I was a fit healthy(ish) Compliance & Facilities manager and things were looking good, my son was just about to leave for his first year at uni, my job role would have almost certainly have quickly led to promotion, my wife is a teacher so a half decent wage coming in from her. We where set to do the midlife thing of planning for our future and life looked promising after so many years of hard graft.
Then one bright sunny May morning in 2013 a 7.5T rigid delivery vehicle decided that neither the speed limit, the buildings 1 way system (that has a plethora of large signs warning of such) or entering a ģateway meant for cars and clearly signed not for delivery vehicles applied to him, if I sound bitter it's because I am...
The upshot of his actions is I ended up with the truck running over my pelvis and basically shattering it into several pieces (for those that are unaware of just how serious even a minor pelvic injury is then just think how much stuff is in and around it) I remained concious untill the paramedic pumped me full of morphine & ketamin, I believe he was with me within 5 mins of the incident. I was already in the capable hands of my Fisrt Aid team who assisted until the ambulance arrived.
The next thing I was truely aware of was waking up in a hospital bed (about 3 days later) with a lung drain attaching me to the building and more tubes and machines beeping than I could comprehend, then seeing my wife and I realised something major had happened.
I had undergone reconstructive surgery on my pelvis consisting of numerous plates, pins and screws, including what look like 3" corse coach bolts via keyhole surgery, it was performed by possibly the best consultant/surgeon in the country who just happend to be on duty when I was bought in, if not for Mr.Ben Davis I would have almost certainly had an external cage. The fact he managed to get all the mettlework inside me, into position and secured whilst having to put the bones back into position (yep, I was properly squashed) to do so without damaging any number of blood vessels, guts, pipework for kidneys, bowels..... the list goes on, is testiment to his skill.
I also had a fractured L5 vertabre, closed degloving to the lower right leg including knee and foot and a fractured left ankle, but having beat the odds of surviving the incident, surviving surgery and after months of hospital and residential rehab coupled with the most amazing wife, family & friends I can get around the house on sticks with lots of convient resting spots every cpl of meters if I need them, anything further than the car requires either using my wheelchair or scooter.
I have been left with chronic pain in my back, pelvis, right hip from right knee down and to a lesser extent my left hip lower pelvis and knee.
That was 2.5 years ago and its been a rollercoaster both emotionaly and medication wise. I am now on 160mg mst, 325 Pregablin, 50mg Dosulepin, 7.5mg Zopiclone, Oramorph when required and a few others. I have just swapped Gabapentin for the Pregablin and its the best thing I've done as unbeknown to us all my digestive issues were partially down to me being intollerant to Gabapentin and with the 3600mg daily dose it was crippling me, this coupled with my newly emerged intollereance to nuts and legumes. This means that I know I will be in less pain in a week or 2 when I stabalise my pregablin dose, but also the brain fog is hitting me, it feels like Hermione Granger has just hit me withe Stupify spell, but I know that the best I can hope for is to live a severly restricted life of managing my activities, my wife now only works 2 days a week so she can (and I hate that this is the case) 'take care of me'.
Anyhow, all my medical team where eager for me to keep a pain journal and this looked like the best one so hello everyone thats made it this far down.
Don't know if I've included too much info or irrelavent stuff, but here I am, I'm not looking for sympathy, just seeing if this tool can help me and maybe I'll have the answer to a forum question...who knows, but here goes 😲