14/12/12 Things have been a bit hectic here, but seem to be calming down a bit, having said that I’m currently sitting waiting to see the neurologist, whilst also waiting to have surgery this afternoon. The surgery was unplanned, and has put my rowing on hold again. As with most things in my life theres a saga connected to it.

I had an operation on my thumb back in September, where my surgeon tried to stabilise my right thumb MCP, and put a K wire in it to help with the stabilisation procedure. All was fine, I was allowed to erg and train as long as I didn’t use my thumb. Last Wednesday, however, my wonderful surgeon cut my thumb open again to remove the wire, unfortunately when he pulled it out, we discovered it had fractured, and at least half of it is still in my thumb. So I’m back in today to have it out under GA. I’m not great with anaesthetics, as I have a lot of drug allergies, and reflux so they don’t like putting me under, and I tend to be quite nauseated after.

I saw the surgeon who said he was operating, but then as I was heading out to neurology, he said my own surgeon wanted to do it. According to the SpR, I’m a bit of a VIP and a project to my surgeon. I’m glad mine is doing it, as I trust him completely. I’m sure the other surgeon would have done a good job, but I feel more relaxed having my own do it.

23/12/12 The final surgery went fine, although the bruising is rather extensive
and I’m still waiting for my dissolvable stitches to dissolve. The cut they had to make this time is nearly as big as the original surgical cut. I saw my surgeon again on Friday, apparently he had replied to my email, but thinks his secretary has decided to post it rather than emailing, which isn’t very helpful!! He was pleased with the results, thumb doesn’t keep coming apart, which is fantastic, it’s just weird to have such little movement in it, when you’re used to an excessive range.

I complained to him though, as I overheard him referring to me as an ‘old favourite’, I objected to being called old!!

The good news is that I can go back to training, I just need to wear my splint for rowing and other heavy activities for another 4 weeks, and then I shall be free. I also need to draw up a training rota, and ensure I find time to finish my degree!!

In other news I haven’t been around for a while, as I kept bouncing in and out of hospital with seizures and falls, thankfully I know how to treat the episodes, although trying to put a needle into my chest with one side doing its own thing is quite interesting!!

I’m now back at my parents house for Christmas. Doing girly things like getting my hair done tomorrow. I’d been putting it off for a while, but having it done up here means Mum pays which is rather handy.

I’ve been looking into funding opportunities for my rowing today. It’s quite an expensive sport to be involved in, but I’m not going to give up because of lack of money. Something will work out I’m sure. There aren’t many options for individuals until you get to elite level, which is where I hope to be soon, but I’ve come across a few options, so fingers crossed.

I’m also drawing up ideas in my head as to what I want to change in the new year. I don’t think of them as resolutions, just actions to help me get to be who I want to be. I refuse to be defined by my medical conditions, and just want them to be the minor tales in my life.

I shall leave it here, and wish everyone a happy Christmas, and a happy and healthy new year.

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