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badly smashed knee
« on: November 14, 2010, 10:21:50 PM »
Hiya all i hope im in the right place for my knee question. I was involved in a serious car crash in france 4 weeks ago while working. A french registered car hit me head on that was on the wrong side of the road, unfotunately the other driver died at the scene and as for me im very lucky, probably due to me driving a sprinter van.
Anyway i suffered a severe smashed knee, broken ribs and cuts and bruises. The french hospital was absolutely fantastic and couldn't thank them enough. They x-rayed my right knee and found it to be smashed in 3 places and pushed about 6 inches up the inside of my leg and a tendon had snapped. They said its not worth them carrying out the operation themselves and should go to my nearest hospital back in the u.k.
I arrived home on the saturday and went to my nearest hospital and was seen by an orthopaedic surgeon who advised me to be kept in overnight, ready to operate the next day, monday. However this was postponed till tuesday when i did have the operation. The consultant did not explain to me before the op or after the op what they were going to do or had done, i found out by asking for my files where it just said my kneecap was bound with mesh and tendon reattached using wire. I was stapled back together, bandaged and wrapped in an ezy-wrap that the french hospital gave me (excellent bit of kit).
My questions are, can anyone please tell me exactly what they did to repair my knee and how long will it take for me to get back to normal usage, i.e walking,running and driving, driving being the most important because of my job as a european courier which im self employed. Basically i just want to hurry up and get back to work, but what i have read in other forums on here most have taken upto between 5 months to a year, an eternity to me.
Post op, i have been given a appointment which was for 5 weeks later which i thought was a bit late which is on thursday the 19th october.
Also will i need another op to have the metalwork removed and how long again will this incapacitate me?
Any info on this would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks.

Simon

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Re: badly smashed knee
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2010, 11:28:22 AM »
Hi Simon,  So sorry to hear of your accident,but its good news that you have found this site,it becomes a lifeline at times believe me.
I fractured my patella into 3 pieces whilst on holiday in spain, that was in march this year, i too had to return to the UK for the op,having had emergency treatment in Spain,where they put my leg in a half cast from ankle to thigh.
Back in the uk, an ambulance met me at the airport and took me straight to my local hospital,where i had the most common type of fix for this injury,being, two pins, and figure of 8 wiring.

Don't mean to rain on your parade, but unfortunately this is not an injury with a quick recovery time.
It require lots of hard work,the leg stength has to be rebuilt as do the muscles, and ROM has to be regained,all this takes time, and does become very frustrating at times, sometimes you will feel as though you just arent getting any-where,but the secret is, never to loose hope, and try to remain focused and positive throughout.
 
Most surgeons recommend that the HW stay in place for at least 12 months, until the bone has fully healed, and gotten stronger,unless of course it causes too many problems,to force them to have to remove it sooner.
I have still got my HW in place and have an appointment with the consultant in febrary to review the situation of removal.
I do have one or two HW related issues but nothing that i cant put up with,i dont want to run the risk of re-fracture as so many have refractured after early removal,but i am led to believe that the 2nd op is nowhere near as severe as the 1st, and recovery time is only a couple of weeks.
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Remember every-one is different, we all heal differently,so therefore i can only share the knowledge of my own injury,so listen to your doctor, and your PT and you wont go far wrong.
I am now 8 months  post-op, i have full ROM,can now do stairs much easier and pain free, i can walk almost normally, tho be it rather slow,so all in all, i am getting there,and i am just thank-ful that i have come this far.
So you will get there but it does take time,exercise reguarly, though never over do it,and eventually you will see progress.
I  hope i have answered your questions as to what you wanted to know, but if not feel free to ask, as this is what this site is all about.
So i wish you all the best, and a speedy recovery,keep us posted as to your progress.
     Kind regards.
                   coral
« Last Edit: November 15, 2010, 12:30:03 PM by coral 251 »
23/03/10 displaced patella fracture 3 pieces right leg
26/3/10 had op,2 pins & figure of 8 wiring
full cast ankle to thigh 7 weeks.
18/5/10 cast removed xray showing hairline crack
26/7/10 walking unaided,full rom
31/10/2010.6 months post-op check,bone not healed,harware cant be removed

