The road to recovery continues... (Update 2)

My next round of appointments is now done, with more to come in the New Year.. Here’s the outcome of both:

Consultant

Yesterday I went back to my consultant to see if the fluid on my left side had gone down, and thankfully the x-ray I had showed that the fluid was no more.

Whilst I was there an ECG was requested, because my heart rate was over 120bpm - they seem to think that the bars are causing some irritation to the sack around my heart, and because of this they also requested an Ultrasound. The Ultrasound seemed to be OK, but the consultant is still planning to write to my GP to request some medication that will slow down my heart rate.

I also had post-op photographs taken, so when I get my hands on those I’ll be able to post them.

This photo was taken within the few days following my operation -   I’m not going to post before/after pictures just yet, but I will be making a video on my YouTube channel at some point, so they’ll probably be included.

This photo was taken within the few days following my operation - I’m not going to post before/after pictures just yet, but I will be making a video on my YouTube channel at some point, so they’ll probably be included.

Physiotherapist

Today I had an appointment with my physiotherapist, and he was happy with how I had progressed since my assessment. He has given me some new breathing techniques, stretches to continue the progress of being able to lift my arms higher and a few different ways of starting to twist my body.

When I return in January we are going to put together a plan for getting me fit for work, including starting to lift heavier objects. He also recommended an eight-week spinal exercise programme, which we’ll discuss further.

If you want to read the original post that details my experience from the initial referral to my recovery, click here, and if you have any questions about my experience, you can use the Contact page to get in touch.