Sunday, 22 September 2013

Back watching my garden............................................ after a week in hospital

It's been a horrible week... I am so pleased to back home watching the wildlife in my garden.

This little Greenfinch (in moult) looks as rough as I feel.
I have spent the past week in hospital... trying to get to the bottom of my knee problems.

Mandy has been brilliant this week but couldn't resist taking this as I returned to the ward after surgery.

I have had blood tests, x rays, ultra sound scans and then an operation to wash out my knee.
They tested me for rheumatoid arthritis but the results were negative.
The surgeon said my knee bones are "raw" so total knee replacement appears to be my only option.

I hated my time in the hospital... I so longed to sleep in my own bed.
The nurses were fantastic and I have no complaints at the care I received from everyone there...
... but at the end of the day there really is no place like home. 

33 comments:

Gary Phillips said...

Hope you feel better soon!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Wilma said...

Sorry there is not a quicker fix to your knees! I know what you mean about being in your own bed. take care.

Bob Bushell said...

You are an invalid, I feel sorry for you. It must have been a great day to get home.

TexWisGirl said...

oh, dear. so glad you are home again. i had noticed your absence and wondered. really sorry about the prognosis for your knee, though!

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Andrew I am very sorry to hear you have been in hospital but glad you are out and back home again to be able to watch the birds in your backyard and to photograph them.

The Herald said...

Sorry to hear of your ongoing knee problems Andrew, I hope you're feeling better soon. I'm sure that being back at home and doing a bit of garden birdwatching will go a long way to help speed up your recovery.

On a positive note my 85 year old mother-in-law had a knee replacement last year (she also has two hip replacements, bionic granny we call her!) and she now goes out with her local walking group, goes dancing with her local dance group and has just started going to keep fit sessions!

So there's hope for you yet...lol!

All the best...[;o)

ADRIAN said...

Andrew, just get them done. It is hell being curtailed by a bad leg or two.
I love the knew header. They do look silly with antlers full of bracken, twigs and grass.
Android Andrew has a nice ring to it.

Sandra said...

Sorry to hear this and to SEE it also... you do look a tad under the weather. hope all is well soon

Horst in Edmonton said...

Hi Andrew, I totally agree with you, the hospital beds are terrible. I spent a week and a half in hospital (had total hip replacement on 22nd of Aug.) and had the worst back pain, they had to give me a special rub for my back which really helped. Hope you get better soon.

Heather Wilde said...

What a horrible week, but hopefully this is the start of putting things right. Hope you are feeling better very soon xx
P.S. Mandy's photography is really coming on ;)

Joe Beale said...

Hope you get them sorted soon and are soon back to your usual self!

Genie Robinson said...

I KNOW you are happy to be home even if you are still in pain. Sounds like you have earned your time watching and photographing the wildlife outside your windows. Love the pictures...even the one of you. Boy, do we make fashion statements when photographed in those gowns. Happy Homecoming. genie

Pantherka said...

Andrew, you been in hospital ... hopefully you will be finally better ... But as I read knee replacement. Surely then you are going run like a hare :-) Home is home ... :-)

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

wow. sounds like you have been dealing with a lot ... get better real soon. i've been vacationing - getting back to commenting & bloggin' again ...

all the best to you. ( :

Stephanie said...

I was wondering what had happened to you, wishing you a speedy recovery.

Gunilla Bäck said...

I'm happy you're back home again. It's big surgery, but hopefully life will get better and easier after that. Mom's had both hips and one knee done. Take care!

Ercotravels said...

So sorry to hear about your tragedy. I hope you will fell better soon..
such your birds looking cute...

Terri Buster said...

Oh my goodness- bless your heart! I hope you are up and back outdoors soon, but rest that knee good! I take glucosamine every day since my knee surgery- it does help.

acreativeharbor.com said...

Sending lots of healing energy hugs ~ glad you are home and your bird photo is fantastic! ~ carol ^_^

Beppan said...

Good to have a garden with wildlife to watch when you feel bad...

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Hospital - not fun. I'm glad you're back home and able to enjoy watching your birds again!

Rajesh said...

Lovely birds. I hope you have recovered well.

Ateliê Tribo de Judá said...

Olá Andrew
Gostei muito do seu blog, suas imagens são fantásticas.
Sinta nosso carinho e o desejo de uma boa recuperação.
E tenho certeza que no aconchego de seu lar essa fase difícil logo passará.
Abraços afetuosos vindos do Brasil.
Joelma

Magia da Inês said...

°º✿♫♫° ·.
Espero que você recupere a saúde logo, tenha fé e paciência e faça tudo que o médico mandou.
Confie em Deus, logo estará recuperado.
Boa semana!
Cheia de alegrias, saúde e otimismo.
Beijinhos do Brasil. °º✿♫
¸.•°♡♡♫° ·.

DeniseinVA said...

Speedy recovery Andrew, I was just talking to a friend about you and she was describing her knee surgery. You have my sympathies! Sweet bird also.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh Andrew I'm so sorry you've been ill...get better soon (so you can have that surgery I guess you have to get well before you can have it probably). Bummer. Glad you're home. Birding will definitely help pass the time as you recover.

Fun60 said...

What a bummer of a week. Get someone to put up some more bird feeders in the garden and focus on the calming world of nature.

Stewart M said...

Not the best way to spend a week - but if it gets the knee sorted it may have been a decent investment.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

JM said...

Sorry about your knee problem and the time you spent in hospital. Glad you're home now. Take care.

Snap said...

after time in the hospital, i'd be happy to be home and looking at my garden, too. take care of that knee and enjoy the birds!

Arija said...

You poor dear. Knees are complex joints and not so easy to fix. Sorry I have not been around, we had to postpone my husband's funeral for over two weeks for the one day when both our children crossed on our continent.
I do hope your knee mends very soon.

Kerri Farley said...

So sorry you have been in the hospital!! Glad you are home!

Brian King said...

I hate to hear that about your knee! I'm sure you'll make the right decision. I detest being in the hospital or even going to the doctor's office. Glad you're back home!