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Re: badly smashed knee
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2010, 12:31:27 PM »
Hiya coral, thanks for your response.
You have just confirmed my worst fears about it being a very long recovery process, im off to find me a tree to hang (joke) ;D.
Before i came across this site, i had some crazy idea it would take about 4-5 weeks to heal and be back to normal, but boy i have come back down to earth with a nasty bump. Its nice to know there are other people like us in the same boat and can yap about it and get through it together. I really cant believe how long it takes to get back to normal, my only problem is, im a very impatient man which i know isn't gonna help in the slightest and having no idea whats happening with my knee beacause the way i was treated in hospital was appalling, but thats another story.
Is it normal for the tendon to snap when a kneecap breaks/shatters? Mine snapped and was not told about it till days later. I will keep you posted and updated with everything and hope yours too gets better quickly coral, looks like im in for a very long ride. :'(

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Re: badly smashed knee
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2010, 02:07:37 PM »
Simon - my commiserations. You have joined the club that no-one wants to belong to, but now you are here you will find a lot of support which will help you to get through this difficult time.

I am sure you have realised by now that apart from being a very rare injury, it is also an extremely severe one, and unfortunately the recovery period cannot be hurried. As so many people have said already – the recovery time is a marathon, not a sprint.

I had a ruptured patella tendon at the same time as my smashed patella - but that doesn't seem to have been a problem at all and actually it is the kneecap that is the problem, not the RPT.

 I think they were able to reattach the tendon quite easily and I was lucky that I had the operation very soon after the accident - I don't know if this helped. I fell at about 5.30pm on the Saturday (wet paving stone) and was wheeled into theatre at about midday on the Sunday.

However - not to put the wind up you - this all happened in August 2009 and I am still far from being right. I think I am unusual in that it is taking so long, and if you read my posts you will see that there are all sorts of reasons that my recovery has been delayed, but I was told that it would be 9 months to a year to get back to how I was before the break, and having spent a lot of time reading other people’s experiences most people fall in this time scale – many, I’m afraid to say, are not right even after a year. Not wanting to depress you or anything, but it really is best to know what you are in for.

Coral is so right in saying we are all different – no two injuries are the same, no two recoveries are the same. We all heal at different rates, some have hardware problems, and some don’t. Mine was removed at about 9 months because it had shifted (fortunately the bone had healed) but I still have a problem as I have loose fragments of bone which are going to have to be removed at a 3rd op. The HW removal was, for me a breeze, and I think most people found it didn’t take them back to square one, so you don’t need to fear that.

You are going to have a lot of time on your hands so do look at as many posts as you can. We have built up a network of new friends on this site, and I have to say that without this support from people WHO KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE I would have found it very hard to keep going. I’d have been looking for a tree and a rope I think.  You will find that in a while your friends and family will find it hard to understand why you are still not better – but you can’t compare this to any other break, or even to a knee replacement – it is much much worse. Because it is so rare, you are unlikely to meet anyone who has had it (only 1% of bone breaks are the patella). I met someone last year who broke his (falling off a motorbike) when he was 18 – he spent 3 months in hospital. That was about 40 years ago, but it will help to show you the seriousness of it.

Very often the doctors do not explain enough – but you will often find the answers here. Use this site to let us know how you feel, share your experiences (and frustrations) and you will find there are people here who really do care. It really has been a lifeline to so many of us.

