My ex father-in-law, Granda Mac, is in hospital. He had a knee replacement operation in March last year and he got an infection in the bone. It took them about 8 months to realise that's why he was in so much pain and was unable to straighten his leg.
In order to pin point the exact place of the infection, he had to endure lots of tests and very painful scans but finally he went into our local hospital on 28th December to have the knee replacement removed.
Sounds simple but no, it is much more complicated than that because they can't just leave the knee empty so they have to put something in it's place. The plan was to fill the knee with cement and then zapp him with very very strong doses of antibiotics. His knee has to be kept straight as that was something he wasn't able to do at all while the replacement knee was in. This process will take about 8 weeks in total as he has to have the cement in for 6 weeks and then they will put in another replacement knee and he will then have to endure more physio and more antibiotics to ensure that he doesn't get another infection! By the time he is finished it will be nearly a year since all his trauma began.
Granny Mac surprised him at New Year by coming to see him just before midnight to take in the New Year with him. It was really important for both of them as they have never spent a Hogmanay apart in the 40 odd years they have been married. I thought this was the sweetest thing and from what she told me, they were really quite emotional but they still managed to have a wee smidge of the alcoholic stuff as the nurses were prepared and had a glass of wine for Granny Mac and a wee whisky for Granda Mac. In fact I believe they had two glasses each!
Now that's my kind of prescription!