24 May 2008
That's the thing with the Bionic Leg, of course.
At some stage, it'll want to get driving again.
So you do the research.
You get a bandwidth like this:
• When your doctor says it's OK
• When you feel confident
• Not before 6 weeks
• Not before 3 months
The hospital blurb says "Ask your doctor"
So I asked the doctor at the physiotherapy clinic during the final check-up (when she also determined that ''someone'' had neglected to remove the drainage tubes sutures, one of which she whipped out - long little bastard - and one of which is still burrowed into my thigh and is resisting removal. But that's another story)
From her reaction, you'd have thought I'd shoved my hand up her skirt...
'Well, I certainly can't tell you if you can drive" she said.
"You're a doctor" I said "The surgeons say that I should ask my doctor. Right here"
She: "You can drive if you feel fit enough"
Me: "So do you think that the muscle tone and reaction speed in my right leg's sufficient to safely drive a car?"
She: "Well, all I can say is that when my colleague's called as an expert witness in court cases involving accidents involving hip replacement patients, he'll say that anything within the first 3 months is at the patient's own risk."
So if I've understood this correctly, they're quite happy to let you drive ""if you feel fit enough", but when it comes to the crunch, it's BOHICA time, with them lining up on the side of the insurance company.
So thank you ever so much.....