Hip Op – Back to Work

22 10 2018

I’m now back at work after my hip replacement… I was mostly okay but decided to take the train as I’ve only had a couple of very short attempts at driving and it’s over 100 miles to drive to work – even the short journeys don’t seem very comfortable so far! Going over there worked out okay on the train – coming back off my set of nightshifts, not quite so well…

My parents had to pick me up from the station as I had to buy all my food for nightshifts and didn’t want to carry the heavy bags for a mile up to work! The train was quarter of an hour late but otherwise all went okay. I completely forgot to ask them to stop at work on the way to their house so that I could drop the food off unfortunately – this meant I had to carry each day’s meals in – heavy enough but not as bad as carrying the whole lot for four nightshifts!

I arrived at work to a major desk move but found my department fairly quickly. I’d also forgotten my code to get into the building so that took a while to sort out. I remembered my password though – wooo!

I sat peacefully reading my 250 e-mails or so – luckily most could be deleted so that didn’t take too long. I didn’t volunteer for too much of a workload – something I normally do but shouldn’t. I did say I’d do the printing though – the physical part of our job – I felt it was better than sitting on a chair for 12 hours.

Just after midnight, I headed off into our print room and was met by an almighty mess! Only myself and another operator ever undertake any kind of keeping the room tidy or clearing mess up and everything needed doing. As I can’t work in untidy surroundings, and also felt that would be quite dangerous when unstable on my feet, I undertook a good tidy up.

I dragged several huge sacks of confidential paper for shredding out to the shredding room and then came back to sort the overflowing and hard packed huge bin with all the non recyclables in. This was my undoing…

I somehow hauled the huge, stuffed rubbish bag out of the bin and picked a new bag to put into it. What happened next wasn’t too clear. Possibly I was still unsteady on my feet (especially my hugely different length legs)… possibly, I wasn’t yet re-familiarised with the layout of the room after a 6 week absence. Anyway, whatever it was, I fell over the bin!

As the very hard floor rushed towards me, I was in a total panic about my newly operated hip – I simply mustn’t land on it! I twisted sideways to land on my good side and landed half across the bin with my ankle but on the floor with the rest of me – hard!

For a long time, I couldn’t move at all. I was in terrible pain and anyway, haven’t even attempted to get down or up off the floor since my operation so didn’t really know how to do it!

Eventually, I managed to drag myself onto a softer, warmer and higher pile of flattened boxes on the floor near me and sat holding the various painful bits of myself, still in shock. I’d comprehensively bashed in and grazed my left ankle, badly bashed my left (good) hip and the inside of my knee on my operated leg. I’d obviously jarred my operated hip a bit with the impact too…

There is no way of summoning any kind of help from the print room unless you could reach your screen so I figured I’d just have to sit there until either the pain went off and I could get up or someone wondered where I’d got to – could be a few hours that one…

After ten minutes or so, the pain subsided and I managed to drag myself to my feet. I promptly went back to my desk in the main area and sat for an hour or so until I felt I could go back in and actually do the printing. Of course I told the shift what had happened and e-mailed my manager to fill in an accident report the next day in case anything bad went wrong. Printing went okay when I returned to the now tidy room and I printed all week with no further disasters (but lots of good, loud rock music πŸ˜‰ ).

The only other thing which went wrong was travelling home from my last nightshift on the train. I left an hour and a bit early otherwise I’d have had to wait two hours for the next train. I was a bit surprised it took me half an hour to walk the mile to the station – I arrived just in time really. The train was on time and I got to Carlisle more or less on time where I had another hour’s wait for the next train.

I bought my next ticket and went to get a lovely breakfast. I asked for a fried egg roll and asked for an extra egg – I was delighted to open the top up when it came and see one of my eggs was double-yoked – I’d actually, in effect, got three eggs for the price of two! πŸ™‚

We all went and sat on the next train to my home town – I was delighted to see it was to be pulled by an old Type 37 loco – wonderful and powerful old beasts. Everyone sat on the lovely warm train and promptly fell asleep.



A type 37 loco ‘powerful beast’ for those too young to know…

While we sat slumbering peacefully, a young staff member came down the train and woke us telling us to get off the train onto the cold platform again as this train was being cancelled. He reckoned it was broken down but the loco was fine – it had been ticking away happily all this time. I suppose it must have been a problem on the rolling stock itself. The 37 loco pulled the train off the platform and we had to move to another. Our next train would be 0940 instead of our previous 0903. It was already twenty past though.

I was a bit worried as I was being picked up by the community minibus driver at 0922 and my station was ten minutes down the line. I didn’t have any kind of phone number for the driver.

A train came into the platform and we were going to use that as the 0940 but then they said that, if we did, it wouldn’t be available for when it was scheduled to leave at 1013 so now we’d have to wait till then. I had visions of my driver having left ages before then and having to try to get four miles home from the station before I could get to bed…

We got on this train however which wasn’t half as warm and cosy as the last one and so no-one could get back to sleep. It set off in time and I arrived at the station exactly one and a quarter hours late. Amazingly, the driver had still waited for me! He said he’d kept visiting the platform and could see various announcements on the information board giving the progress of our various arrival times.

He quickly drove me home and I got to bed just before midday!

The only other thing of note during the week… it was actually lovely, warm and sunny for two days last week so I was sat out in my parents’ garden after sleeping off my nightshift. As I had my trousers rolled up to catch the last sun of the year (I’m sure), I noticed that all the skin was flaking off my operated leg suddenly. It was pretty awful and wouldn’t stop coming off so, in the end, I got tired of trying to rub it off and just stuck it on with some good moisturiser. I’ve done that each day since and no more has fallen off.

