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Re: UNICORN - Dr. Guichet Internal Femurs 8cm - Summer 2016
« Reply #62 on: July 22, 2016, 07:50:05 AM »


How's your rate of fusion?  Because I heard that the faster it fuses, the less clicks, the more painful, right?

Shouldn't we click more if the bone is healing faster? I mean, otherwise it would fuse before you reach your desired height. Right?
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« Reply #63 on: July 22, 2016, 12:52:04 PM »

Shouldn't we click more if the bone is healing faster? I mean, otherwise it would fuse before you reach your desired height. Right?

Hi NoRegrets,

I haven't started but I understand that lots of clicking in the beginning, and as one passes 4cm-6cm, clicking slows down and bone is fusing, apparently tighter to click then and can get painful.

I'll definitely share what I do.  Did my last workout today.  Was coached on using Riser Walking Frames, all Doc G's required exercises and stretches to do at home.

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« Reply #64 on: July 22, 2016, 03:13:02 PM »

Hi NoRegrets,

I haven't started but I understand that lots of clicking in the beginning, and as one passes 4cm-6cm, clicking slows down and bone is fusing, apparently tighter to click then and can get painful.

I'll definitely share what I do.  Did my last workout today.  Was coached on using Riser Walking Frames, all Doc G's required exercises and stretches to do at home.
Hi you,

Makes sense!

25th july will be a great day for you ;)
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« Reply #65 on: July 29, 2016, 01:46:46 PM »

At 9am the morning of July 25th, I got a call from Guichet saying that he didn't have my HIV/serology test results (!!!).  I had sent him everything by email, handed him test results when I saw him in person and emailed the entire set of results to his physio, Filippo, as well.  I said I had done all his tests and I'll reprint hard copies of everything before surgery and hand it to him AGAIN!

I didn't even know which hospital to go to, Filippo (physio) told me Nottingham Place, so I went at 10am to check in.  My name was not on file, they had me wait for an hour while they scrambled around to get me registered.  I think paperwork is not Guichet's strong suite. (Princess Grace Hospital has 2 buildings - Nottingham Plc main hospital and 30 Devonshire St which is Guichet's office).

Then, I received another call from Guichet saying that he didn't have my complete payment.  I said it was wired last week and he said he didn't see it and that he had to cancel my surgery.  I was starting to stress out and called my bank.  They couldn't retrieve nor issue a wire transfer receipt/confirmation since I did it online (how stupid is that? who knew?) but wrote me 2 emails confirming that my money has been transferred.  Guichet said 2 patients had not paid, so he wasn't taking any chances.

He told me to bring him the balance of £40k in cash to 30 Devonshire St just to hold as deposit, and he will refund me my cash when my wire goes through (he said he cannot accept large sums of cash).  But I had already checked into the hospital and had my butt peeking out of my gown by then.  Guichet said he had other patients he was seeing before my surgery, and will walk over to confirm my test results and last minute paperwork (really last minute!). 

It was already noon, and my surgery was due to start at 2pm.  He came and gave me more paperwork to sign and complained that my dental exam was not comprehensive enough etc etc etc.  Then he asked me for the cash, and I said I already wired him, I wasn't going to do it twice.  He said we had a deal, that I had to bring cash otherwise, he can't trust my word about the wire transfer.  I tried showing him my online banking account and the emails HSBC sent me.  He went livid and stormed out of the room.  He said I should be penalized £10k more for late payments of less than 30 days before surgery. 

A few minutes later, Guichet called me from downstairs saying that if I agreed to pay £24k directly to Princess Grace Hospital to cover my hospital stay/surgery/contingency by credit card (which he would normally include in his overall package), he'll take the risk and surgery could proceed (we were missing some £25k).  Thank goodness, I was able to charge that amount to my amex without any fuss. It took all of 5 seconds to complete via phone, and imagine how many BA Avios points I'd be collecting with my long legs ;)

He came back again at 2pm saying that he's just finished his consultations and prepping the other 2 candidates for Tue and Wed's surgeries.  I'm sure he was missing paperwork for them too.  He told me the operating theatre had just been liberated and that they're cleaning now, wished me good luck and that he had my guichet nail in his backpack.  I asked him if he had dropped it on the street and any 3 second rule cannot apply!!!  He was in a good mood by then.  I asked him if he had anything to eat since he was running around like a mad hatter.  I was starting to get worried.  He said he had a snack!

I took one more betadine scrub shower before walking down to the operating theatre.  There I met his anesthetist who told me that Guichet is hyper and thrives on adrenalin.  He functions best this way, he said.  "The doc is a genius, just wait and see".  But I was really stressed out by then, I was just growing numb from the sheer shock of it all (learning how to take long yogic deep breadths would help RIGHT NOW).  I asked if the spinal morphine injection was going to hurt and he said he'll give me an IV diazepam to relax me before that happened.  All went well, IV went in, diazepam really chilled me out (I felt like I was in Fiji under a coconut tree) and the spinal injection was a mere sting.  I also didn't want a catheter and he said they didn't do it unless patients can't pee later.

