One Step Forward

Today a better day.
Steve arrived and Peter liked seeing someone other than his loving fiancé and loving mother!
He’d had a terrible night last night but today is much better. The epidural is still working and the management of his pain, was explained very well by Dr Nu the pain specialist, who walked in on her Valentino high heels. She’s very chatty but tough. She told him he had to stop pushing the pain button as the epidural was  working.  If he wanted to get home asap then he had to pass the aviation airlift rules and morphine was not allowed on a commercial flight. ??? Tough love.
Now she wants to come to their wedding!!!!! Could be handy having a doctor there.

Anyway his case manager came today and we had a long chat. They will do another op tomorrow to clean out the wound again! and assess the arteries and the extent of the dead tissue and how far down the foot they have to cut. Originally it was the tips but now it’s further. If that is extent of the lose after this terrible injury then we are lucky.

I was shown the photos so they could explain things and I can tell you they are not for the squeamish. Truly terrible. Our doctors are miracle workers.
So the Doctor  said that after tomorrow they will make a decision and perhaps we could get passed for an avaiation medivac airlift approval for Peter to fly within the next week or two.

No promises but that is the loose plan.

The insurance people are making arrangements between the hospital here and where we will go in Brisbane.

He has a low level private insurance but not for this type of thing, so it will have to be the public system which proved wonderful for Rob. So in major things, public is good.

We think Peter needs to be where there is a bigger support group. I think  he’s still suffering PTSD  and who wouldn’t when he remained conscious and saw what happened to his leg . In fact he said he closed his eyes to block it out but he could still see out of one eye  as it had a cut in the lid! He had 6 stitches and it is healing well.  He also broke his eye socket and has a very sore jaw and can’t chew –  not that he is eating much , no matter how much we try to tempt him. El makes him up protein drinks several times a day and he’s having that.

The physio was in today to make him do exercises on his arms, good leg, knee of bad leg etc  Peter liked this  and in Maitland competitive style did more than he needed to!

Thanks for all your loving support.

We Maitlands are tough!!!!!!

Lucky because we are being tested.

5 thoughts on “One Step Forward

  1. Hello Bella I know things are not right yet and it is a long hard road to recovery BUT things are certainly looking more positive Thinking of you all each day Love and hugs to you all Ginetta xx xx xx xx xx xx

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. Tough you Maitland certainly are – you’ve been tested and showed you can overcome – now you just have to foot again.
    PLeased you are all together again ss it makes a difference to, asLou says, to huddle.
    Good luck over the next couple of days. Great to hear they are even talking about coming home,
    Love Lindy xc

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  3. My dear Fran, I cannot imagine your anguish & pain seeing Peter so unwell. I think of you everyday & pray there is small miracle around the corner. What a support you must be to Peter’s fiancé. Take care & look after yourself. With love, Kerrie X

    On Saturday, 24 September 2016, frans travel tales wrote:

    > brisbanefrannie posted: “Today a better day. Steve arrived and Peter liked > seeing someone other than his loving fiancé and loving mother! He’d had a > terrible night last night but today is much better. The epidural is still > working and the management of his pain explained ve” >

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  4. I remember how,when he lived with us in Calgary,that boy loved his ice cream.when he gets back to Brisbane we will get him a truckload of Magnums!!!
    Things are sounding a bit better- baby steps- pun intended!
    Lots of love to youall.

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  5. You certainly are Tough Maitlands! Now you have a the possibility of coming back to Brisbane to give you hope. Glad Steve is now with you to give support – also glad to see you haven’t lost your sense of humour Fran😊

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