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Thursday, 3 January 2008


Homecoming delayed... again...

Once again, the saga of Tracy's recovery has taken a twist that we didn't expect...

Following her operation on Christmas Eve, Tracy has been having some difficulties with her right leg - nothing serious, just a lack of strength and a leg that feels "like someone is sitting on it". As a result, we were expecting her to stay in hospital a little bit longer, but to come home some time next week. Well, at least that was the plan until yesterday, when she spoke to the specialists who said they wanted to transfer her to the "intensive rehabilitation ward" where she could get regular, intensive physiotherapy on her leg, her back, her shoulder, her elbow and her hand. Sounded great, until they dropped the bombshell that the move would be for "between 4 and 6 weeks"!!

Once over the initial shock and disappointment of not coming back home as soon as expected, we realised that this would be an excellent opportunity to really push ahead with her recovery. At present, she has very little real movement in her right arm, which is pretty much locked at the elbow and wrist, and with very little movement in her fingers. Add to this the issue with her leg and the need for her to get used to having restricted movement in her back as a result of the fixation, and the chance for intensive physio for 4-6 weeks is not to be sniffed at, even if it does mean she needs to remain in hospital.

And so we're resigned to her being "inside" for longer. We'll still have our Christmas dinner and present exchange when she finally comes home (even if it's in the middle of summer!!). I'll also look to return to work next week, as I'll no longer be needed at home to care for her, and I can still visit daily in the evenings.

So once again our plans are changed for us... but this way when she finally does return home, she should be much more mobile!

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