Wooosh I woke up and it was laaaaate!  Around 9pm and everyone's gone or I'm dead...
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« Reply #66 on: July 29, 2016, 01:53:48 PM »

At 9am the morning of July 25th, I get a call from Guichet saying that he didn't have my dental exam.  I had sent him everything by email, handed him test results when I saw him in person and emailed the entire set of results to his physio, Filippo, as well.  I said I've done all his tests and I'll reprint hard copies of everything before surgery and hand it to him AGAIN!

I didn't even know which hospital to go to, Filippo (physio) told me Nottingham Place, so I went at 10am to check in.  My name was not on file, they had me wait for an hour while they scrambled around to get me registered.  I think paperwork is not Guichet's strong suite.

Then, I get another call from Guichet saying that he didn't have my complete payment.  I said it was wired last week and he said he didn't see it and that he had to cancel my surgery.  I was starting to stress out and called my bank.  They couldn't retrieve nor issue a wire transfer receipt/confirmation since I did it online (how stupid is that? who knew?) but wrote me 2 emails confirming that my money has been transferred.  Guichet said 2 patients had not paid, so he wasn't taking any chances.

He told me to bring him the balance of £40k in cash to 30 Devonshire St, and he will refund me my wire when it gets through. But I had already checked into the hospital and had my butt peeking out of my gown by then.  By this time, I was starting to panic.  He said he had other patients he was seeing before my surgery, and will walk over to confirm my test results and last minute paperwork (really last minute!). 

It was already noon, and my surgery was due to start at 2pm.  He came and gave me more paperwork to sign and complained that that my dental results were not complete etc etc etc.  Then he asked me for the cash, and I said I already wired him.  He said we had a deal, that I had to bring cash otherwise, he can't trust my word about the wire transfer.  I tried showing him my online banking and the emails HSBC sent me.  He went livid and stormed out of the room.  Guichet called me from downstairs saying that if I agreed to pay £24k to cover my hospital stay/surgery/contingency by credit card, he'll take the risk and surgery could proceed (we were missing some £30k).  Thank goodness, I was able to charge that amount to my amex without any fuss.

He came back again at 2pm saying that he's just finished his consultations and prepping the other 2 candidates for Tue and Wed's surgeries.  I'm sure he was missing paperwork for them too.  He told me the operating theatre has just been freed and that they're cleaning now, wished me good luck and that he had my guichet nail in his backpack.  He was in a good mood by then.  I asked him if he had anything to eat since he was running around like the mad hatter.  I was starting to get worried.  He said he had a snack!

I took one more betadine scrub shower before walking down to the operating theatre.  There I met his anesthetist who told me that Guichet is hyper and thrives on adrenalin.  He functions best this way, he said.  The doc is a genius, just wait and see.  But I was really stressed out by then, I was just growing numb from the sheer shock of it all.  I asked if the spinal morphine injection was going to hurt and he said he'll give me an IV diazepam to relax me before that happened.  All went well, IV went in, diazepam really chilled me out (I felt like I was in Fiji under a coconut tree) and the spinal injection was a mere sting.

Wooosh I woke up and it was laaaaate!  Around 9pm and everyone's gone or I'm dead...
You'll be alright  :)
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Re: UNICORN - Dr. Guichet Internal Femurs 8cm - Summer 2016
« Reply #67 on: July 29, 2016, 02:08:46 PM »

You'll be allright unicorn. He's a good doctor and the best in Europe.
All those paperwork issues are worse in other places I know...
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« Reply #68 on: July 29, 2016, 02:20:34 PM »

J

When I first returned to my room, I was in great form.  The anesthesia made me itchy (or maybe because my skin is sensitive to hard detergent) but I had NO PAIN.  I was able to pull both knees to my chest and monkey around.  I was ecstatic!  It ain't so bad after all, you pussies!

Then as 10pm crept up and the anesthesia wore off, I started feeling heaviness in my leg like you've hiked 12 hrs and tried to lie down, when elephants came and had a grand picnic sitting on your legs, then gradually climaxing to LEGS ON FIRE!  I felt every millimetre of nail cast inside my bones, I was crucified!  It hurt and I could not hold it in, I started moaning aloud waaay into the night (bad porn style) and nurses gave me rounds after rounds (of 4 hours) of Tramadol 100mg and Codeine drips.  I didn't sleep a wink as I couldn't move my body without my femurs erupting and spitting molten lava.  Finally, around 6am, I dozed off in exhaustion, only to wake up 60 minutes later.

J+1

I had zero appetite, the painkillers didn't make me nauseous, which is good.  3 bites of breakfast, 5 bites of lunch etc.  I was just looking forward to more painkillers and counting down to the end of each 4 hour segment.

