These programme notes were written by Hatters midfielder, Cameron McGeehan, for the Hold the Back Page column in Tuesday night's edition of Talk of the Town.
The London Bridge Hospital is a real state of the art facility, the staff were wonderful and looked after my every need. I was very lucky to stay there and a massive credit to the club as they were able to organise this for me, especially at such short notice.
Operation time was Wednesday night, and as it drew closer, I was feeling nervous and anxious, almost as if I was about to play a big match under the lights at Kenilworth Road.
However, instead of preparing my left leg for shooting and passing, it was actually getting prepared for the insertion of a metal plate inside it, which will make it stronger and it might finally get some use when I’m back playing!
The operation was a major success, and the doctor was very happy with how he managed to knit it all back together. There was no dislodgement and he was surprised with how aligned it was when he actually got inside the leg.
I will now be wearing a beautiful looking scar over the tibia area for the foreseeable future, but I’ve been massaging bio-oil into the scar religiously and it’s healing well.
Once the anesthetic and morphine had worn off (something I was thoroughly enjoying), I was able to read through all the heartwarming messages from the fans and this gave me a massive boost, I’m thankful to every single one of you.
I even received a message from Frank Lampard, who broke his leg in a similar place and was actually booed off by his own West Ham fans! It was very reassuring to hear from such an idol and someone who I base my game on in many ways.
After a week inside the hospital I was relieved to get back to home comforts and my mum’s cooking. I’ve been staying at home in Kingston Upon Thames since then, which is a nice change as I’ve been living away from home for so long now, however my mum and dad may not agree as I’ve been ordering them about most days!
I’ve been in constant contact with the gaffer who’s been as supportive as ever. I’m looking forward to getting back into the training ground and restoring some normality, and of course, seeing the lads who are all driving hard towards this promotion push!
If you follow my Instagram you would have seen me swimming last week, something I’m thoroughly enjoying and it’s helping to improve the range of motion around the ankle joint whilst also maintaining my cardiovascular fitness.
Under the physio Simon Parsell’s instructions, my days are filled with icing the swelling around the leg and using a contraction machine called a Compex, which helps to maintain my muscle mass. I’ve also been in close contact with Jared Roberts-Smith, who has sent me a leg activation, core and upper body programme to follow, which has helped get me stronger and maintain the sixpack which I already have ;)
I also want to thank my team-mates who have been there for me constantly. I’ve had visits from Steve O’Donnell, Josh McQuoid, Pelly-Ruddock, Glen Rea and Chris Walton (pictured above), along with my old Norwich and Chelsea team-mates. They’ve all been welcome and given me a real boost.
Enjoy tonight’s game and let’s hope for another big three points. COYH!