Wednesday, 19 November 2008

The operation is over


Colin Monteath in the Kelley Range Arthurs Pass. Photo: Bob McKerrow
Bob looks great ....now he'll be able to get down on his knees and pray five times a day again...amazing machines here that help him bend the new knees which will speed recovery. Knowing Bob he'll push himself and will soon be on a zimmer frame...then a bicycle...then skis...you'll see! Lovely nurses here too..the one at the front door told me Bob had already escaped. I wanted to bring him red wine but thought the hospital wouldn't approve...so, red grapes had to suffice. Bob is not up writing so asked me to write this
Colin Monteath

Top photo:
Surgeon Ed Newman marking where legs and knees have to be cut so new knees can be inserted and replace the worn ones. It also guides him on realingnment of leg. Photo Ruia McKerrow:






Not so bright after having surgery for bi lateral knee joint replacement. The pain was the worst I have ever experiened once I had to start walking on them the day after the operation. It is better now and I am making progress on rehabilitation. Aroha my daughter is on the right, there to comfort her Dad.

FUTHER UPDATES ARE IN THE COMMENTS.

13 comments:

Ruahines said...

Kia ora Bob,
So glad to read you are well and the operation a success. I will bring my tramping boots down south! Take care and Kia kaha.
Cheers,
Robb

Marja said...

Ah all over and done with.
Hope you are feeling better soon.
Sent you my blessings
Marja

PATERIKA HENGREAVES, Poet Laureate said...

Kia ora Bob

I'm abolutely delighted to hear that the operation went according to plans. Your pictures are fantastic. Now, I'm praying for a full recovery so you can continue the good work you do and to ride with your kids. Much blessings to you, your family and the medical team.

Rangimarie

Cheers
Paterika

pohanginapete said...

Crikey, are you sure Ed knows what he's doing? Those knees look to be in a rather strange position ;^)

Very pleased to hear the worst's over. Best wishes for a trouble-free and speedy recovery, Bob.

Bob McKerrow said...

The last six days have been the most humbling and painful of my life.
To Tara and Rob, Pete, Paterika, Marja your love and support has been deeply appricated.
To my daughters Ruia and Aroha who have come every day, often twice a day, from busy schedules your love and support has made a huge difference.
82yrs old mountaineer Ed Cotter pop in yesterday and talked from the guide to the learner.
Colin Monteath has poped in and kept in phone contact.
Robin Judkins who hates hospital pops in on average for 2mins a day before running off into the christchurch mist.
Thanks to all other family and friends who are phoning regularly. I could not have done this alone.
To Ed Newman and staff I love your style, rough, tough and result vocus.
God bless you all, you have got me through a tough time. Bob

Ruahines said...

Kia ora Bob,
Good to read you are on the mend. My thoughts are with you and your continued recovery. Kia kaha!
Cheers,
Robb

Bob McKerrow said...

Kia Ora Robb.

I go home tomorow to family and my own books. Its been my hardest journey yet, but can only see the Port Hills. Maybe we can cross them together. Some snow forecast in the lower SI mountains tomorrow My welcome !Bob

Jamie said...

Hey Bob,

Good on you man, I can't imagine what its like to not be able to use your legs for a bit, a new perspective aye, you'll come out stronger for sure!

Hey, I found a get well present for you today (in the corner of a room I was tidying) they are brilliant. Whats your postal address down there?.

I have been missing your blog, although have found Robbs and Petes now too, which are lovely places to visit!

Take care

Jamie

Bob McKerrow said...

I MOVE TO 34 FLOWER sTREET TOMORROW. THATS IN BRYDWYR. I WILL BE HOME FOR MONTH OR MORE. GIVE US A PHONE NUMBER AND I WILL INVITE YOU ROUND FOR A BBQ WHEN rOBB AND OTHERS COME DOWN.

BLOODY PAINFULL BUT THE RETRED SHOULG GET ME UP A FEW HILLS AGAIN.

sEE YA. BOB

Bob McKerrow said...

Paterika

Thanks for your comments which gave me a lot of strength when I needed it. I could feel your prayers. These are the moments you need friends.

Thanks

Bob

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