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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Walking The Robotic

Since my operation on Friday I haven't got out much (not surprising after being hung upside down and disembowelled for six hours). Thanks to everyone for the good wishes, emails, cards and phone calls. They gave me a real boost. I'm pleased to report that recovery continues well.

I was out of hospital on Saturday afternoon, less than 24 hours after being delivered back to the ward. Having been monitored through the night, the drips were removed on Saturday morning. By 9.00am I was sitting in a chair and at 10.00am a nurse came to assist me to walk the length of the main ward.

"I'm just walking the robotic" she said to a colleague

"That's a bit impersonal" said I.

"You guys are in for such a short time that we never remember names", she smiled. "So we always call our DaVinci patient 'the robotic', and everyone knows who we're talking about"

She then told me that once I managed ten lengths of the ward on my own, the doctors would discharge me. So after a bit of a rest and a light lunch, off I toddled, and by 3.30 pm I was out. My old mate Alan Sloman rolled up in his limousine to whisk me home, feeling bruised and battered but very relieved!
Phil at the old chicken hut
The first couple of days were a bit uncomfortable, and I get tired very quickly. Although 'minimally invasive' this is quite a major op after all, so that's not surprising. However, Miss Whiplash got me out for a slow stagger to the post box the day after my return, and the next day a bit further. Gradually the soreness is easing off, and yesterday she drove me to our local country park and we did almost a mile to the old chicken hut and back.

Miss W intends to have me 'hill fit' for Christmas, and ready for her TGO Challenge training regime (brace yourself, Sloman) by the end of January, so plenty of outings in the pipeline. Me? I can't wait.

It's good to be back!

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Blogger Mike Knipe said...

Is that a Hilleberg Hutte in the picture there? That'd be grand on the Challenge, but not really lightweight. Keep plugging away - Whilst following the NHS advice to "Get Fit For Your Angioplasty", I used my GPS to make sure that I walked just that tiny bit further every day. And now I can do nearly a mile.
Sad, really...


October 30, 2008 at 2:13 PM  
Blogger Phil said...


I rather like the GPS idea. Congrats on pulling two challenges out of one hat btw!


October 30, 2008 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger Mike Knipe said...

Er, that'll be four Challenges, Phil - 2007, 08,09 and....wait for it....2010, my tenth. If I don't blob on next year's obviously.

S,VFM - NX as well... CDM?! NDX?

October 30, 2008 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger Mike Knipe said...

Sorry .. I didnt read your last comment properly, I was much too busy with D X, OK?

You're right, two challenges with one application, but four in a row.

October 30, 2008 at 3:29 PM  
Blogger Alan Sloman said...

Are you sure you weren't both in for lobotomies? (Is that how you spell it?)

AB, CD Goldfish
MNO Goldfish!

October 30, 2008 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger Mike Knipe said...

Alan , your poofy Southern accent is showing there -
IBTCD Goldfish
RD Goldfish?


October 30, 2008 at 5:27 PM  
Blogger AktoMan said...

Good to see you up and about so early, Phil.

October 30, 2008 at 7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'We are the robots... we are the robots!'

Hi Phil, do robots like pork scratchings?

Glad to hear of your progress!


October 30, 2008 at 9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to hear you're back among the staggering Phil.

By the way, VXRNDNRs, of course.

November 12, 2008 at 9:35 PM  
Blogger Andy Howell said...

A belated welcome back message Phil.

November 13, 2008 at 8:55 PM  

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