All best wishes to you
Greta
2009
1Aug:comminuted L patella#+RPT
2Aug:ORIF+cylinder cast
Sept:hinged brace
ROM poor
Oct CT scan:2 large bone fragments
2010
ROM:45
May:all metal out+MUA[110]ROM:90
Sept:ROM still 90
7Feb:MUA[130]+excision to remove fragment;no arthroscopy;all cleaned thru incision
25Feb:followup;more PT

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Re: badly smashed knee
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2010, 03:30:32 PM »
Hiya greta thanks for your info, i feel much better other people on here are giving out great info and offering support, i feel much better already. Still not happy about the time scale though lol. But as you rightly say, theres nothing i can do about it except just go with doctors orders.
Hard to believe its a very rare injury, thought it would be common especially in sports related injuries. Im 38yo so hopefully im not knocking on a bit for it to heal properly. I had my accident on the friday morning and the op on the following tuesday, believe it or not, the pain was far less than after the op.
Luckily for you greta, your's seems to be healing just nicely at a nice rate, wanna swap legs, mine will need shaving though  ;D. My gaffer is not impressed, ive told him its gonna be long road ahead for me in coming back to work and having time off for pt but thats just unlucky, me knee comes 1st now.
Ive found a wealth of answers here, seems most broken/shattered kneecaps have the same surgical procedure, something which my os didnt tell me >:(. I will know more on thursday when i go see him for the 1st time, so will keep all posted. thanks again greta, maybe you should rearrange the t and a in your name, cos thats what help you been lol.

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Re: badly smashed knee
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2010, 05:49:15 PM »
Hi Simon, i can really relate to the "rope",nearly reached for the tablets once or twice i can tell you,but this site was my saviour,as Greta has said, eventually all your friends start to avoid you after a while,they just cant understand why your "broken leg"is taking so long to get better,and get scared you may yet again mention the "dreaded knee".So here you can winge and whine as much as you like,and we all understand, as we are going through, or have been through it ourselves.That is how i have got to know, and corresponded with, lots of lovely people,and even become FB friends with some of them.
I dont go onto these pages much though, i mostly go on to "Bone breaks around the Knee",that is on the bulletin board under "the specialists office",that is mainly our type of injury,may-be you would learn a lot more from that.
Am i presuming right, that you are from Birmgham?going by your KG name, i myself am from yorkshire.

Make sure that you put your foot down firmly regarding the NHS,i have filed a complaint against my hospital,regarding the poor treatment i had,but dont suppose it will do much good.
I have found that water activities, such as water aerobics,and swimming are brilliant for re-hab,and would suggest you take that up as soon as you are able, with sufficient ROM etc,i wish i had done it sooner.
So you take care, and keep your chin up.
Kind regards.
                 coral.

« Last Edit: November 15, 2010, 09:41:58 PM by coral 251 »
23/03/10 displaced patella fracture 3 pieces right leg
26/3/10 had op,2 pins & figure of 8 wiring
full cast ankle to thigh 7 weeks.
18/5/10 cast removed xray showing hairline crack
26/7/10 walking unaided,full rom
31/10/2010.6 months post-op check,bone not healed,harware cant be removed

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Re: badly smashed knee
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2010, 09:32:46 PM »
Simon  ;D Glad I've been able to help a bit - but it is down to this board that the real help comes - I'm just passing on what I've read, and my own experiences. And it is so true what Coral says, that you can talk away about your knee to your heart's content here and we all genuinely want to know how you are doing. I think everyone will agree with me here - we seem to have formed a unique band of friends who really understand what we are all going through.

Some colleagues of my husband have come here tonight for a meeting, and they ask how I am out of politeness. I know they must think I'm a wimp for not being better yet - if only they really understood that there is nothing more I want but to be back to normal, but a broken patella is totally different from any other bone break. 

It really is a rare injury - and you could well find that your physiotherapist has never dealt with it before.  I presume you won't have started any physio yet (are you in plaster or in a leg brace?) but when you do, one of the first questions you must ask them when you make the appointment, and when you actually see the PT is "Have you dealt with this sort of injury before?" - I have learnt that from this site. I had a very bad experience with the first physio session I had after the plaster came off - it was before I'd discovered this site - and I naïvely assumed that all PTs knew what they were doing, and were fully trained for every injury. This one didn't, she gave me the exercises for post knee replacement which are very different and what she did was totally unsuitable, I’ve since found out. I was crying with the pain whilst she was forcing my foot down with a football underneath my knee, trying to get me to bend it. I didn't even have that much pain when I broke it. There is no way that I can prove it, but I do think that the wire was dislodged at that time, and some fragments of bone broke loose (the OS told me at my last visit that the CT scan last October showed that one of the loose  fragments of bone was attached to the wire). I’d had the thigh to ankle plaster off on the Thursday – this was only just over 6 weeks after the break and this aggressive physio was 4 days later, 7 weeks and 1 day after the operation. I’d originally been told I’d be in plaster for at least 8 weeks. Reading other people’s experiences, there was no way that the bone could have healed by then. This was mid September – I discovered this site in October. I was given then to a senior PT in the practice, whose treatment was so different – she said although she’d never treated a fractured patella before; she did her homework before I came in. But I think the damage had already been done by then.  ::)

