On Tuesday this week, Matthew and Diane flew to Melbourne for the ‘final of the first’ rounds of surgery he’s been having to implant titanium into his stump bones as part of the osseointegration procedure. This operation, under the watchful eyes and skilled hands of a large team of surgeons in Melbourne, was on his left arm stump. Later in the year, if all goes to plan (as it has so far) and the implants ‘take’, he’ll have more surgery to link the implants with more titanium on which prosthetics can be attached (this is in VERY simple terms…for more information on osseointegration in some of its more wonderful technicality, go here).
It sounds painful and it is, initially.
Having been consistent in his approach to painkillers, generally, Matthew has surrendered to the reality that sometimes these things can be of benefit and there’s a point to which being brave can be just that little bit silly. So he went under the knife this afternoon, and by early evening amazingly enough he was happily chatting about life in general, the AFL grand-final he perhaps hopes to make if his drains are out in time while he’s in Melbourne, and lots of other stuff. I don’t know why we continue to be amazed, because he’s so consistent, but we always are.
The children are being looked after by the grandangels, Christine and Roy (our Mum and Dad), back here in Brisbane, and the three boys are off to cricket camp leaving Emily to be Queen Bee for a few days. We don’t think she’ll mind.
If Matthew’s recovery goes to plan, he will be back over the weekend, in time to attend the Pride of Australia lunch early next week. He is finalist in the Courage category, alongside the very amazing Matt Golinski and Nigel Hyland. He is extremely humbled to be considered in the same league as Matt and Nigel, who both have equally amazing stories to tell, and is really looking forward to meeting a wonderful group of people.
Matthew is slowly getting used to a few more people knowing about his story. He flies QANTAS because they are the only airline who can carry him easily with the wheelchair, and they are truly amazing when dealing with him. On Tuesday, the crew had been sent his story to read before he got on the plane, so everyone knew about his story, and one crew member gave him a special message from her 13 year old son who wanted Matthew to know how helpful his story had been. He was very touched, and thankful for everyone being so kind and helpful.
So once again, thanks to everyone for their thoughts and good wishes and I’ll provide another update soon.