The Sunday Blog: On a Monday!
31st March 2014
Right, I wrote this blog post ready to post yesterday evening, but I ended up going over to the library to get some GIS work done and I forgot all about posting this. So lets pretend it’s still Sunday and go from there…
First things first I would like to say Happy Mother’s Day to my fabulous mum! My mum does so much for me even though I don’t live at home. We Skype a few times a week and when I do come home, or she comes to visit me, she makes sure I’m well stocked up with essentials and spoils me rotten! It appears that I don’t have a decent or recent picture of me and my mum (I have a habit of taking pictures of just my mum and dad together) so here is one of me, my mum and my dad from two years ago when we went to Corsica on my 18th birthday cruise.
Now, on to the matter of my week. I’ve still been having problems with my hip, but on Wednesday I came back home ready to go to Oxford on Thursday morning. It took us about 2 and a half hours to get there and so I had to get up at 6:15am so we could get there in time.
I was going to Oxford to see a surgeon for the medical assessment part of my medical negligence legal case. I went to see one of the top orthopaedic paediatric surgeons in the country, and with my recent hip problems I was hopeful that he could give me some advice on my current situation.
From the vast majority of the meeting my mum did the talking as much as my case is linked to when I was before the age of 3. I’m just there for the more recent experiences and my current life with DDH. The doctor was a lovely guy who seemed really positive about my case, although he does have to be impartial. He examined me and all in all I found it pretty fascinating. I found out a lot about myself that I didn’t already know.
Finding out the outcome for my future was still hard-hitting even though I pretty much knew what was coming. I will have to have a hip replacement when I’m 40 and it won’t be my last as they are not a permanent solution. Fortunately, I have 20 years until then so I will try to place it at the back of my mind. I need to get a specialist in Liverpool who can keep regularly checks on me and to make sure that I have someone to go to if I have more issues. After the way the last couple of weeks have been going I will need this help. I’m going to try to push for mobility and disability help, particularly financially. I’m also going to try to get some physiotherapy, rather than exercising myself the wrong way and causing more damage. Personally I think that’s why I’ve been in pain for the last two weeks. I must have done some damage exercising and because of my weak muscles it takes a long time for me to recover.
I am also going to have to tailor my future career to suit my mobility issues. I won’t be able to do any manual work (not that I wanted to it the first place) and anything with a lot of walk involved is a no go. Even teaching apparently isn’t suitable for me, although I feel that it wouldn’t be an issue and that I could probably do it. Fortunately in recent months I have been more interested in an office job, maybe working with GIS or in the sustainability industry working within different businesses. Let’s be honest though, just because someone says I shouldn’t do something doesn’t mean I’m going to listen to them. I’m a free spirit and I won’t let anything stop me achieving my dreams.
In better news, the doctor told me that if I do choose to have children I will be able to carry them normally and even deliver naturally, although the chances of needing a caesarean section increases with age. However, not a lot of women give birth naturally nowadays anyway!
Overall I was pleased with the day as I got a chance to go into Oxford city centre. I’ve never been before so I was excited to see the famous colleges and pretty buildings. We had a short walk around but I soon became tired and it started to rain, so we made the long journey back up to Shropshire.