So my advice is – make sure that anyone who is doing anything at all with your knee knows what they are doing!!! And if they’ve not dealt with it, you must make sure they do know what to do – or rather what not to do. It is your knee, after all. At that early stage, your patella is so vulnerable - you will read on this site of people refracturing – not by falling but by twisting, or the knee collapsing. At 6 months Coral was told that hers hadn’t healed yet – and I think that isn’t unusual – they normally like to wait a year before removing the protecting metalwork which has been put there to hold the jigsaw in place. And they will only remove it if it is causing problems (mine was protruding and showing through the skin). I was very lucky in that my patella had healed at 6 months, although I didn’t have the MW out for another 3, but that’s another story (not related to my knee).

You will learn patience – that is forced on you. For the first couple of months I watched a lot of daytime TV and began to feel I was becoming a cabbage. Luckily I work from home and therefore was able to carry on the work with the computer and my iPhone (which I bought only 3 days before the accident – I must have had a premonition). I have spent a lot of time on this site, but I don’t regret it one jot – the advice, the tips and the friends I’ve gained have been – I say it again – a lifesaver.

Unfortunately one conclusion I’ve come to from reading all the posts is that the recovery from this injury doesn’t seem to be related to age or physical fitness – so you really don’t know how it will affect you. We are all different. All you can do is to follow the doctor’s and the PT’s advice, listen to your body – it will tell you when you are overdoing things – and read and learn from the others on this site – it is marvellous.

So spend as much time as you want here “talking” to us – we will listen to you and do our best to help.

Sending you lots of healing rays to you – wherever you live!  :)

Greta
2009
1Aug:comminuted L patella#+RPT
2Aug:ORIF+cylinder cast
Sept:hinged brace
ROM poor
Oct CT scan:2 large bone fragments
2010
ROM:45
May:all metal out+MUA[110]ROM:90
Sept:ROM still 90
7Feb:MUA[130]+excision to remove fragment;no arthroscopy;all cleaned thru incision
25Feb:followup;more PT

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Re: badly smashed knee
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2010, 01:04:17 PM »
Hiya coral i take it the nhs up your way is the same as down here........diabolical! I too am writing a serious letter of complaint too, to my local hospital, id have been better off going to a vet for all it was worth, ive never been so badly treated in all my life by the nhs. yes im in birmingham, you'd think it would be better in a major city but no way is it. And to make matters worse, you saying about doing water aerobics would be ideal for me as the swimming pool is just 500 yards down the road from me, but now the council are closing it down, typical eh? Nearest one's now are 6 miles away in sutton or solihull and as my girlfriend doesnt drive and has our 7 month old daughter to look after as well as me, its just not possible at the moment.
Fortunately i aint go through the "friends dont understand" phase yet, reading on here will get me ready for it and show them this site to help them understand a bit more. I have an appointment this thursday with the os so will keep all posted on here.

ah greta, thats a invaluable bit of info about the pt not knowing what they doing when it comes to this type of injury, im going to make sure i ask that myself as i dont want any set backs. Reality is starting to kick in thanks to you, coral and this site being a wealth of information, i just have to accept its going to take a long while for me to get better.
Ive also read a lot on here that the pt is the worst part with it being so painful, that, im not looking forward to, im not a wimp, just hate being forced into pain.
So because of the wrong type of pt you was having has set you back a fair bit then? You would think the nhs would have some sort of specialist to cater for this sort of thing, although its a rare injury there must be some doctor out there thats a wizard lol.

