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Fires were well away from me thankfully.
Have a few friends who were fighting them though.
They are buggered from the long hours.
Used to do it myself years ago.
Did close to 25 years service.
Captain of my local brigade for 3 years, a training officer for the shire for about 10 years as well.


The trip itself to Sydney was really good.
Biggest hold up was Albion Park Rail.

About 6 hours of travelling for a procedure that was over and done with in a couple of minutes.
Had to wait a little to get the films and disc to give to my surgeon.

Have been told by the surgeon that they will try to get me up the next day, but wont force me to.
But they will force me up the second day post op.
Have been told I will be in hospital for 10 to 14 days.

Just finalising the last few things that are neede to be done before I head up on Thursday.

Trying to take enough stuff with me to keep boredom at bay.
Books and computer and mobile are a priority.

Going to print out some test tags today for all the electrical stuff.
Some places get a bit anal about that.
Telling them Im an electrician sometimes helps, but they love seeing tags on stuff.

Need to deal with my junkie friend today and tomorrow, and get her moved out by tomorrow arvo.
Hopefully dont need to get the cops involved, but half expecting I may have to.

Cheers

Rob.
 



 
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Hi Rob,  don't forget the chargers for all your electronics & Mobile.  Get an AVO on her, might give you peace of mind, Gotta be cruel to be kind.
   All the best with it all.  Which hospital you having it done at?
 




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Got all the chargers and stuff ready to go.

Talked to her last night, and she is aware she needs to leave.
Said it was organised with her mum.

As for the AVO, I have thought about it.
The cops have been here a few times over various stuff she has done, and they will push for one if they get called again.

Trouble with that is that due to my job, I dont want the AVO against me, which is how she will likely portray it.
Having an AVO against me may have an adverse affect on my security clearance.
And I dont want to give my employer any reason to terminate me.
They have been good so far with me being off work for so long, but are making grumbling sounds nonetheless.

They are a company that portrays itself to be an employer of choice.
But their rules and regulations are designed to screw the employee at every chance.
If you use their rules and regulations against them, they say that your interpretation isnt how it is meant to go.

Anyway will just have to see how things pan out.
 



 
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Cant believe its been 2 weeks since I headed up for hospital.

The operation has been done, and by all early measures appears to have been successful.

The first few days after surgery were a blur, or maybe 5 days, such is the memory.

Ive had a few ops previously, and never had a problem coming out from being under.
Usually just wake up, have a look around and ask for something to drink.

I had no idea what was happening this time. I was actually freaking out a bit.
My vision was impaired. Everything was blurry, anyone moving around looked like a wisp of colour or a ghost I guess.
The voices around me were coming from some other worldly or non worldly place.
Thinking it took about an hour for things to settle.
Nurses werent too concerned though, they had seen worse.
Guessing it was because I was under for so long, and all the previous ops had been short.
Not sure how long I was down for, 5 hours or so I think.

The pain for the first couple of days was pretty savage.
And the staffs way of dealing with it wasnt quite to my liking.
I had 2 types of pain. Surgical pain from the op itself, and neurological pain from the nerves being moved around so much during the op.
They dont like being touched, and become inflamed because of it.
The staff were trying to treat the specific pain.
I just wanted pain relief. ANd until the pain was dulled, I wasnt in the mindset to discuss the finer details.

I knew endone was going to work to relieve the pain. But apparently they can give me smaller doses than I can myself at home.
Instead of endone they wanted to give me something else.
Finally we got to a stage where I had my mind in enough order to understand what they were talking about.
They seem to think Im going to be able to have a logical discussion whilst in agony.

I really think some nursing and medical staff need to experience extreme pain at some stage, so that they have a bit of an idea of how it actually affects your decision making, and perception of whats going on.

They had me standing up beside the bed the next morning doing the walking on the spot thing.
The day after, they got me walking with a very tall frame. All good. Had a few walks during the day myself.
On the third day I was walking around the ICU on my own, and even walked to the ground floor kiosk for a coffee. Under supervision of course.
Think it was later that third day that I was put on the ward.

From what I can gather the operation consists of grinding or chiselling the vertebrae down to a point where they can remove the disc.
This stuff they chop away then gets put into a blender. Along with some plasma and whole blood.
They have little cages that they place between the vertebrae to give clearance for the nerves, and keep me the same height.
The little cocktail of bone and blood is placed in the cages to help speed the process of the bone growing completely to fuse the vertebrae.
Screws are then used to hold it all together. And a scaffold arrangement built alongside the spine to help with stability.
Thats 2 rods with attachments on them that also screw into the vertebrae.

Some of the pain I have now is actually on the front of my chest.
To perform the op I was placed on what could best be described as a 2 post hoist cradle.
2 of the contact points were my chest.
And they looked just like the adjustable points on a hoist.
Was also supported around the hips. No dramas from that though.