Filippo came to visit and tried to get me to do a leg lift on my own, I was howling when he made me move an inch.  He said I had to hop on that bike soon or else I'll be in more pain later.  I tried, but I couldn't do anything.  I was petrified!

Here I am, lying helplessly with 2 broken legs, nails all over my bones, screaming in pain, and I had asked for it.  I had no right to complain or even whimper.  I spent the day just trying to survive, blankets tugged up to my chin, relishing my pain.  I couldn't listen to music nor watch tv.  Everything was blurred, by PAIN.  I have to say, it is a cathartic feeling in some ways, because a lot of the pain we harbour inside us are not manifested.  Hence, opening hell's gate to the haunted basement of my soul is like getting fairy godmother to do some spring cleaning in the deepest darkest me.  And soon enough, hopefully, this superficial bone pain will morph into my real ugly pain, and get exorcised!  Then I get a reassuring shoulder tap, "miss, you need to pee"

It took me 15 minutes to raise my ass high enough to slip the bedpan under me and about 40 minutes to feel the rush of relief! (it was an Olympian feat and I scored ugh 3.8 for missing half my bedpan).  I'm a chick with no male paraphernalia, voila!  I've said it.  I even used the back of a pen to tickle me privates to see if it would encourage a leak.  Beware to all those who unsuspectingly chew on pens!  Every tiny movement hurt.  I couldn't touch an eyelash without feeling pain shooting down my hips.  So I thought, staying ABSOLUTELY still was best.  No movement, no pain.  It worked and I lolled off gently into the setting sun.

I was suddenly jolted awake by a pair of hands violating my legs.  Guichet sidled up from nowhere and yanked my legs HIGH and tugged them against my chest (he reminded me of Dracula).  I screamed like I've never screamed before.  He then twisted them left and right to click 3 sets for me (within 10 seconds for all 3!!!).  Went over to the other side and did the same.  Then he said, let me watch you!  Arrrrrrrggggggghhhhhhhhhhh!  I wished I had tears to cry but I was dehydrated from all that porn.  I pleaded for my life, "please mister"...  and he started screaming, "...You said you were strong willed and determined, and now you're capitulating at the first hurdle!!!".  He made me do scissors leg lifts and knee tugs high high in the sky.  I hadn't had time to form a tear when he vanished into the hallway, just as he had appeared.  No VISITORS AFTER 10PM Mister!
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« Reply #69 on: July 29, 2016, 02:55:12 PM »

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When I first returned to my room, I was in great form.  The anesthesia made me itchy (or maybe because my skin is sensitive to hard detergent) but I had NO PAIN.  I was able to pull both knees to my chest and monkey around.  I was ecstatic!  It ain't so bad after all, you pussies!

Then as 10pm crept up and the anesthesia wore off, I started feeling heaviness in my leg like you've hiked 12 hrs and tried to lie down, when elephants came and had a grand picnic sitting on your legs, then gradually climaxing to LEGS ON FIRE!  I felt every millimetre of nail cast inside my bones, I was crucified!  It hurt and I could not hold it in, I started moaning aloud waaay into the night (bad porn style) and nurses gave me rounds after rounds (of 4 hours) of Tramadol 100mg and Codeine drips.  I didn't sleep a wink as I couldn't move my body without my femurs erupting and spitting molten lava.  Finally, around 6am, I dozed off in exhaustion and woke up 60 minutes later.

J+1

I had zero appetite, the painkillers didn't make me nauseous, which is good.  3 bites of breakfast, 5 bites of lunch etc.  I was just looking forward to more painkillers and counting down to the end of each 4 hour segment.

Filippo came to visit and tried to get me to do a leg lift on my own, I was howling when he made me move an inch.  He said I had to hop on that bike soon or else I'll be in more pain later.  I tried, but I couldn't do anything.  I was petrified!

Here I am, lying helplessly with 2 broken legs, nails all over my bones, screaming in pain, and I had asked for it.  I had no right to complain or let loose a whimper.  I spent the day just trying to survive, blankets tugged up to my chest, embracing my pain.  I couldn't listen to music nor watch tv.  Everything was blurred by pain.

Then, the nurse asked me to pee.  Another mountainous challenge, took me 15 minutes to raise my ass high enough to slip the bedpan under me and about 40 minutes to feel the rush of relief! (it was an Olympian feat)  Every tiny movement hurt.  I couldn't touch an eyelash without feeling pain shooting down my hips.  So I thought, staying ABSOLULTELY still was best.  No movement, no pain.  I lolled off gently.

