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to be a petulant child and feel Hard Done By?

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Greensleeves Wed 13-Feb-13 15:23:46

am stuck at home with a knee injury, I can't weight bear at all and need crutches to get even a tiny distance

I have been referred to the Acute Knee Team (who knew?) and should be seen fairly quickly. My GP thinks I have torn my anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus

The real bugger is that I can't get to the loo safely without help, because I can't get the crutches up the stairs and I need them to get to the loo from the top of the stairs. When dh or kids are here they take the crutches up and give them to me when I get there

I needed the loo earlier and obviously dh couldn't just pop home and help me, he is 5 minutes away by bike and would come if he could but he is under serious pressure today. So we agreed (via messenger) that I would try by myself and take my phone so I could ring him if in trouble. So I did it by myself, couldn't get the crutches up the stairs so had to half-hop/weight bear on the bad knee, which is now agonising. Am aggrieved and sorry for myself. Especially as when I was trying to hop to the loo the phone fell on my foot <childish wail>

I can't phone a fried to come and help me go to the toilet, I really can't. And I can't get at food and drink either because I need both crutches to get to the kitchen. This has been going on since last Monday and I am fed up!

self-pitying rant over. Please don't flame me. Am not blaming anyone.

PITA. It sounds rotten. You need a commode, sorry.

Awww sad That does sound annoying. Can you go in a bucket downstairs somewhere? It's needs must if you're hurting yourself trying to struggle upstairs.

ChristmasJubilee Wed 13-Feb-13 15:31:04

Phone out for a pizza and get them to bring you some coke! Hope you feel better soon.

Greensleeves Wed 13-Feb-13 15:31:38

I really couldn't do that, I am a bit phobic about it. My dh would have to empty it, it would be hideous

I will cope, it's just horrible, and scary at the top of the stairs when I could slip. And dh would have remembered to leave me some food and drink where I could reach it, but mornings are a bit of a nightmare at the moment with Aspie ds1 who is being Mr Awkward.

HKat Wed 13-Feb-13 15:31:48

No flaming here, that sucks. Could you bum-shuffle up and down using good leg to push?? Alternatively, yes, commode could be the answer! Good luck anyway!

Billwoody Wed 13-Feb-13 15:32:11

It does sound rotten.
Can you get another set of crutches to keep upstairs?

Sounds awful sad

Are you on Facebook? Can you put a plea out on your local boards for a spare set of crutches to keep upstairs? Or phone your GP and ask him/her how you'd go about getting hold of a spare set for upstairs.

Amazon have some for sale at around £20 with delivery, or maybe go on yell.com and find your nearest mobility shop and get your DH to pick you up a spare pair on your way home. And chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

ImNotaPheasantPlucker Wed 13-Feb-13 15:35:04

Could you keep one pair of crutches upstairs and another downstairs? (Assuming you can bum-shuffle up to get there)

ImNotaPheasantPlucker Wed 13-Feb-13 15:35:35

Massive x-post!

Greensleeves Wed 13-Feb-13 15:36:06

I did think of getting more crutches, but it's a bit of a nightmare - these ones are borrowed from dh's friend. The GP said I needed them but that I would have to go to A&E to ask for some as they don't have them at the surgery. The A&E is two bus rides away and I am struggling even getting to the loo.

I cried when the phone landed on my big toe blush

you need to shuffle up the stairs on your bumb using your good leg to weight bear. you need 2 stools or chairs at the top of the stairs, one higher than the other. you then bump from the stairs onto the lower stool, the again onto the upper stool. you should then be able to stand with your crutches.

vice versa for going back down again.

hope you knee gets sorted soon - it must be a pitk (sorryblush )

DeSelby Wed 13-Feb-13 15:37:33

Can you bum shuffle at all? If you can weight bear on one foot then could you take one crutch up the stairs to help you to the toilet? Then slide it down after.

I broke my foot and had pins sticking out of the bottom for 12 weeks so could not weight bear on that foot at all so I can empathise.

I used to put my food and drink in a rucksack, so you can use crutches to and from kitchen. Tea in a flask, bottles for drinks.

Hope you get your referral soon, and good luck! The only benefit I found was that it was the only time in my life I had well toned arms!

Greensleeves Wed 13-Feb-13 15:37:40

we're skint, so I can't just buy some unfortunately.

I will cope, dh has been popping home at lunch time to help me to the loo most days. It's just unfortunate today. I just wanted to moan really. It's so BORING.

I've some spare crutches if you are near me. I'm in Yorkshire

Greensleeves Wed 13-Feb-13 15:40:09

I bum shuffle up and down the stairs, it's getting from there to the loo and back that's tricky. But hopefully my referral will come through soon

I'm supposed to be bloody working today as well. I'm a supply teacher so no work, no pay. Grrrrrrr

Greensleeves Wed 13-Feb-13 15:41:23

lol at juxtaposition between your username and the offer of spare crutches grin that has cheered me up! I'm in Devon but thanks for the offer x

Softlysoftly Wed 13-Feb-13 15:41:55

Freecycle plea for help?

WhatNow2013 Wed 13-Feb-13 15:45:19

I used to sort of balance crutches half way up the stairs and bum shuffle up, then get them and throw them on the landing/post them up the stairs to the top step if that makes any sense... then bum shuffle the rest of the way and retrieve at the top. For getting down, slide them down the stairs to the bottom and bum shuffle down.

I was in plaster for 5 weeks after ankle ligament reconstruction. All I can say is I know it SUCKS.

Adversecamber Wed 13-Feb-13 15:48:40

I would just pee in a washing up bowl or some other receptacle for the time being, not worth the stress on your leg or the danger of going up and down,

There may be a local Red Cross equipment loan service near you.

Greensleeves Wed 13-Feb-13 15:52:38

I wish I had a nice mum to come and make a fuss of me, I think there is a little poorlyzilla inside me that thinks dh should be mollycoddling me, cos I waited on him like Florence Fucking Nightingale when he had his hernia operation

but he can't help the fact that he has to work <grudging>

I can't piss in a bucket, I just can't blush

NoelHeadbands Wed 13-Feb-13 15:56:56

Wee in a jug, pour down sink. Leave gravy off the menu for a while.

sleepsforwimps2010 Wed 13-Feb-13 15:59:56

op you have my sympathy!
i had very similar issue a couple of years ago; my solution was sting around the top banaster rail - i tied the crutches to it while i sat on the bottom step, went up on my bum then pulled the crutches up by sting!
went up and down like that for about 8 weeks...

hope you get seen quickly knee pain is the pits!

Bum shuffle for loo has to be done.When I broke my foot exdh would do me a tray in the living room every morning with kettle, cappuccino sachets, cup a soup, food, water, books, crossword book etc. I think I would have gone nuts without it. You have my sympathy, it's a pita.

valiumredhead Wed 13-Feb-13 16:02:01

You need to get over yourself and wee in a bucket - sorry to be blunt but it's either that or risk falling and doing more damage - I know which one I'd rather do!

My dh had to empty my commode for 3.5 months as I couldn't get upstairs at all - he didn't bat an eyelid, not once and I wouldn't if I had to do the same for him.

Red cross are good ime.

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