September 2018 Update

Firstly the most important news of the month, at least as far as I’m concerned!

When I left the hospital, I was told by the physios that I wouldn’t be able to ride my bike until I had my hip replaced properly next year! They were wrong!

British Blue cat
Toby keeping Garry company

After an appointment with my consultant. The one who operated on me and the one who would probably be the most pissed off if I damaged my temporary hip said that I was okay to ride my bike!

It’s just down to me whether I feel strong enough to cycle. In fact, she lifted all restrictions on what I can and can’t do. Saying you’ll know whether you can or not! But you’ve still got months of recovery before you’re fully recovered from the sepsis and completely back to normal! Was I ever normal!?!

Garry McGivern
Garry’s new form of transport

My blood markers are all nearly back to normal. So she also took me off the antibiotics that I had to have injected every day!

Things are slowly improving on the health front. Albeit very slowly, or that’s what it seems to me! It’s only when I look back over a week as opposed to each day I can see progress!

As I’m constantly being told, “Be patient. It’ll take time!”

Pint of lager
Garry’s first pint since leaving hospital

I’m still on crutches and can’t walk too far; my voice is still croaky. My taste buds have gone. Everything has a tang to it, even beer! My shoulder is still frozen. And I still get very tired and have to take to my bed for a nap each day! Some days I overdo things and pay for it the next day. But you know what they say: “No gain without pain!”

back on the bike!

Ever since I got told that I was allowed to ride my bike. I’ve been trying to get on it every day, but I physically can’t. I don’t have the strength or flexibility in my legs!

Garry McGivern
Garry on his bike

However, now, at the end of the month. I’ve managed to get on it a couple of times with a real struggle! But not had the confidence to try and cycle yet! I’m now thinking of getting a ladies’ bike or a 3 wheeler!

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4 Replies to “September 2018 Update”

  1. Is that the man who cycled round the world? why not hire an electric bike and cycle along the seafront. There’s a lot to be said for a ladies bike. I only do about five miles but it’s a tonic.
    Best wishes – Malcolm

    1. I was offered an electric bike, but it I just couldn’t bring myself to getting it, it would be like giving up!
      A ladies bike could be the way forward!

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