Will start at today and work back from here.
Big issue of the week is the foot. The vet did some tenotomy work Monday whilst I slept peacefully under the care of a nice man who said he was an anaesthestist
. He took a while finding a decent vein to cannulate so we had time for a chat. I knew a bit about anasethetics as I had spent time in the last few years on a project replacing the anaesthetic machines and monitors in Qld hospitals. I asked him his preferred brand and he was keen as mustard on one. Turns out I had put another model in the theatres and the debate got a little heated. Bit like trying to tell a Holden fan he should drive a Ford.
Suddenly he missed that vein and tried for another, then another. It quickly dawned on me this bloke would be in charge of my life in a few seconds and I had probably pissed him off. So I tried to change the topic. Too late, whack, out I went
and later woke with a huge bruise on the hand where he had been trying for a vein.
How bright am I? But life is like that, you learn from experience. Lesson One...never start a fight with someone in control of your life
The foot has been a real pain since Monday and it will be a while before I get shod by a farrier, but even worse than that I have discovered one of the side effects of Fentanyl. Those with a memory of doping in the racing game might know the drug as Elephant Juice. It is a XXXX strength pain killer they use in an operation where they don't want the patient to be squirming about on the table whilst the surgeon goes about his work. Because mine was an orthopaedic procedure, they pumped in plenty. About the same dose I fear they gave that horse of Lauwrie Connells in the Perth Cup in the 1990's. It won the 2 mile race then went another lap then dropped dead. Fentanyl was also rumoured to have been used by a Brissie trainer in the 1980's to bring off some huge plunges with horses with form reversals off duck egg form. They didn't test for it then and it makes pain irrelevant.
Well the Fentanyl sure kept me still, but it also paralysed the guts big time and this poor little forumite has enjoyed the benefit of zero peristalsis from Monday until today
. I was almost thinking of opening some threads in here that I usually steer clear of just to let me get the sxxts. I even thought of reading some of Phils best articles on JR. Anyway, it finally looks as if I am on the road to recovery. Dressings come off next week. Any advice Racehorses?
Note in the pic, they mark an arrow on the leg with texta pen so they don't cut the wrong one. Pretty clever eh
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