Thanks for the upgraded knee

Just two months ago, on 30th October 2019, Val Hayes went into hospital for a knee operation. It has made an enormous improvement. Before that she was finding it difficult to walk from one end of the shopping mall to the other without great discomfort. Now it is virtually painless. But this would not have been possible without a great deal of help from our friends, to whom we give thanks.

Val after haircut

Val Hayes, November 2019

Val asked her doctor about the problem, and she was referred to an orthopaedic specialist, who looked at the X-rays and said that surgery was necessary to repair the knee joint. We asked whether the Medical Aid would cover such surgery because, as pensioners, we simply couldn’t afford it if they wouldn’t. so we tried to find out what extra money would be needed, and thought of appealing for it on the Go-Get-Funding web site. It was amazing how friends and acquaintances (some of whom we only knew through contact on the Internet) were willing to help and within a few days people had pledged to donate the full amount.

So Val went into hospital on 30th October, and had the operation, but only afterwards did we discover that this would cost extra and that would cost extra, and eventually the extras we discovered after the fact would cost twice as much as the original amount. So we reopened the appeal, and more people donated, some through Go-Get-Funding, and others directly,. Today we were told that the money from Go-Get-Funding was being paid into Val’s bank account, and it looks as though it will be enough to pay any extra costs. So thanks once again to all our family, friends, fellow church members and acquaintances far and near who contributed. Your kindness and generosity has been amazing.

Hospital

I took Val back to Sunninghill Hospital yesterday, and they checked her arm, said it was healing, but she now needs to visit a physiotherapist, and must be weaned from the sling gradually.

Accident

Val went to a course for work in Johannesburg on Monday and Tuesday, and fell down the stairs at the Balalaika Hotel in Sandton on the way down to the parking garage. When she got to the car she found her arm wasn’t working, so she phoned me and Jethro to come and fetch her, as she couldn’t drive.

I took her to Sunninghill Hospital on the way home, and they put her arm in a sling and did all sorts of X-rays, and asked her to come back and see an orthopaedic specialist the next day. So yestyerday I took her back to the hospital for that, and she got an even more fancy cling, and they said a bone in her shoulder is cracked, so she will be sort of incapacitated for the next six weeks or so.