Happy 10 year anniversary new hip socket!
14th Oct 2014
This is perhaps the weirdest anniversary I’ve ever celebrated, and probably the weirdest one you’ve heard of too.
It is 10 years to the day (Tuesday) that I went into hospital for major reconstruction surgery on my hip/pelvis. I walked in without a hip socket, and I wheeled (yes, wheeled) out with one.
Wondering what I’m talking about? Here’s a quick overview.
I was born without a hip socket in my left leg. It went undiagnosed for almost 2 years and so my options were limited when the time came to do something. I had many operations when I was younger to try to fix the problem, but it wasn’t until we went for a second opinion that I discovered that I could have a hip socket constructed from bone taken from my pelvis. It’s more of a shelf than a real socket but it does the job.
I had a 5 hour operation to form a shelf/socket and spent 6 weeks plastered from my chest to my toes, lying on my back and playing Mario Sunshine (Gamecube) for hours/days/weeks on end. As you can see in the picture, I opted for a blue plaster. I’m an Evertonian, what did you expect?!
I had two weeks of intensive physiotherapy after I was removed from the plaster and I had to learn to walk again. I spent quite a few months afterwards in a wheelchair and walking short distances with a frame.
I’m celebrating because 10 years is a long time. It’s certainly not been an easy 10 years but there have been so many highlights. Some of which are hard to imagine doing pre-hip socket.
Here’s what has happened to me in the years since I’ve had my new hip socket:
- I finished primary school and started secondary school.
- I finally went swimming with dolphins. And then did it again for good measure. 😛
- I had surgery to remove some teeth and correct my tongue tie.
- I wore braces for almost two years.
- I taught myself HTML and CSS.
- I began dating Tyrone.
- I left school with 11 GCSEs.
- I started blogging.
- I started college and left with 3 A-Levels.
- I began learning how to drive (I’m yet to pass).
- I started perusing my case for medical negligence.
- I moved to Liverpool.
- I started university.
- I moved in with Tyrone.
- I finished my first two years of university with 1st grades in both years.
- I travelled to 9 countries: Portugal (10 times!!), Italy, France (inc. Corsica), Belgium, Spain (inc. Mallorca), Greece (Rhodes), Vatican City, Egypt and Jordan.
- I’ve had three jobs and I’m still doing my favourite one.
While there are times when I regret having the surgery, I know that my current situation would have been entirely different if I hadn’t had the operation.
I would also not have achieved the things I have achieved without the continuous support of my family and friends.
Right now I’m focusing on the future. The last 6 months have been so problematic thanks to my hip, but I’m making it stronger again and I will get myself to a better situation comfort wise. I will also continue to push my case for medical negligence and prove that someone out there was to blame for my continuous misdiagnosis.