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Day 220: additional

Yesterday was the first day, since the accident in February, that I went to work without a stick.

I was a bit sore and limpy on the way from tube to car on the way home. And I had to peel a snoozy suit off the handrail so I could get off the tube on the way in. But mostly successful, I think.

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I've been intending for ages to write up another entry covering where I am in the great Knee Injury Saga. This is principally for my own future reference, and I don't recommend it for your reading entertainment.

The short version: I'm recovering from the surgery, but considerably more slowly than hoped/expected. I don't have a particular timeline for when I can expect to be back in going order. I am mildly fed up ;)

The longer version... Contains the odd icky bit...

Day 220 )

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Following on from my last post, TfL have agreed to let me take part in their trial of a "please offer me a seat" badge scheme for use on public transport.

Thus far (having only filled in a questionnaire), I'm quite impressed with their attitude. The survey came with a variety of accessibility options to make it easier to read/respond to (I can't comment on their quality, because I didn't elect to use any of them). When explaining the concept behind the scheme, it went out of its way to point out that there are all kinds of reasons you might feel you need a seat when travelling, including things like hearing impairments and mental health conditions.

It wanted my gender and ethnicity (which, when the trial is going to be all about the attitudes of other travellers, may well be relevant factors so I didn't mind them asking). I was offered six choices for my gender (female, male, trans. female, trans. male, other and prefer-not-to-say). I don't know if that list could be easily improved, but feel it's way better than the usual binary (with a possible "no comment" if you're lucky). And I got a freeform text field for "name and title" rather than a restrictive title dropdown - as it was, I elected not to have a title at all. The name'll do for posting.

So, the actual badge and card scheme may turn out to be rubbish, but I feel fairly well-disposed towards them so far.
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Today (day 156 in the ongoing knee saga) I went back to the hospital to have my stitches out. They are now out, and that (plus absence of dressings) makes it rather easier to bend my leg. The consultant reports that everything seems to be healing well and exactly to plan.

Which is good news. But nowhere near as good news as the following:

1. I can stop wearing the anti-DVT stockings. If anyone ever suggests you wear very thick, ultra-tight, full-length elastic stockings in a July heatwave, try to be in a position to say "no" without risking horrible clotty death.

2. I can get my leg wet, which means baths are permissible again.

Yay.

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Just in case you thought I'd resumed normal posting, fear not! The knee injury saga continues...

This entry describes me being in hospital. It's not especially graphic, but it does contain references to medical stuff and illness and post-operative issues. If you'd rather avoid that kind of thing, then the short version is that the operation was successful and I'm home now.

Day 142-143 )
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I've got a bit behind... This post relates to the day 110 days after I fell down a mountain and bust my knees.

Day 110 )

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In case anyone's curious, I've still got bad knees. I just stopped writing about them because I was boring even myself ;)

Day 108 today, apparently )
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I am currently in Whitby with all the little gothses. Whitby, as you may know, is unsportingly full of hills, so I'm a little weary from walking around and also from standing about in the Spa. I'm having a nice peaceful Sunday afternoon sit-down, and figured I'd do a little bit of light catching up on here.

Day 55 )

Day 56 )

Day 59 )
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The story begins at Day 1. The short version: I fell over skiing and have ruptured ligaments in both knees. I've now started into the physiotherapy programme.

Um, what on earth number day am I writing about?

Python 2.7.6 (default, Nov 10 2013, 19:24:24) [MSC v.1500 64 bit (AMD64)] on win32
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import datetime
>>> (datetime.datetime(2016, 3, 31) - datetime.datetime(2016, 2, 21)).days + 1
40


Ah, thanks Python. Day 40.

Day 40 )
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The lift in my block of flats is fixed! It's very exciting. No more crutches and stairs (unless I choose to...).

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The story begins at Day 1. The short version: I fell over skiing and have ruptured ligaments in both knees. I'm making some progress towards walking again.

Day 32 )
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The story begins at Day 1. The short version: I ruptured knee ligaments mid-February and am still shuffling about on crutches (but slightly less slowly and slightly less painfully).

Day 26 )
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The story begins at Day 1. The short version: I ruptured knee ligaments skiing and am still shuffling about slowly and painfully on crutches.

Day 22. Ish. )
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Off to the hospital for another MRI this morning (we're on day 19, if you're following along). If you want to really confuse hospital staff, turn up wearing an extravagant legbrace when they have an instruction to MRI the other leg.

Which turned out a little more exciting than hoped )
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The story begins at Day 1. The short version: I ruptured knee ligaments skiing, and am currently mostly sitting on the sofa. Day 14 (Friday) is a trip to the doctor to hear the results of my MRI. Contains medical details, though not especially gory ones.

Day 14 )
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The story begins at Day 1. The short version: I ruptured knee ligaments skiing, and am currently mostly sitting on the sofa.

Day 11 )
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The story begins at Day 1. The short version: I ruptured knee ligaments skiing, and am experiencing life with dramatically-reduced mobility. Today: shopping!

Day 8 )
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The story begins at Day 1. The short version: I ruptured knee ligaments skiing, and am currently experiencing life with dramatically-reduced mobility.

Day 7 )

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