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Thursday, 4 October 2007


Progress at last!!

Well it finally happened... on Tuesday Tracy had her skin graft operation, despite being put on the "emergency list" which immediately brought about concerns as we've seen too many operations cancelled for people on that list... anyway, it appears to have gone well, she's now got rid of the dreaded vacuum dressing and has her arm in a "normal" crepe bandage. She also has a large bandage on her right thigh, where the skin was taken from, and that seems to be the more painful of the two areas, and is giving her some discomfort. She's much more alert now, and obviously in a lot less pain. She's starting to try and move her fingers, and last night managed to touch her thumb to her first finger for the first time. Significant progress at last!

In addition to her arm, there's been progress elsewhere too. The swelling on her face has gone completely as the anti-biotics got rid of the infection. And finally, she is due to have her back-brace fitted today. That won't be her final fitment, but it to ensure they get the final adjustments done so they can fit it properly next week... that will then allow her to sit up at long last!! In the meantime, they are increasing the angle of her bed, which last night was amost 45degrees, and according to Tracy is even steeper today - so much so, she's getting a bit dizzy!

All in all, great news and signs of real progress...

As for me, I went to see the Physio earlier in the week, and he's given me some exercises to do to increase the movement in my knee, and to help build up strength in my thigh... which I finally got round to measuring and is 3 full inches smaller than my left thigh!! A lot of lost muscle...

So, both our recoveries continue and we're getting closer to the day Tracy will be able to leave hospital, although it's still a few weeks away.

There's been no progress on the insurance claim front this week, and the solicitors have transferred our case from one office to another, so that might take even longer than our recovery... in the meantime, I've been replacing some of the lost equipment - having bought a replacement Snap-On ratchet from ebay, a new Arai Tour-X, and replacement tools to cover the others lost or damaged in the accident...

All I need now is to get sufficient movement and strength in my leg to enable me to get back on a bike...

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