It does seem a very long time ago that Arabella fell on broken glass and ended up in hospital. In fact, it was 10 long weeks ago.
Since having a lot of repair work done including the stitching back together of her patella tendon, Arabella has been living with her leg in a full-length brace.
A few weeks ago it was time for the brace to come off and for Arabella to gradually begin bending her knee again. For this she had sessions with a physiotherapist who removed the brace and replaced it with a dial-up version where you can set it to the amount of degrees you wish the knee to bend.
We had one week at 60-degrees and Arabella was often stumbling about as she tried to get used to a leg that had been in a fixed position and was now on the move.
When we went back to the physio the notes said the surgeon stated it was now time for her leg to have full range of movement. The device was altered and after a 90-minute session late on a Friday afternoon, we came home.
That night Arabella went to the movies with some friends. And fell down a flight of stairs. She was taken to the Emergency Department of the nearest hospital where she told them her knee had ‘given way’ as she descended a staircase and that she’d felt a ‘pop’. She was told it was probably nothing to worry about but to have an MRI just to be sure.
I wasn’t being very sympathetic as to be honest, I’m quite over ‘the leg’. Ten weeks of her ‘disability’ has been more than enough and Arabella is overly dramatic and prone to gross exaggeration so I was quite sure any ‘pop’ would have been extremely insignificant and nothing at all to be concerned about.
MRI’s don’t happen immediately; you need to get in the queue. So she came home from hospital and over the weekend we watched as her knee expanded until it was the size of a melon. And there was some very suspicious black bruising behind her knee. On the Monday, and during a cyclone, we went to our local hospital to see about some queue jumping.
The doctor who examined her leg ordered an ultrasound. The results weren’t conclusive but the doctor was quite sure Arabella had nothing to worry about and that she hadn’t re-severed her patella tendon. But just to be sure he said she should go ahead with the MRI. We were told to be grateful that she could have it as quickly as in three days time.
After the MRI it was another three days before the results came in. Arabella went to see her orthopaedic surgeon who gave her the news that the ‘pop’ she felt was in fact the patella tendon being blown apart.
I could have cried. Because we are right back where we started 10 weeks ago.
As it is now almost two weeks since re-severing her tendon, the doctor wanted to book her in for the surgery as soon as possible. But that meant her being admitted to a hospital almost an hour from where we live in a part of Sydney I am not familiar with.
The surgery was scheduled for tomorrow however I’ve just received a phone call advising the operation cannot go ahead because the surgeon needs to order in a piece of equipment and it won’t arrive in time. So we’re now looking at Monday.
And then it will be eight-weeks with her leg in a fixed position while we tape up the leg for showers, chauffeur her around, help her put on her shoes and try to be sympathetic. And then she’ll start the re-habilitation of trying to bend that knee again.
This time with no ‘pops’.