Obviously, anything happening with the operated leg has prompted a vigorous googling session next time I’m online just to see if everyone else is having the same. Everyone was! just at three weeks instead of my six. Apparently, the medics reckon it’s because your skin got so stretched during all the swelling it kind of breaks the structure and elasticity down in the skin so it all falls off.

I initially seemed to have no ill effect to my hip after my fall but it did seem to shake it badly and, now, I think it’s actually set it back a couple of weeks in its recovery. Hopefully it will catch up to where it was again soon. I can’t lie on that side in bed any more though…

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24 responses

25 10 2018
Kristin

Oh my! Hope you have recovered from the shock. I remember how scared I was when I fell onto my operated-on shoulder 10 days after the surgery. Look after yourself.

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25 10 2018
mountaincoward

Yeah I have now but it was super-scary at the time and shook me up for the rest of the shift.

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25 10 2018
Simon Howlett

Sorry to hear about this setback Carol. I hope you get well soon.

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25 10 2018
mountaincoward

Thanks Simon – looking forward to reports of your latest trip! πŸ˜‰

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24 10 2018
Blue Sky Scotland

That sounds an epic commute to work even when fit. Bad luck about the fall. I blame the loud thrash metal music of course- the most likely culprit. It’s the Devil’s gateway to access this world. A slippy slope as the bible clearly states :o) .

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25 10 2018
mountaincoward

I didn’t have the music on at the time! I only commute for my set of shifts, not for each shift…

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24 10 2018
John Bainbridge

Pleased to see you are getting about. I’ve never heard of anyone getting the leg problem. Is it unusual?

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24 10 2018
mountaincoward

No, it’s extremely common. BUT, one inch is considered excessive so I’m not sure what he was doing making it a whole 2 inches longer! 😦

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25 10 2018
John Bainbridge

I hope they do a lot to correct it.

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23 10 2018
underswansea

Sorry to hear about your fall. Lucky you weren’t badly injured. I hope you quickly get back to where you were previous to the fall. What kind of a print room is it? Is it digital printers or is there presses and finishing equipment. If the latter you shouldn’t be working alone. Take care.

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24 10 2018
mountaincoward

Just like huge office laser printers. Single, cut-sheet nowadays. We started out at my last firm with a printer the length of a room and continuous paper with sprocket holes!

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23 10 2018
Geoffrey Sturdy

Evening Carol – who was shift leader ? he should have at least sent someone in every so often to keep an eye on even if it was just a head around the door . Good thing you weren’t badly hurt HR would have gone bananas

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23 10 2018
mountaincoward

They never do. To be honest, any site I’ve worked at, you’re on your own in the computer or print rooms. I once got trapped in a printer on my own for an hour one hour into a 12 hour shift. Luckily, I managed to fight the damned thing off!

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23 10 2018
chrissiedixie

Gosh, Carol! Hope things settle down to a smoother recovery again than that first day back at work!

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23 10 2018
mountaincoward

I was really discouraging to have a bad fall on my first night back! I’ve done okay since then though. Plus the management are taking the messy room seriously and we’re trying to get the tidying of it more ‘regularised’!

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23 10 2018
smackedpentax

Hi again, sorry I seem to have missed your posts for awhile, I have been terribly busy and haven’t blogged much or had too much time to read other people’s posts. I have just caught up with your last post and have read about your new hip and your fall. Glad you are OK, but it must have been frightening for you. I am glad that you are on the mend now as I know you were in a lot of discomfort with it and it was seriously hampering your hiking, which is a huge problem if you love the outdoors. Can’t write too much now as I am on the North Yorkshire Moors and the signal on my phone is dropping, but will all your posts that I haven’t caught up with and will be in touch πŸ™‚

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23 10 2018
mountaincoward

Nice to hear from you – have you settled into your new home?

Very jealous of you being on the North York Moors! My leg is still hampering me but it’s the huge leg length difference which is causing the problems now. I’m looking forward to getting the built-up shoes for my normal leg in January or so – wish it was sooner…

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23 10 2018
smackedpentax

I spend my time between Scotland and the North Yorkshire Moors, although I still have a part of me in Otley. I don’t work in the corporate world anymore, I am now a freelance photographer and it is so nice not to spend my life in front of a screen getting told what to do by an idiot! I am sure that you will soon feel the benefit of your new hip, it took me awhile to get used to my new knee but I am so glad I had it done. Your body has to get used to it and once it has, and you gain more confidence you will be fine. I use a stick now when I walk on the moors and hills and it helps with balance, I wouldn’t be without it πŸ™‚

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24 10 2018
mountaincoward

I found using a stick pretty wobbly. I’m walking okay without but really need the leg length difference sorting or I won’t ever get above 3 or 4 miles!

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24 10 2018
smackedpentax

I find the stick useful for going down steep hills 😊

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22 10 2018
simplywendi

may you continue to heal and feel even better than before!

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22 10 2018
mountaincoward

I’m getting around better and faster now… just the leg length thing is giving me a horrendous bad back 😦

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22 10 2018
simplywendi

I am so sorry……..sending a prayer up for you that your back pain will heal……….

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23 10 2018
mountaincoward

That must have worked as, although it’s still very stiff, it’s stopped hurting again πŸ™‚

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