritting and a good number of clicks from the PCA (patient controlled analgesic) to do anything.. and by ‘anything’ I mean move a muscle in my butt cheek anything!

The bandage at the top of my thigh is covering the Precise Nail and magnet. Below the bandage where my knee was ‘released’ is the large external device used in the Ilizarov method of leg lengthening (see my first post for links).

Yesterday was a bad day for me and my Brisbane based support crew (Mark, Mum and Stella) with a day that seemed to have more tears than triumphs. Their tears more in empathy to my pain.

I had absolutely expected pain, but obviously it wasn’t the holy wow kind that I’d prepared for… Ever the optimist when the physiotherapist visited me yesterday I believed I’d be on my feet in no time.  

The reality was that just manoeuvring my leg to the edge of the bed was difficult AND letting it dangle over the side of the bed had my head spinning🙄.

I felt bummed. 

That was until Ivan (Dr Astori) arrived with a green felt folder for me..

‘What is this?’, I asked.

‘Your toolkit’, he replied.

 You call that a toolkit? I call it a spanner 😜 (but still love it!)


24 thoughts on “Some days are diamonds, some days are stones.

  1. Michelle

    OMG! when I read that and see the image it really sinks in what a HUGE process this is and will be for you. I look forward to hearing what you have to do with the spanner though, I assume you are not keeping yourself occupied by building things! thinking of you xxx

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  2. Torren

    Hey Rosie, thinking of you and your recovery. There will be good days and bad but the end result will be worth it…. oh yeah is that a 12mm ratchet spanner? If so the race car trailer could do with one of those in the toolbox. So when you are done with it…..

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  3. Sonia buchbach

    Absolutely wonderful news nothing in this life worth doing comes easy so one day at a time sweet Jesus and you my friend have the strength to get through this . I know it will not change you as a person because beauty is only skin deep but the change will make a huge impact on your life for the better . Also with the wonderfull family support you are lucky enough to have the impossible you can do miracles take a little longer good luck with your journey Rosie xxx


  4. Wow Rosie, just reading about all this now. Incredibly brave of you to “take the step”. I hope the outcome is every bit and more than what you anticipate. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. xx


  5. Di & Trev

    Awe Rosie! Take everything and ALL pain numbing meds that are offered.
    Baby steps! Literally. Your team is going to see you through this.
    Love always and a very gentle hug🌺


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