I was suddenly jolted awake by a pair of hands violating my legs.  Guichet sidled up from no where and yanked my legs HIGH and tugged them against my chest (he reminded me of Freddie Kruger).  I screamed like I've never screamed before.  He then twisted them left and right to click them 3 sets for me.  Went over to the other side and did the same.  Then he said, let me watch you!  Arrrrrrrggggggghhhhhhhhhhh!  I wished I had tears to cry but I was dehydrated from porn acting.  I pleaded for my life, "please mister"...  and he started screaming, "you said you were strong and capable, and now you're surrendering at the first sign of trouble".  He made me do scissors leg lifts and knee tugs high high in the sky.  I hadn't had time to form a tear when he disappeared into the hallway.
Well, you forgot to say " Please, be gentle ".

(Just how many times have you edited your post? lol)

Be strong  ;)
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« Reply #70 on: July 29, 2016, 03:14:55 PM »

J+2

I thought I was checking out today.  I had slept super well last night, a good 8 hours thanks to the sleeping pill they gave me.  I woke up to legs of concrete.  But I was expecting it.  Inspired by Guichet's visit yesterday, I tried doing my leg lifts and knee bends and whoa, I could do it without breaking anything else.  I really felt a surge of confidence, perhaps there is light at the end of this bleak LL tunnel.

When Filippo came, I showed off my leg raises and knee bends and he was surprised (at least his acting was convincing).  He said we had to learn how to walk and got me to lock in my knee, stand and used the frames to the toilet seat and back.  Potty training, yay!

Had another 2 bites for lunch, kept check on my painkillers, pain still existed but I was doing his 200 reps of exercises and stretches and 2 hours of cycling.  An active leg is a painless leg :)  That's my motto from now on.

My pain army has evolved, they got married, multiplied and got smarter!  It was all bone pain before, now it's moving to pulsating nerve pain, throbbing joint pain and even stabbing wound pain.  I just had to hunker down and bear it all.  Kept vigilant of icing my femurs and keeping them drained at a 50 degree incline (leaving me with 2 purple ass cheeks - eat that Kim!). 

I was then scheduled to do a full body xray and an ultrasound on my bones.  It was soooo painful being rolled from one bed to another.  I wanted my pee stained mattress back.  I was getting attached to the familiar BO!  It cradled me while I was broken.

Once I got back, I quickly finished up my exercise homework before Guichet had another chance to drop in.  I propped a chair against the door handle for good measure.  At 7pm, he came by looking all innocent and presented me with a box of Laduree maccarons!  WTF!

I was ready to pounce on him and gorge out his eyeballs with my melon scoop had he tried to playdoh me again.  He hung out for 30 minutes talking about psychological profiles of his patients and how this was a very important aspect as the road to recovery is a mental one and he cannot afford to make a mistake. 

He made a fresh point, that a good candidate simply wanted a few cm taller, while a troubled candidate thought height would solve their love, career, image issues or make those dreams come true.  I'm so glad my psychological report stated that I wanted to be taller because I felt cheated that I never got peanut root soup at puberty, unlike my brother, who grew up to be tall, handsome, smart and rich!
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« Reply #71 on: July 29, 2016, 09:04:57 PM »

Unicorn, first, I am so very sorry that you are going through this amount of pain. Your diary is incredibly inspiring, and quite frankly eye opening. Many of us, perhaps me included, think about this procedure at a surface level and may not be prepared for the reality of what such an invasive surgery will mean for us.

I am visiting Dr. Guichet in London shortly. I would love to meet you in person, assuming you are amenable, to get a first-hand account of your experience. Hopefully by then, you will be taller, pain-free and on your way to recovery. Please feel free to PM me and let me know if there is anything you need while I'm in London. I'm staying for approximately 10 days.

My regards,

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« Reply #72 on: July 30, 2016, 12:55:20 AM »

Had another 2 bites for lunch, kept check on my painkillers, pain still existed but I was doing his 200 reps of exercises and stretches and 2 hours of cycling.  An active leg is a painless leg :)  That's my motto from now on.


great motto dr. G would approve! It will only get better from here on out! 

also, eat as much as you can once your appetite comes back. if eating doesn't make you throw up, then forcing yourself to eat now is even better. you're doing the exercises which is great but your body also really needs those calories now. hang in there!
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« Reply #73 on: July 30, 2016, 01:24:13 AM »

Agreed with eating especially protein for soft tissue regenaration.

Keep tight and remember that worst pain is probably behind you.
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« Reply #74 on: July 30, 2016, 02:11:22 AM »

Unicorn, first, I am so very sorry that you are going through this amount of pain. Your diary is incredibly inspiring, and quite frankly eye opening. Many of us, perhaps me included, think about this procedure at a surface level and may not be prepared for the reality of what such an invasive surgery will mean for us.

I am visiting Dr. Guichet in London shortly. I would love to meet you in person, assuming you are amenable, to get a first-hand account of your experience. Hopefully by then, you will be taller, pain-free and on your way to recovery. Please feel free to PM me and let me know if there is anything you need while I'm in London. I'm staying for approximately 10 days.

