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I have osteoarthritis in most of my joints and spine plus other spinal problems. I have always managed and recovered well from multiple surgeries. I had an ankle fusion on 4th October and can't put any weight on it for weeks. I suddenly feel my age and very vulnerable. Hospital wasn't pleasant, not enough staff meant that the help just wasn't there and I did what I always do, get on with it myself,but that led to me almost falling and it turned into an official incident. Now at home but totally dependent on my husband. I'm writing this not to have a moan or look for sympathy but to say I truly appreciate now the way I was before. I know how awful it feels to be helpless and vulnerable and if I didn't appreciate my reasons to be cheerful before I do now.