It’s always exciting to find a quilt displayed – sometimes when you least expect it. This was the case when we attended an appointment for Robin, it was an Anzac wall hanging. For those who don't know, Anzac stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, and we have a public holiday on April 25th to remember the fallen soldiers from both countries. Upon enquiry, I found out that this wall hanging was stitched by the wife of one of the orthopedic surgeons who consult here. One of my aims is to make an Anzac quilt one day soon.
Anzac wall hanging in the medical rooms
Our appointment at Aorangi Orthopedic Centre was for Robin to have his staples removed from his knee. In fact, he wasn't the only casualty who walked into the treatment room, my hand was dripping blood, of all things! Helping Robin out of the car, I reached into the back seat to pick up his crutches, and must have caught my hand on a rough piece of the handle and ripped a gash in my hand. The nurse kindly attended to it for me, washed it out, found me some plasters, and patched me up. I was certainly very grateful for her help.
It turned out that Robin had 30 staples in his leg. In fact, until the coverings came off, we weren't sure if there were stitches or staples underneath. Everything has healed well, no redness or, heaven forbid, infection, so that’s good to know.
The nurse set to with a handy little gadget and snip,snip, each staple was soon removed. She didn't mind me taking photos, and I assured her she would remain incognito.
They were removed very easily
The surgeon then breezed in, confirmed that he was very pleased with how things were going, and we will be back to see him in six weeks time. With a six week exercise programme set up at the local medical centre, hopefully Robin’s mobility will be much improved the next time we return for the follow up appointment.