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Me and my leg

Postby sailor return » Wed Dec 27, 2017 09:50 pm

First. a belated Merry Christmas and a current Happy New Year. Some of you may remember me from a few years back, before I backed out of stamp collecting - don't ask why, I can't remember meself.
Anyway, just had a nasty period concerning the lower port leg department. Was out shopping with Management when I had excruciating pain in the left leg. Called in to see the emergency doctor at 1615 and was in Southmead Hospital at 1800
CT scan showed a clot in the artery behind the Knee. So an op.to bypass the blockage was required, which was done a week ago . So now I'm hobbling around with a stick, learning to walk again and keeping an eye on the left foot,which aint half a funny colour! It puts a damper on metal detecting for a few months. The Barber Surgeon said I was fortunate as I could have lost my leg- but could still lose a few toes! It's a bummer really as NHS doe'snt provide a parrot to go with the crutch
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Re: Me and my leg

Postby steeljam » Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:29 pm

Welcome back.
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Re: Me and my leg

Postby phalarope » Thu Dec 28, 2017 03:36 am

Aaarrrr! Ahoy Keith, good to see you back, and very glad you didn't lose the port propeller. :D Here's good thoughts for the toes!!
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Re: Me and my leg

Postby Tonyblack » Thu Dec 28, 2017 06:15 am

Good to see you again!
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Re: Me and my leg

Postby Basement » Thu Dec 28, 2017 09:35 am

Thinking positive, good circulatory thoughts for the port appendage!
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Re: Me and my leg

Postby chrisboote » Thu Dec 28, 2017 11:04 am

Hi Keith

Are you by chance diabetic? I've been told by others, far wiser than I, that a simple clot, once removed, is extremely unlikely to cause further loss of extremities unless there's an underlying complication - e.g. diabetes

If you think you're not, might be worth getting a check - Type 2 can sneak up on anyone

But yo ho ho and drink a bottle of rum - or two bottles if necessary - until you can't tell the difference in colour between the feet :)
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Re: Me and my leg

Postby sailor return » Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:11 pm

Thanks for your good wishes, folks.
ChrisB not diabetic, so far!. I'm following your advice re. rum!
The op. involved taking a vein to bypass the blockage ,reversing it so the flap valves were operating in the right direction. (Who knew veins had flap valves???) Now have three gashes in the leg, each about 4inches long. Pain factor - minimal
Buggerance factor 5/10
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Re: Me and my leg

Postby annebn » Tue Jan 02, 2018 05:06 pm

More good wishes for your toes from here Keith!
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Re: Me and my leg

Postby sailor return » Sat Apr 21, 2018 07:38 pm

About time I bored you all with an update.
Saw the surgeon on Fri 13th(!!). He has discharged me from face to face follow up, but will need to have regular graft surveillance every six months . That involves a doppler gizmo being used to check the circulation.
Am now walking well, though the leg is still swollen, which could last for several months until things have settled after all the internal cutting and pasting.
I dread to think how much the six hour op. would cost in the States.
So that's me sorted, but now Management has a leaking kidney problem! Consultant is trying to sort out the best dosages for the several tablets she needs to take.
Definitely not our year, medically!

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Re: Me and my leg

Postby Grace Speaker » Sun Apr 22, 2018 09:38 am

sailor return wrote:About time I bored you all with an update.
Saw the surgeon on Fri 13th(!!). He has discharged me from face to face follow up, but will need to have regular graft surveillance every six months . That involves a doppler gizmo being used to check the circulation.
Am now walking well, though the leg is still swollen, which could last for several months until things have settled after all the internal cutting and pasting.
I dread to think how much the six hour op. would cost in the States.
So that's me sorted, but now Management has a leaking kidney problem! Consultant is trying to sort out the best dosages for the several tablets she needs to take.
Definitely not our year, medically!

KeithM
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Re: Me and my leg

Postby Penners » Wed Apr 25, 2018 07:48 am

I hope you both make a full and speedy recovery.
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