Jun 15, 2009
On the 3rd September 2007 broke my left patella while up town shopping. Slipped over on wet paving stones and crashed down on my left knee. Op two days later and had patella wired together as was broken in about 6 pieces. Leg put into brace with a 60 degree movement for 6 weeks. In hospital for a week. Had physio after leaving hospital for a few months. On the 4th October 2008 went back into hospital and had the wires removed - in hospital overnight. Two weeks after this op. on the 17th October 2009 broke my L2 vertabrae lifting a heavy box. Was put in a brace which was more for support than anything the surgeon said. Vertabrae collapsed a bit during the next month and then stopped. Healing underway and saw surgeon last in January 2009. Wore the brace for about 3 months, during the day and going out in the car and up town. Also wore the brace on my flight to Brisbane and tripping around Brisbane. Took the brace off when I came home in April. Had another x-ray at the end of May and healing going very well. Was put on the Fosamax Plus drug after the L2 break for osteo. Had hydrotherapy at the hospital for about 6 weeks and am able to bend fairly well but am being very careful about what I lift. Doing exercises at home to strengthen the back and stomach muscles. It has been a long journey but am getting there.