Today was the third fracture clinic visit – and it went very well! As soon as the doctor saw the x-ray he said “That’s much better”. This confirmed Christine’s feeling that the arm had improved significantly over the last few days – she has more movement with less pain. She can stop using the sling as of Friday (4 weeks after the accident) and has an increase in the regime of exercises to be done. All good news but the timing of the next stage of our trip is still looking like October at the earliest. In the meantime we continue to enjoy living in Tadworth in the summer with very few commitments!
We are very grateful for the kindness and generosity shown by so many people to us. We have had so many goodwill messages. We have been lent beds, chairs and a table while our furniture remains in storage. We have received, and gratefully accepted, many invitations for meals. And we have received more extremely generous donations to our chosen charity from Stephen’s former work colleagues here and in Italy. And that despite not reaching the Black Sea.
Christine had her 2nd visit to the fracture clinic and the x-ray showed the fracture is stable. That is good and means no operation. She has to go back in another week, and all being well, a further 3 weeks. She will then also need to be checked for osteoporosis. Meanwhile she is still wearing a sling and having to be careful, so Stephen still has to carry on doing the chores (groan!) We are lucky he enjoys cooking!
When not doing the washing, cooking, shopping, washing up, chauffeuring Christine, etc, etc, Stephen is keeping himself amused by gardening (the veg patch was overrun with weeds while we were away) and (you will not be surprised to hear) a bike ride most days. And watching the Tour de France of course!
Christine is a little “lost” now that Wimbledon has finished but there is the golf starting tomorrow and The Ashes as well as the Tour and she is reading books galore!
Although we are missing the new experiences and the excitement of traveling, we are also enjoying the “downtime”. Tadworth really is a lovely place to live and especially in the summer.
We have turned our thoughts to where we will go next, and that does largely depend on when we can restart (to avoid the cold weather!). But we are DEFINITELY going off again when the arm is mended! We will continue to post updates (health and travel plans mainly) here but they will be less frequent than when we were traveling as little changes from day to day of course. Please drop Stephen an email if you would like us to notify you when we are off again to avoid checking this blog from time to time.
It was a mixture of good and bad news on Saturday. The good news was the confirmation that Christine does not need surgery. The bad news was the forecast that it would take 3 to 4 months for her to recover 90% of the use of the arm. Given the weight we are carrying she will need at least this.
We arrived home yesterday evening (Tuesday) and went to A&E at Epsom hospital this morning. X-rays revealed that the arm is broken!!!! Madam is now wanting a big badge saying “I am a big brave soldier because I pushed my bike with a broken arm”!!!! It doesn’t appear to be a bad fracture that will require surgery thankfully but we have to go to the Fracture Clinic on Saturday morning for the definitive view. In the meantime she has to keep her upper arm reasonably still but move her lower arm and elbow regularly to retain movement.
And also keep the tennis under close observation – which is not a hardship for her!
We have been touched by the number of good wishes from everyone via the blog, Twitter emails etc. It is really good of you all. Thank you.
As we said in the previous post, this is not the end of our travels but obviously we need to make sure Christine is strong again so we are not sure when we will be off next.