Of late I am pretty much living on antibiotics. My body is fighting against infection constantly as my leg continues to want to rid itself of the four steal pins screwed into my bone and two wires that run through it.
I try to take probiotics daily to relieve the pressure the antibiotics place on my system.
When I remember that is.. god help me if I need pills as I get older, my memory really sucks. I know I’ll need one of those special “MTWTFSS” containers!
The infections are actually no big deal – I’m quite used to them and thankfully they have all been superficial and most are in the wires that run from one side of my leg to the other.
So today when I had my monthly visit with Ivan I was very excited to hear that it was time for the wires to come out!
Ivan had hinted at this in my previous visit and I had asked if this meant I would be down for day surgery.
‘No. No surgery is required. It is done here in my offices’, he’d replied.
‘Oh ok. So you just give me something so it doesn’t hurt?’
‘No. We just pull it through, it burns a little but I’ve had 12yrs olds have it done and they were fine’.
I think I gave Ivan one of my ‘special’ looks, ‘Well I’m FORTY-TWO I’m not sure I will be fine.’
So here I was today faced with a double edged sword, this was going to be painful but the outcome would be so worthwhile. Getting rid of the wires is one step closer to ridding myself of the frame!
We first had to check that the bone growth was going as well as hoped. I have had the feeling that it was going great because I can actually feel the bone along my shin.
The X-ray confirmed all was good. Pretty damn INCREDIBLE!
So with that I was prepped for wire removal. Ivan’s tools for his trade did make me giggle.
I would like to say I was brave and watch as he unscrewed the wires, snipped them off on one side of my leg with the ‘wire cutters’ (not the technical term) and pulled them through. I wasn’t though. So just like that they are gone. No more wires.
In even better news the ENTIRE frame looks like it will be removed on 31 January! *insert cheers of joy*
A cast will then be fitted for approximately 2weeks until a splinted moon boot is made for me.
I will then use the moon boot for around for 4-6 months whenever I am standing or walking!!
BUT the great news is I can take it OFF! Bring it 🙌