I have a wound from the top of my bum crack extending about 12 inches up my spine.
Had 25 staples holding it together.

Admission on 23rd.
Surgery on 24th.
Ward on 27th.
Half staples removed on 3rd
Other half removed and discharged on 4th

Its amazing how quick things happen these days.
Surgery like this not that long ago would have resulted in being in traction for endless periods.


Each day I can feel some improvement which is really good.
Just have to keep on top of the painkillers to make the day bearable.
Still spending most of my time laying in bed.
Walk across the road each morning for coffee though.

There were moments I wished I had never had the op. But fresh doses of painkillers fixes that.

But sitting back at home now, I can feel it was worth it.

Now to answer the email from my employer demanding to know what is going on.
Cant feel any love from them at the moment thats for sure.

Cheers

Rob
 



 
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Good stuff Rob great to hear it all went well for you get to healing fast so ya can get back on the bike great stuff man.
 



 
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Good on you Rob,it must feel good to notice improvement...
 




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Hi Rob,
  Good to hear that you are back home. Just take this at a fairly easy pace, with Me they said try and walk as much as I could handle. Which helped and was back on my bike 3 months later, when Rx & Jen came down from Qld and I rode back with them and done a tour around before heading home.
 




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Yeah Im walking okay and easier each day.
Got a nice coffee shop across the road from me.
About 200m walk each way.
First day I just made it.
Second day no dramas.
Been across twice today. Groceries next door.
Taking it easy, but pushing a little all the same.

Spent most of yesterday in bed.
The body said no to doing anything.

Off to the docs this arvo for more painkillers.

Now all I have to do is get the neighbour to not bother to keep knocking if I dont answer the door.

Silly old bugger knows what Ive been through.
And Ive told him to knock once only.
Poor old bloke is getting alzheimers.

Anyway. Recovery going well so far.

Cheers

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Well its 12 months to the date since I had the crash.
They have almost finished building a roundabout at the intersection where it happened.
The roundabout was funded by a government black spot program.

I think I contributed to the statistics that got it funded.
There was a fatality at the same intersection a year or so ago that would have counted as well.
But a fuckwit drug dealer doing 140 in a 50 area is no real loss to the community in general.
I do feel for his mum and step dad though.
His ex at the time got a nice payout.
The 14 year old he got pregnant apparently got nothing.

I go to see my specialist in a week to have a check up and work out a rehab type plan.
Im hoping to avoid using a physio.
I have used them already, but I have never thought thay did anything good for me.
Common sense in my own actions seemed to give me better results.

I think that a monitored exercise program with light weights and swimming will do me more good than being manipulated by a physio.
The last one I used deemed that the pain was in my head and that he thought that surgery wasnt needed.
With his little piece of paper, he thought he knew more than a doctor with lots of training and 30 dd years of practice, and an orthopeadic surgeon with 20 plus years experience, and a neurosurgeon with close to 40 years of experience including teaching a good percentage of current neurosurgeons.

Overall my recovery seems to be going well. But Im still dependent on a lot of painkillers.
I thought I would be off most of them by know, but I did have a little setback when my friend got overly excited and jumped up on me.
But that seems to be settling down.

Im still walking a bit like a drunk old man at times.
But I am slightly off my head with painkillers, so that is to be expected.

Cant say that its been a great 12 months.
All because the driver looked but didnt see.

Anyway, time for another walk across the road for coffee.


Cheers

Rob
 



 
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Take ya time Rob,  before you get in any pool. Make sure no open wounds still or can infect.
 




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Good to see your coming along man....
All the best.
 




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Take care Rob, good to hear your on the the road to recovery.
 




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Hope it all goes well for ya mate  
 



 
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Some interesting views.

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Would have shown these earlier, but took me a while to work out the pic upload procedure for this site.

Cheers

Rob
 



 
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Fitness and weight control is the order of the day for damaged backs.
 



 
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Fitness and weight control is the order of the day for damaged backs.



In the ensuing 12 months after the crash, I have shed in excess of 20 kilos.
Unfortunately fitness has been a problem.
Having been unable to do a lot during the time, I have lost significant amounts of muscle as well as the obvious lard.

I have been pottering around daily more and more to bring my "work" fitness levels back up for starters.
Being able to stand around, or walk around for 8 hours constantly is a duty I need to be able to do for work.
Big runways that I sometimes work on require lots of walking to do testing.

Hope to start physio/rehab soon.
Just have to wait for the doctors to manage to communicate with each other to get it started.

But hoping to start next week.
Then 6 months later I should be well and truly back at work.
Will be happy to be getting my normal weekly money instead of the reduced funding Im now on
 



 
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