Thanks to Hackney Aquatics for the many good wishes from swimmers, parents and coaches and of course all others who made the hospital stay bearable. The hospital staff were marvellous too.
Making it worst before it gets better is the phrase the consultant used and that is what it literally is.
Getting out of bed on the same day of the surgery on Thursday in day-care was impossible. Madison had nerve blocks on the left shoulder and general anaesthetic. The surgeons took bone fragments from the right hip and transferred this to close the gap on top of the left shoulder, which is held in place with 2 screws and elastic band.
We kind of thought, it’s just a matter of waking up and going home after a while like it was after the injection Madison previously had but not so.
The pain was immense and all the morphine given did have a bad effect on Madison. It added nausea to everything else. So on Thursday evening Madison was supposed to go home it was necessary to get a transfer to a children’s ward to stay the night.
There is a breathtaking view onto Tower Hamlets’ south-side from the seventh floor of the building at night and reflections also show in the big glass window.
The next day looked quite dreary, it was decided to stop the morphine and concentrate on getting mobile. The physio taught Madison how to use a crutch, so we could vacate the bed and continue the recovery at home.
It is quite disabling to have a crutch for the right leg and a sling for the left arm. There will be no school for the next two weeks and we’ll get work to do from home. With the hip pain Madison could not move around the school and she is also not able to sit up. The screws in the shoulder are only protected by a slight bandage and the arm is kept in a sling.
Yet it is very good that the surgeons did it that way because if they had taken the bone fragments from the left hip for the left shoulder it would be more awkward to move on one side only. It would have disabled one side of the body completely.
Once the Morphine has worn off, it is possible to manage the pain with just Ibuprofen and Paracetamol. What is most important now is to wait for the hip pain to settle so that walking becomes easier. Once the shoulder is fused together there is less chance of disturbing the positive effect of the fusion by accident. So keeping it safe for the next 2 weeks is most important. But obviously we do not want to occupy a hospital bed for 2 weeks when there are so many other desperately sick children in need of it.
Madison can’t wait to get back to swimming once everything is healed up.