My regards,

--jbc

Hi JBC,

Would be great to meet you.  Let Filippo know and I'm sure Doc will introduce us at Isokinetic or at the gym :)
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« Reply #75 on: July 30, 2016, 02:20:06 AM »

Agreed with eating especially protein for soft tissue regenaration.

Keep tight and remember that worst pain is probably behind you.

Thanks for the encouragement GoldenEgg and YourSpaceBoyfriend :)

Have been lucky with no nausea, and am sometimes ravenous too.  Subscribed to this overly healthy meal plan with menus that read like sesame detox chicken and fennel salad, harissa waffles and chorizo omelette, nked chocolate pot (it was mashed cadbury stripped of aluminium foil :-\)  Fed up fancy pants!

Finally, got my helper to make me scrambled eggs with lots of grilled asparagus, drenched with Nando's hot sauce... hmmmm.... I wolfed down the entire plate whole :P

Will keep brainstorming what else makes me wanna chow.  These days Deliveroo makes everything accessible ;D and I'm one grateful shortie!
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« Reply #76 on: July 30, 2016, 07:47:15 PM »

Brainstorm 1 - Buy favourite foods, will whet appetite...

Went on Ocado.com and got a bunch of groceries, including my all time favourite, Movenpick Espresso Croquant.  Had 1 scoop and was hit by lactose intolerance.  That's not happened a lot but the drugs must have exacerbated my condition.  Diarrhea and immobility don't mix well together.  I'd not pooped yet since last Sunday, so I can feel the undercurrents of a tsunami coming.

Panicked, I hopped on my frame and fled towards my toilet 10 metres away.  I was in serious pain, legs on fire, tummy on fire, butt on fire.  It must have been the slowest toilet dash in the history of mankind.  It took a good 10 minutes before I reached my raised toilet seat and another 2 minutes' struggle to get on it.  I know I didn't believe it when I read it in old forums, but you almost faint from your first poop.  I was completely drained afterwards.

Another 12 minute limp back to my bed, bare assed, I couldn't be bothered anymore in this hot weather.  Ran into my helper, my doorman, the postman, the word is out, I got a hip replacement.

The strange thing is, the moment I landed back in bed, my temperature plummeted and I completely blacked out.  Fainted from all this exertion and adrenaline.  10 million years ago, I'd probably have to be chased by a dinosaur to feel this way.  Go Guichet!
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« Reply #77 on: July 30, 2016, 08:13:38 PM »

I actually imagined the whole thing... dafuk is wrong with me.
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« Reply #78 on: July 30, 2016, 08:16:53 PM »

I actually imagined the whole thing... dafuk is wrong with me.

Lol, so did I!

She's a good writer, it's easy to do that I guess. I even imagined her getting chased by a dinosaur. (T-rex, for the record)

Anyway, good updates Unicorn! Hope you're feeling better now.
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« Reply #79 on: July 31, 2016, 03:04:16 PM »

Hi Unicorn,

3 weeks ago i was exactly in the same situation. The Hospital is a moment you can't never forget, it is nightmare. Dr G came to visit me and also clicked my legs 3 times in 10 sec but no maccaron for me...

Be prepared to be on different pain for all the month, people said that usually the 2 first weeks are the hardest but in fact all the month is very painfull and the lack of sleep is mainly the biggest trouble of the process.

Hope that you will be fine with your clicks cause it's a problem for many patients, some of them can't do it alone and must have someone to hold the leg high to do it.

Keep strong, YES WE CAN

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« Reply #80 on: July 31, 2016, 03:20:58 PM »

Hi Unicorn,

3 weeks ago i was exactly in the same situation. The Hospital is a moment you can't never forget, it is nightmare. Dr G came to visit me and also clicked my legs 3 times in 10 sec but no maccaron for me...

Be prepared to be on different pain for all the month, people said that usually the 2 first weeks are the hardest but in fact all the month is very painfull and the lack of sleep is mainly the biggest trouble of the process.

Hope that you will be fine with your clicks cause it's a problem for many patients, some of them can't do it alone and must have someone to hold the leg high to do it.

Keep strong, YES WE CAN

Taka

Thanks for the heads up Taka!  I'm starting to discover this entire continent called PAIN.  I thought it was just 1 dimension, break legs, legs hurt.  But NO... neck hurts, spine hurts, tummy hurts, heart hurts, ass hurts, toes hurt, head hurts, shoulders hurt, mouth hurts, eye hurts, throat hurts, there's no end to where my leg's got influence.  And it's pissed off at me alright! :(

Guichet, what can we say.  The last night at the hospital, I was sooo ready for him.  The moment I saw the door handle turn like in one of those horror movies, I threw garlic at him and made a cross sign with my fingers.  When that didn't help, I doused him with holy water.  He didn't flinch.  I finally surrendered, "go ahead, rape me, just don't click me".

