December 7, 2013
I make myself home in the bilateral section of this wonderful site.
May I introduce myself: German, female, 56, living in China since 2006. Hobbies: painting and riding motorbikes to the beautiful countryside of China. Otherwise I am not sportive; retired architect.
My count down to surgery has started. I will fly to Hong Kong 02.01.2014 and the “theater time” will be 03.01.2014. Bilateral, BHR, same time, Dr. Jason Brockwell.
I am supported through my fantastic partner in life, Thomas.
I am so happy, that I found you all! Even, with the best partner at my side, sometimes it is great to have people like you to talk about the nerves, fear, what it takes to jump to the “other side”.
January 3, 2014
I got it!!!!!!!! I am on the other side too!!!!!! I was 6 hours “out”, now I am 3,5 Hours awake. Hungry and thirsty. the PT has shown me some lessons I can already work with. tomorrow they will bring me upright. this was skipped today because I have swelling and water in the lower leg. they will check now for DTV.
the pain injection makes me dizzy. I now have a feeling like strongly drunken, please excuse typing errors.
January 5, 2014
day3, post Op.
one step at a time, yes, that’s the way to do it. ……. and to find joy in this very short, first steps.
to reach the bathroom
to have a shower
…… and yesterday for me the greatest event: to reach a window where I could have a look outside
it is ok, they help you to get moving again. I don’t know the difference to one at a time, I am simply happy to have it done in one go. being in the hospital is not so funny, especially here in China in a ward. OK, a 5 star ward, but you have to deal with the Chinese room mates. only one example from last night: Voice Mail at 0:30!
January 9, 2014
the last 16 hours in hospital are starting now. tomorrow 9:00am, the car picks us up and then we will fly home to Suzhou. I am now 6 days post-op and I. proudly, can tell, that today I managed ca 100m and 1 flight of stairs (up and down). no pain at all, only a little weak in the muscles.
the day tomorrow will be no fun. 6 hours sitting/walking/standing.
we are prepared with comfortable cars, business seats during the 2,5 hour flight, 1. row and wheelchair service
January 10, 2014
we are still in the process to organize my environment.
then there is the psychological aspect; I am not used to ask for something and Thomas is not used to be asked. we deal with this topic with “open talks”.
the icing helps me a lot. I have 4 gel-pads; always 2 in the fridge and 2 in use. I try to cool as often as possible. it reduces the bruising/swelling and takes away some of the muscle itches. every 1 to 1,5 hours I walk around and make my exercises. also each time I raise, I give myself a duty; like, bring back a banana from the fridge, go, brush your teeth, pour yourself a glass of juice in the kitchen, ……. whatever
so, I try to feel more independent again. yes I know, small steps, but I give myself each time a “high5” when I managed a duty.
be patient and cool down!
today I enjoy the beginning fireworks to celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Horse. I am soooooooooooo happy! even with all the restrictions I am happy. a nice bottle of wine is on my table, I am pain free, spring is coming and some nice books keep me patient while being a couch potato. live could be much worse.
I was very happy, that I am now allowed to ride motorbike again; not the two-wheeler but the sidecar. the 650GS needs to wait another 4 weeks because he is not sure if I can hold the bike if it is out of balance with the being weak muscles
still I cannot ride because the sidecar tire has no air and Thomas needs to take care of this. for me it is a problem similar to the hen and egg thing: the fitness center inside our compound is to far away for walking and to close to order a taxi. its a perfect bike distance to train riding again. when I can reach the fitness center I can start exercising and they even have a pool
now I am allowed to change from crouches to the lighter hiking sticks.
I asked him about that funny, vibrating feeling I have had some weeks ago while tying my shoe laces. that was a dislocation and I must avoid it under all circumstances. if you need to reach your feet, approach them “through the knees”, not over the outside of your legs
everybody has a personal goal and mine was to do what I did today. Yippey!!!!!
October 6, 2014
January 1, 2015
today is the day: one year anniversary!!!!!!! yippeeeeyh!!!
I am so happy! reading my diary 1 year back, I remember the anxious feelings, the pain ….. today I am as “good as new”. Dr. Brockwell did a great job with my BHR. in my daily life I have no restrictions at all. ROM excellent, balance great, endurance increasing every month.
the only problem, sometimes, is in my head: for years I was used to step back from “things”. to steep, to far away for walking, terrain to rough, ……. now I learn back courage.
and all this “only” in my daily life, and ………..life`s good!
January 1, 2016
2nd Anniversary is today! Life is great!
No problems, no restrictions, no funny feelings anywhere…..nothing.
I do what I want to do without thinking if I can do it. In 4 weeks we fly to South Africa to make a motorbike ride on the famous Gardenroad. Three years ago, that would have been impossible.
Thanks Dr. Brockwell for making that possible again!