On the Mend

Some months back I described the results of an unfortunate fall – flat on my face on the pavement in the centre of London – which resulted in a number of fractures – nose, ribs, wrist, neck – the most potentially worrying being to the C1 vertebra at the top of my spine. Staff at UCLH set my arm and wrist in a cast, fitted me with a supportive collar and, after a series of ex-rays, passed me over for further care to the Fracture Clinic at the Royal London Hospital.

Now, more ex-rays, plenty of healing time and a CT Scan later, I am virtually collar-free, the C1 fracture all-but-healed. The restorative powers of the body, even an ageing body like mine, being little short of miraculous. There are exercises to do and, if I feel the need, for short periods the collar can be set back in place. Both the clinical nurse specialist at the hospital and my GP have advised me to walk with the aid of a stick to help guard against any future falls.

So here I am: not exactly a new man, more a slower, more cautious version of the old one …

Author: John Harvey

Writer.

11 thoughts on “On the Mend”

  1. Looking good John. Having ‘stereo’ knees, I find a stick good for balance more than traction. B.

  2. Thanks, Jacky. Good to hear from you – hope everything is going well. John
    xxx

  3. Thanks, Bert. Trust all is well with you and Cynthia. Shortly to go down to Cornwall for a couple of weeks additional R&R. Just looking back at some John Koethe … Best wishes.

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