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« Reply #81 on: July 31, 2016, 05:06:35 PM »


Hope that you will be fine with your clicks cause it's a problem for many patients, some of them can't do it alone and must have someone to hold the leg high to do it.


On clicking, I have an entire sacred 'Clicking Buddha' ritual.  And it takes less than a minute per set of clicks.

I start by taking painkillers 1hr before clicking time and hop on the bike for a good 30 minutes, 100 reps of extensions, flexions, leg raises.  Once I'm fully warmed up, I put on my favourite zen music and go into clicking trance :)

RIGHT LEG
I make 2pm with my legs.  The left leg is laid straight out as the long hand of a watch pointing at 12.  The right leg is laid out like the short hand of a watch pointing at 2 (knees bent).  Your back is almost 90 degrees, but please slouch.

Point your right toes towards 3pm, as in slightly outwards than are natural (I know! But it works!)

Then slowly use both hands and bring your knees inwards until there's a click.  If there isn't, just move your right foot along that 2pm line.  The click is somewhere on that 2pm line, either closest to your ass or farthest from your ass.  But damn it, it's there!  You just need to patiently probe the line with your foot inch by inch until you get the click.  And various points of the 2pm line will give you different degrees of 'clicking violence'.

LEFT LEG
Same same, but make 10pm instead.

Closing the clicks, I'm sure everyone can do it.  If too scared, my gentle way is to coax the clicked leg back to 12pm and slowly place the heel on top of the other leg's knee bone.

I might be hypermobile and only this method applies to me, I don't know.  But 2pm and 10pm are my saviours right now :)

Each leg that finishes gets an ice lolly (ice pack) right away!!!  Hopefully, this gets my legs to cooperate for weeks to come...
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« Reply #82 on: July 31, 2016, 07:20:24 PM »

I actually imagined the whole thing... dafuk is wrong with me.

You're funny NoRegrets!  See how men and women are different?  You guys go all gaga over T-rexes while I was simply trying to avoid a 'Bridesmaids' movie moment in the middle of the street.  S'il vous plait.

I just saw this 'INSANITY' exercise ad, and they're just a bunch of pussies.  I think people who break their legs willingly (who are not the mafia, screwing the mafia or pretending to be mafia) deserve these free INSANITY t-shirts more than a bunch of middle aged losers sweating it out in their basements.  Really! 

Shaun-T, trying "jacking it out a little faster" after Guichet has had his way with you...!
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« Reply #83 on: July 31, 2016, 07:47:27 PM »

Lol, so did I!

She's a good writer, it's easy to do that I guess. I even imagined her getting chased by a dinosaur. (T-rex, for the record)

Anyway, good updates Unicorn! Hope you're feeling better now.

Dear CCMidwest,

Thanks for asking but things didn't get better after the hospital.  I wonder if it's morphine addiction that I'm suffering now.  I'm counting down to the end of 4 hours like a desperate drug addict (lurking behind dark alley hissing at strangers if they've anything to score...).  The first 30 mins, I'll be feverish, sweating profusely, inconsolable.  1hr into the meds kicking in, I'm the Pink Panther.  Want to see me tap dance on broken legs?  It can be arranged.  Just roll in the baby grand, baby!

Also, my cat has started to ask my helper why it is I spend all day moving pillows around the bed, like a beaver making a dam.  It's not like moving pillows is more fun than clicking, it's just that when you're completely immobile, you can't accommodate your body's ever changing needs.  It's ironic that my broken legs are restless.  But they really are.  No sooner do I lie flat when I feel achy bones, so I move a pillow to prop them on it.  Then my back hurts, so I move another pillow to prop under my head.  Then my restless legs get pins and needles, so I get up and hang my legs off the bed to cycle, and pillows are moved AGAIN to give me leverage.  So, from a cat's perspective, it's true, I do nothing but move pillows around and around my bed all day long. 
(I hope Guichet doesn't read this as we're supposed to be active and shopping on Oxford Street on 2 broken legs - not pretend to be beavers).

Then, there're all these things one take for granted because it's part of our reflexes like grabbing your iPhone (you're guilty), and other inconsequential stuff like spontaneously scratching yourself, reaching over to stretch, turning on/off the fan, putting/removing a clothing, opening/closing a window, reaching for food/water, draping a blanket, grabbing a remote, stuff that your body automatically does without consulting your brains.  Now, everything is a military strategem.  I had to tie 2 ends of a chopstick together with one hair ribbon, tuck and roll, and pivot high enough to shut off my water fountain.  Such is the state of my life right now.

