Garry McGivern’s June-2022 Update

Garry McGivern’s June-2022 update: I’ve been out of hospital for a week now, and the recovery is going well and seems to be going in the right direction. And yes, I’ve been a good boy and not been out on my bike. Most of my time is spent walking, and I’ve even been using the local busses to get a little further afield.

My walks have only been on pavements along the seafront and in town. But as the days go on and I feel more confident, I’m hoping to venture off-road and walk some of the public footpaths across the fields.

Egg on stone wall in front of church
I spotted this as I walked through Felpham

I may have mentioned it before, but I feel pretty confident about this hip. And I’m hoping the infection that has dogged me since last year will have gone. Or if not gone, at least gone back into hiding, as it had in 2018. After all, my hip is packed with two different types of antibiotics. (I’m not too sure how long their effectiveness lasts.) I’ve had two weeks of IV antibiotics and am on a four-week course of oral antibiotics. So if this doesn’t work, I don’t know what will.

I’ll know if the antibiotics are working or at least have an idea if the infection is still at bay when I go for blood tests next week. Where hopefully, my infection markers will still be low. And as I said earlier, I’m pretty confident my markers will be low, as I feel pretty good, apart from the side effects of the antibiotics, which are only minor. And I’m more than happy to tolerate them for a few more weeks.

Hopefully, in next month’s update, I’ll be back cycling, or even better, there won’t be an update. I’ll be writing my daily blog as I’ll be away touring somewhere! Although that may be a little ambitious. But, we live in hope.

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