Apologies this is a long read, but I try to use what happened to me to educate others on what to look out for with my condition
Hi PsiFox here aka Mark. Thought I’d better write a introduction instead of inadvertently hijacking someone’s post.
I used to model a lot when I was a child and teenager, but got into cars, motor racing and girls. I am now a returning modeller as of the start of this year.
Come 2020 I was self employed when covid hit and lost my business and damaged my heart and lungs. As a new business I got no assistance from government, cest la vie.
Fast forward to July 2022 I had a simple day surgery and 48 hours later I was in
A&E getting scheduled for emergency surgery. Turns out the hospital gave me MRSA, which gave me septic arthritis which gave me necrotising fasciitis, which started by eating all the cartilage in my knee.
Then it did its best to kill me and I was in isolation for 4 weeks ( for my protection not anyone else) having 5 sets of Iv antibiotics a day plays tablet,to try to kill the infection. Over the first 2 weeks it got worse, by which time every vein in my arm and wrists collapsed and I ended up with a Iv running into my heart. I had another procedure in that time but my infection count began to drop and after 4 weeks I was allowed home but needed Iv antibiotics at home for another 3 weeks to get rid of it. Getting home was good because I was in a single room and saw nothing of ward life, there was no tele and I was forbidden to go through the door. In addition the internet was awful and just about allowed voice comms but no vide. This along with my disabled wife only managing every 3-4 days meant by the time they discharged me I was going stir crazy. I slept a lot with all the drugs and would wake up to find myself talking to shadows on the wall.
I got rid of it but it’s now always there hiding, ihave scans of my heart and spine as it likes to pop out possibly years later and eat heart valves and damage my spine. A spine which was also damaged at the first operstion when to make it easier I had a epidural. When it wore off there was a tingling in my right foot and a loss of sensation in my sole. Later tests showed the anaesthetist nicked my spinal cord giving the injection. The loss of sensation is getting worse and moving up my leg slowly and starting on the left foot now. The tingling has turned into non stop pain as my nerves make my foot feel like it’s being permanently crushed in a vice.
I’m currently awaiting my fifth surgery for a total knee replacement, a straightforward procedure except my consultant asked me to think seriously because the likelihood is the infection will come out to play and this time it will be used to the antibiotics. He’s told me if that happens I should face up to the fact that if they cannot control it, they’ll have to take the leg, to stop the infection spreading. If it spreads it can take my life.
So since coming out off hospital at the end of August 2022 I live in my living room as I can’t manage the stairs, in fact walking on crutches is so uncomfortable,I don’t go out much at all.
It was my wife who said that as I couldn’t get upstairs to where my bench was going to be in the spare bedroom when I returned, would I like to have the dining room to build in. I have my spraybooth in the utility room.
So since the beginning of this year I’ve been modelling, pain permitting for a hour or so a day although sometimes I do none in a month. I’m prolific and on both my second and third models of the year.
The first took 5 1/2 months so I’m getting better:rofl:
I build anything that takes my fancy as long as it’s biggish to big. This is partly because I have cataracts growing but early days and rheumatoid arthritis in my fingers. I live for morphine and more and more morphine but some days and nights I can’t sleep a wink. I can’t work, I can’t even drive, with no income for almost 4 years I’ve had to sell my mid life crisis (Jaguar sports car not a mistress😎 and some of my best watches) but we managed to pay off the mortgage which was a good thing and my wife is tremendous and buys me kits for birthdays and Christmas. She even found me a1/24 Airfix Mosquito🥰.
So why have I bored you with this diatribe. Since I got infected I work with the U.K. Sepsis trust a charity that aims to increase awareness of this infection. You may not know this, but Sepsis kills more people every year than bowel cancer, breast cancer and prostrate cancer, COMBINED!!!
It’s indiscriminate and kills anyone infant to pensioner. There is no single test to identify it and it presents differently for people.
It can kill you in less than 12 hours from the event that causes it and this can be from scratching your ear on a bush as you mow the grass or from surgery. Like me. Anything that breaks your skin can set it going.
So I’m telling everyone about what this bitch can be and ask that everyone considers going to the sepsis trust website and learning what to look out for with yourselves and your family and friends.
So that’s me in a nutshell, do I like it of course not, but I can’t do anything, I’m not prepared to live the rest of my life like this, my next surgery will be what it will be que se ra as they say.
In the mean time I’m looking forward to chatting with you guys and I assume gals about kits and how rubbish some are and how the good are great and above all learning loads so my modelling improves .
Thanks for taking the time to get to the end. Well done you are certainly patient…
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N.B. If I’m lax replying do forgive me, I forget things and my typing with massive amounts of drugs is hilarious, I spot the error and then type it the same for several attempts before I get it right. I still miss other errors. It’s taken me 2:days to write this.Just as well I’m not writing a book