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Five years ago, just after losing my husband, I managed to sprain my right ankle quite disastrously. The NHS was, I'm afraid, totally useless, so I went privately for physio and paid to see a consultant who recommended surgery with its very long recovery period. As I was suddenly living alone, I refused. At that time, I was able to get around physically, and hoped the situation might resolve itself naturally.
Fast forward five years. About six months or so ago, the slight limp I'd been developing got very much worse, and stairs became an issue. I found that the weekly yoga class which had helped so much with my grief was no longer possible, although swimming still was - I still had to negotiate stairs up and down to the pool, though. I do work from home, but being a creative writer has very lengthy periods of nothing happening, so I've become very depressed and reclusive. Hoping for a more acceptable diagnosis, I went to see two more consultants, but they all said the same thing.
Think I've reached crunch time, but still can't get my head around recovery and care. Care is expensive, whether in a rehab place or at home, it's at least £1000 a week, and I'm not eligible for social care. I'm in my (otherwise healthy and still working) 80s, and the prospect of that much dependence horrifies me. I'm scared of the immobility, and what it might do to the rest of my body - muscle-wasting etc. It's also, I've been told, a painful op. How much worse can it get if I do nothing? Xrays show I've lost all cartilege around the joint which will not regenerate. Advice, thoughts etc are very much needed - thank you - as I am quite desperate.
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