Review: Cut & Run

Cut & Run
Cut & Run by Madeleine Urban
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I wanted to read something trashy, easy reading and maybe with a love interest and this had reasonable reviews. Trashy it was – with two fairly cardboard and unbelievable characters and a poor plot. The quality of the writing wasn’t good and I didn’t really believe in the characters or the plot. As the book went on I began to look forward to the end, and the closer I got to the end the more obvious the coming plot-shock was to me. If you have come from the 50 shades of Grey series (no I haven’t!) then you will be disappointed to find the sex scenes flat and unrealistic (thankfully they are as brief as they are unbelievable). I won’t be reading the sequels – I’ll look elsewhere for something light and frothy.

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Normally I love getting free gifts but I’m not so sure about these…

I paid another visit to Derby Royal Hospital and I couldn’t complete this post without commenting on the fantastic service I received.

I left with a selection of ‘freebies’ – samples of various catheters for use away from home. Normally I love coming home with a goodie bag but today I’m not so sure… 🙂

Update: four weeks since surgery (coping with cauda equina)

I can’t believe that it’s been four weeks since I had my operation.  In that time I’ve made regular visits to the hospital and have started to come to terms with the changes in my abilities.

What’s happened in four weeks?

  • My wound has nearly healed – just a little scar is all I have left on my back now.
  • I haven’t regained any of the sensation I lost in the back of my legs/feet etc.
  • I’ve failed my TWOC again (Google it!) but now I’m a drain on my NHS by self catheterising (with approximately £250 worth of single use catheters a month!)
  • I can hobble for short distances using the walking stick the hospital supplied
  • I caught my first UTI!
  • I’ve been signed off work until the middle of May on my latest hospital visit (I can’t drive yet or do lifting etc).

Compared to stories of many people who have experienced cauda equina syndrome I’m doing well.  The pain is manageable with pain killers and posture, and I have plenty more visits to the hospital planned for them to monitor my progress…  I’ve also found a great community on Facebook of CES sufferers that is a great source of strength.

Feel free to leave a comment if you have experience of cauda equina – I’d love to hear from you.