Wishing you both all the best.

Simon

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Re: badly smashed knee
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2010, 02:03:58 PM »
Hi Simon, Thanx for your reply,on the subject of the N H S,once you start with the physio, do NOT let them discharge until you are thoroughly satisfied that you feel that they cant do any more for you.
I was a bit naive at first, and my physio worked at getting back the ROM,after just 5 appointments, i had full ROM,so he said i was fine, gave me a thereband(resistance band), and told me to continue at home with this,and showed me just one exercise,then discharged me.
Yes, i had full ROM, but my leg strength was crap,i then went on to do my own re-search,and that is when i discovered this site, i only then realised there was so much more to this injury, and far more to work on than ROM,i also read a physio report,saying that this type of injury needed at least 16 sessions, sometimes more to regain muscle strength etc.
At the next appointment with the OS,i showed him my "skinny"leg,he agreed it wasnt good, and leg strength was poor, so he re-reffered me to the physio department for further treatment,only for them to reject it.
The explanation for this was, once you have been released from physio you cannot go back under a period of 12 months for the same injury,and the PT had sent in his report and said that in his opinion i had gotten to full rom, and had sufficient leg strength, so there was nothing further that he could do,and it was now up to me to follow the home programme.
To cut a long story short,i fought tooth and nail to try to ge re-instated,in the end they agreed to see me again,not for treatment though, just an assessment,as the OS had sent another request saying i did need more work.
I agreed to this and was given the appointment,the 7th of January, i was so angry at this i told them to forget it.
So now i am coming along nicely, gaining leg strength,and finally getting somewhere,but with no thanks to the NHS.
Mostly its down to my own research for exercises, and taking all the tips and advice i have been given on this site,so please, please, make sure you dont get released too soon as i was,and ask questions, and make sure you get the answers.
All the best for your recovery,and make sure you find out more info at your appointment on thursday,do what i did, make a list of all you want to know,they are obliged to tell you.
                                                                                    coral
23/03/10 displaced patella fracture 3 pieces right leg
26/3/10 had op,2 pins & figure of 8 wiring
full cast ankle to thigh 7 weeks.
18/5/10 cast removed xray showing hairline crack
26/7/10 walking unaided,full rom
31/10/2010.6 months post-op check,bone not healed,harware cant be removed

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Re: badly smashed knee
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2010, 04:15:40 PM »
Hey there Brummie lad,
                                 How did your appointment go?,hope every-thing went well, and you asked lots of questions,let us know how it went.......
                                      coral
23/03/10 displaced patella fracture 3 pieces right leg
26/3/10 had op,2 pins & figure of 8 wiring
full cast ankle to thigh 7 weeks.
18/5/10 cast removed xray showing hairline crack
26/7/10 walking unaided,full rom
31/10/2010.6 months post-op check,bone not healed,harware cant be removed

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Re: badly smashed knee
« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2010, 10:33:19 PM »
Hiya coral......Right then, now i really am confused. Had my appointment with os today and asked him what was done to repair my knee, not the answer i was expecting. He told me i did not have the figure of 8 repair which seems to be the most common type of repair. Instead i had 3 pegs inserted into all 3 broken bits of kneecap, (1 in each broken part) and then bound together with sutchers that will NOT require another operation to remove them, they simply dissolve. Worried about this i questioned him about this method and his reply was simply "its working isn't it"? That really got on my goat and my reply was, so far its working, but what about when the sutchers dissolve and the bones haven't healed, he said thats not likely to happen............watch this space.
He then bent my knee without telling me which was a shock, though it didnt hurt, it was a very uncomfortable, he is also going to put me through intensive pt for the next four weeks and reckons i will regain FULL rom within the next 5-6 weeks, however, from what ive read on this site, im not highly convinced of his confidence on this. He asked me several times to raise my leg, which i cant and have not been able to do so since the accident, though i can raise my leg if its twisted to either side like doing ante-natal lol.
Does any of this seem familiar to you or anyone reading this, or you heard anything about this method? Cos no way do i want to go through an setbacks or more ops.