So, back to that drug addiction, is morphine consuming us?  Dare I stop?  I embrace every last bit of the feverish nauseous empty foggy depressive side effects, if it means no legs on fire.
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Re: UNICORN - Dr. Guichet Internal Femurs 8cm - Summer 2016
« Reply #84 on: July 31, 2016, 08:12:55 PM »

Dear Guichet's spank slave,

What is your ideal height for a woman? I mean, what height would you like to be if you could simply wish for it?
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« Reply #85 on: August 01, 2016, 09:10:41 AM »

Dear Guichet's spank slave,

What is your ideal height for a woman? I mean, what height would you like to be if you could simply wish for it?

Easy, 5'6"
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« Reply #86 on: August 01, 2016, 12:59:45 PM »

Easy, 5'6"
Awesome, you'll be only 1 inch away from it and thats barely noticeable!  ;)
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« Reply #87 on: August 02, 2016, 04:35:13 PM »

J+8

Doc G increased my clicking rate to 7x3 today.  I checked with my 2 other compadres and they didn't get the memo yet.  I wonder if Doc G had studied my latest xrays, ultrasound and dexa and noticed that I consolidate too quickly... or did his thumb slip?

In any case, I'm going to learn how to breathe properly during this entire journey and 'master' the fear and stress of clicking.

For breathing slowly, 3 inhale, 3 hold, 3 exhale etc., it works best for me with a blanket over my head.  It worked this morning when my heart palpitated too fast from the stress of various pains showing up unannounced (all the way from my hips to knees, to calves and ankles).  And yet, with slow breathing, I was able to drift off to sleep in the middle of the pain crisis.  Or maybe I just got asphyxiated?

For clicking, I found 2 new techniques that help me :)  I tape my entire bed with duct tape, ie. left ass cheek here, right ass cheek there, left knee here, right knee there, left toes here, right toes there, so that when I need to click, I just place myself within these parameters and I find the clicks like clockwork.  I hope they don't change my sheets for the next 8 weeks.

Also, I realise that when it gets hard to click (your knee has already descended to that weird unnatural angle and pressure is mounting fast), a click could come if you lift your ass a little.  It's almost like your ass is meeting your click halfway.  I noticed, with the lifting ass technique, I can control how gentle or violent my click becomes.  Same thing with the flick of my ankles.  A subtle flick will soften the click.

Am I high again? 8)
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« Reply #88 on: August 02, 2016, 05:14:01 PM »

J+8 (continued)

Being chatty today, I just wanted to say that I didn't get the exercise bike that Doc G recommended.  I bought a peddler instead, that I placed next to my bed.  Whenever, my legs feel stiff or heavy, I'd swing my legs off the bed and onto the bike for a good 10-15 minutes until I'm relaxed.  I noticed that higher resistance and slower peddling alleviates heaviness/stiffness best.

Also, I ice my femurs nonstop all day long.  I bought 4 ice packs and my helper changes them dutifully every hour on the hour.  When I get too sore in an area, I'll use the ice pack and massage it over and over again until it's frostbitten.

Since I have not had any appetite for food, and nausea started last night, I've been running on empty and feel very weak.  I had to run to the bathroom 6 times today (more lactose intolerance) and that just killed me.  So, I've started on a liquid diet :).  Banana protein shake, berry protein shake, thick meat soups and I can feel my tummy smile.   I made the mistake of eating raw veges/fruits and didn't realize how much it irritated my digestive system.  From tomorrow on, baby food.  Chicken thigh double boiled in soup with carrots, celery, onions, barley and potatoes.

I'm still too lazy to go to the bathroom to pee, so I use a pipette and a ziplock bag.  Most effective, minimal effort, no mess and no more fear of drinking.  I do about 2 litres of water per day to keep everything hydrated and well lubricated.

I use a hot water bottle on my spine/back as it's starting to ache.  I think my spine's just sick and tired of being ignored while my undivided attention goes to keeping my legs happy.

Lastly, I've been programming my click time so that it doesn't happen in the middle of the night.  The original Doc G schedule has clicking at 4am!!!  I'm now clicking at 8-10am, 4-6pm and 10-12am.  Once I'm done, I pop a sleep aid, a painkiller and sleep a good 8 hours.  I've had to wake up a couple of times thanks to screaming legs, but 10 mins on the peddler usually calms it down enough for me to go back to bed.

I'm just trying to survive and every moment of everyday presents a new challenge.  I haven't shed a tear yet but at times, I really feel near the edge where I'd give anything to finish this process.  I have a good 60 days to go and I'm only at Day 8.  No wonder my blogs are still bushy tailed and chirpy.
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« Reply #89 on: August 05, 2016, 03:32:14 PM »

J+9

I finally broke today.

