"An update to my story"
About: Astley Ainslie Hospital Astley Ainslie Hospital Edinburgh EH9 2HL Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at Little France / Accident & Emergency Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at Little France Accident & Emergency EH16 4SA Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at Little France / Trauma and Orthopaedics Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at Little France Trauma and Orthopaedics EH16 4SA Scottish Ambulance Service Scottish Ambulance Service EH12 9EB Western General Hospital (Edinburgh) Western General Hospital (Edinburgh) Edinburgh EH4 2XU
Posted by Luckybiker (as ),
My injuries were severe - ruptured arteries (needed 30 units of blood); broken fibia, tibia, femur, pelvis, vertebrae; de-gloved muscles, nerves, ligaments and tendons on right leg. It is no exaggeration to say that without a speedy ambulance arrival, I would have died at the scene (I did die at some point and had to be resuscitated). The police report stated that my leg had been severed, and again, the fast response was important in me keeping both my legs.
- that's not the full story either, because I was subsequently received by Accident & Emergency at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh, transferred to a ventilator in Intensive Care for 5 days, and spent another 2 weeks there, with a succession of 12 operations by Vascular and Orthopaedic surgeons.
- after transfer to a ward (208), I was nursed back from the brink by really caring and capable nursing staff, while under the possibility of amputation. The orthopaedic surgeon (Mr Keenan) had pinned and nailed my fibia, knee, femur and pelvis - and was an excellent communicator, keeping me fully informed, contrary to what patients often say about surgeons! I was a further 6 weeks on the ward, was diagnosed with a pulmonary DVT, and lost 50 pounds in weight.
- during that time, I had X-ray and MRI scans, and was visited by physiotherapists, dieticians and orthotics staff, all of whom were excellent. But I must single out the physios, whose commitment, expertise and humanity I cannot praise highly enough. Their work continued with domiciliary physio when I got home, then physio sessions at the Western General, where I arrived on crutches and walked out without them after more than a year's treatment, including hydrotherapy.
- after discharge, I visited the SMART centre at Astley Ainsley hospital, who were most helpful in assessing my ability to drive, and advising me on options for vehicle modifications so that I could get back to driving, which I have successfully done.
- I applied for, and was granted (for 8 months) a Blue Badge from Edinburgh Council.
When I look back on the last 18 months, and see myself dying at the roadside, then look at the progress I have been able to make, I am eternally grateful to all who helped me get here - it couldn't have happened without the professionalism at each stage, and the coordination between all the different services.