Thanks yorkie gal lol.

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« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2010, 10:51:01 PM »
Hya, well at least you made sure you got some answers,but i say again, dont be fobbed off as i was,it sounds like physio is going to go the same way as mine `5 appointments only,yes, i did get full rom,so it is possible to achieve this in this time,my PT worked on ROM, and only ROM,dismissed me with leg strength crap,so make sure you get ROM, plus leg strength,lots of people are struggling with ROM,way longer than i was, but their PTs are working on all aspects of getting the leg back to normal activities,and its not all down to ROM,that is not the be all and end all.
I read on one of the physio sites, that a patella fracture requires 15 to 26 sessions of physio, for full re-hab,so keep that in mind.
One good thing, you dont have to worry about is hardware removal,do your exercises, but dont overdo it, listen to your body,and i am sure that you will be fine,keep us posted,and good luck with your recovery.
All the best
                  coral.
http://www.physioadvisor.com.au/8290850/quadriceps-strengthening-exercises-vmo-strengthe.htm(try these)                     

     
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« Last Edit: November 18, 2010, 11:37:51 PM by coral 251 »
23/03/10 displaced patella fracture 3 pieces right leg
26/3/10 had op,2 pins & figure of 8 wiring
full cast ankle to thigh 7 weeks.
18/5/10 cast removed xray showing hairline crack
26/7/10 walking unaided,full rom
31/10/2010.6 months post-op check,bone not healed,harware cant be removed

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Re: badly smashed knee
« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2010, 11:11:56 PM »
Hi Brummie,

What a nasty accident you were involved in. I hope the good ole NHS starts bringing you some relief and decent physio. I am just wondering if, given the circumstances of what you describe happening, you have looked into any form of personal injury action for your injuries (no I am not a lawyer!!). You need the BEST care and physio you can get now, and provision for your family if you can't work for several months. If you were hit by a driver on the wrong side of the road then you should not be penalised for this (despite the driver dying - doesn't affect the process if you were involved in something that wasn't your fault). Hope you don't mind me chipping in - I have first hand experience of road injuries and the NHS failing to provide all it should do at times. Get the best you can - your knee deserves it.

Hope things go well for you,

Lottie (not far from Solihull!)  :D
Bilateral patella OA since 2009, no surgeries.
Euflexxa working well x3 to current
Right forefoot CRPS post fusion surgery 2011
Refusing to let the ailing parts stop me....

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Re: badly smashed knee
« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2010, 03:20:14 PM »
Hiya coral,

thanks for the link for the exercises, i will try these when i 1st attend my pt session sometime this week and will let you know the outcome.

Hiya lottie,

chip anytime the more the merrier, dont talk to me about the nhs lol, ive never been treated so badly in all my life. i wont mention the hospital (no hope!!!!), you should now know lol. I wont know about the pt as yet, should be starting it this week sometime.
My company is sorting out my injury claim for me and its all in hand and being processed, so thanks anyway. Although the trouble is, it happened in france and the rules are different there to here according to my solicitor, so it could drag on abit longer than normal.
I know what your saying though about the best care from what ive been reading on this site, such a long recovery process, but it cant be helped. If i had my way i would go private but thats never gonna happen, i just hope it gets better rather sharpish to be honest, im sooooooo bored at home doing nowt when i could be out terrorising other motorists abroad lol.

Wish you the best in your recovery too.

Simon (near sutton)  ;)

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Re: badly smashed knee
« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2010, 05:48:45 PM »
Hi Simon,

Sorry to read up about your accident and have come to the right place for support. Your users name caught my eye barmybrummie and also live in Birmingham for 32 years next week and lived in the same region of Birmingham all my life.

Lottie lives close to Solihull while I live the opposite direction close to Edgbaston in the south west part of Brum. Good that your company is sorting out your injury claim and hope it does not take too long to go through the whole process. Sorry you are not happy with way the hospital treated your injury but it is the NHS we talking about, and have to say they improved over the last couple of years. (better then they use to be)

Nick :) {2010} :)
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