I had tried to get to my physio appointment at 10am at Tottenham Court Road a good 25-30mins cab right in Oxford St traffic (I skipped the first 3 due to all sorts weak excuses I gave myself).  I called Hailo (need black cab since they have swivel chair that allows one to hop onto from a walking frame/crutch easily).  It took 20 minutes for me to walk from my bed to the lobby of my apartment (about 20 metres).  The cab was waiting patiently outside when my right leg buckled.  I felt cold nail against skin (all in my head, I was told it's not possible), it was excruciating.  I was blinded with pain.  I groped for the first thing around, which is the lobby sofa and collapsed.  I was defeated, half panicked that I had broken something and half in shame of my pathetic willpower.

I texted Filippo frantically hoping he would give me some kind words of comfort and validate yet another excuse not to show up at physio.  He replied that he didn't know what to say and that Doc G wouldn't be happy.  Then, I tried bribing, asking him if he could do physio at my house for a £100 a day.  He did not budge.  I promised him that I had made great progress, that I could do all the exercises in the book now without using my hands to support my leg muscles, and that I was meeting the 200 reps requirement for each exercise that Guichet demands.  I was also clicking at a 21 maximum per day with 0 pain, 0 stress and all within 3-5 minutes.  Wasn't that good enough?  Could I not see him and Guichet in 60 day's time?  "Do what you want", he replied resignedly.

I was defeated, disappointed and ashamed of myself.  My doorman enquired what kind of misfortune had befallen me to break 2 legs simultaneously.  That just added even more shame as I couldn't bear to tell him about my vanity and limb lengthening.  I mumbled some unintelligible rock climbing freak accident and just avoided eye contact altogether.

I've always been taught, if you fail, try try again.  We hailed another taxi, and I hopped on and braved the 25 minute traffic to the gym.  We're not talking long distance here, 3.1 miles to be exact.  And yet, the ride is back breaking.  It is so uncomfortable as one's unable to stretch or move about and every little trundle sends shocks of pain up my legs.  By this time, I'm just digging deep.  I asked for it, I boasted that I'm a self-hating masochist, so here I deserve it 150%.

Costs £25 to reach the gym, again, big long struggle to hop out of the swivel chair and by the time I made it past the front door, and down their handicap ramp (how ironic), I was literally doubled over my frame to free my arms from giving up - that was it!  I've now fully exhausted my upper body power and mental will too.

We paged Filippo to come out (for what, I don't know), probably to score brownie points that I did make it to the threshold of the gym (literally, at the ramp leading towards the lobby of the gym where they post "GET FIT NOW" placards to entice walk-ins) and hope to get a pat in the back.  He asked me why I couldn't I enter the gym and join him at the studio.  I said, I could only make it this far, that was it.  I've given all I had.  And I broke down.  Torrential downpour.

I cried and cried, feeling silly, stupid, vain, selfish, shallow, weak etc.  Filippo grabbed a chair from reception and asked me to sit and relax for a second.  He generously told me that he was super happy to see me come this far and that I could go home if I wanted knowing that I had enough strength to make it to physio fully the next day.

I did, the coward that I was.  Went home with my tail between my legs.  My legs were on fire the rest of the day, as if to punish me too for my cowardice and vanity.  I was frozen in the heat of summer, from overexertion (pooping does that to you too!  That's how weak and fragile you are).  It took my painkillers forever to take effect.  I couldn't sleep, I couldn't move, I spent all my time tucking in my cold feet then shrugging off my blanket from perspiration.  This literally lasted from 2pm until dinner time.  I can't begin to describe what happened next, I've not been on my laptop since 3 days, and it's literally sitting 2 inches from my face.  This is how weak I was.  The irony is, most of my suffering in hindsight, is not due to my legs, G nail, clicking, wounds nor even broken bones.  It's something else that I simply did not take into account at all.
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« Reply #90 on: August 05, 2016, 03:43:24 PM »

wow, sorry this happened.

But did you really break your nails? Isn't that an emergency? I don't understand why you went to the gym if you broke your nails.

and what is the "60 day's time" about?  ???
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« Reply #91 on: August 05, 2016, 03:51:32 PM »

Hey im aswell sorry that happened but be brave and keep your head up.

Don't beat yourself for what happened it's always part of the experience and always every patient have some kind of problems.

Good luck i hope for the best.
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« Reply #92 on: August 05, 2016, 04:00:21 PM »

wow, sorry this happened.

But did you really break your nails? Isn't that an emergency? I don't understand why you went to the gym if you broke your nails.

and what is the "60 day's time" about?  ???

Sorry that I'm such a drama queen.  No I didn't break any nails, mentally and emotionally, I finally broke down.  I thought I was strong and brave and didn't realize that I'd capitulate so easily.

60 days is the end of the 'official' lengthening programme, but of course one can continue to one's desired height and physio etc.  In my delirium, I thought I could do my limb lengthening remotely, like a distance-learning-course:).  So if I could perform all the exercises in the Guichet book and click according to his demanding schedules, then I couldn't be bothered to meet up.  On that last note, BOY AM I WRONG!  Guichet summoned me to his office the next day at 8AM... :-[
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