Saturday, 9 February 2013

An update on Ben's progress

After a week, boy-wonder seems to be doing well, despite trying to fly like Batman.

The pipes, wires and various feeds have been gradually detached, and are just down to one canula now, plus the pipe for taking wee away. On Thursday he was required to sit up, and was pleasantly surprised to find that his hips did still bend sufficiently to let him do so.

Friday (yesterday) they removed the dressings from his left leg, and if you're so inclined to see it, the pic is on his facebook page (Ben's icky leg). The entry points for the rods holding his ankle in place have remaining un-infected and the skin grafts appear to be taking. He said it was weird seeing the doctors touching them without feeling it, and I'm not sure he'll ever get feeling back in those areas.

The other bit of progress was that he started physiotherapy yesterday. He's been quite fit, doing gym sessions, climbing, mixed marshal arts & similar, so it was a bit of a shock for him to find himself shaking with effort, just trying to take a couple of steps before feeling faint and having to sit quickly before he collapsed. The whole thing was also enormously painful, despite having oral morphine beforehand.

These injuries have been an enormous assault to his body, and it's not surprising that he hasn't bounced out of bed. So I'm grateful for the progress that HAS been made, and the way he's well enough to get bored now, and to be restless with discomfort instead of only being able to lay still. There's months of work still to do, but it's heading in the right direction.


  1. Anonymous5:18 am

    Good to hear that Ben is progressing well. Prayers for a speedy full recovery.

    Phil L


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