Hospital

all posts relating to being in hospital – admissions, infusions, appointments

Discharge Euphoria

“You can go home today”   The most joyful words that can be uttered during a morning ward round when you have been in hospital for anything more than a couple days. You think back to your home and all the wonderful lovely things that await you – a soft bed. A shower! Fresh pjs and bed sheets. No more bleach smell. Peace, quiet and your creature comforts. But what exactly have you agreed to upon discharge? Have you take too much on? What if you can’t do everything you’ve been asked to do, were you too optimistic?  I’ve named…

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Post Surgery Check Up

The waiting game Travelled to Stamford this morning to check in with my surgeon following my operation, six weeks and five days ago. I can hardly believe its the middle of May, let alone comprehend that it’s been that long since my surgery back in late March. I have seen my consultant since being discharge from hospital and we regularly email about my symptoms and progress. Despite that interaction, it’s been a while since I attended an actual hospital appointment. He does not mince his words but is careful with what he does say. In the same instance he is…

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Surgery Anniversary

I’ve been thinking alot lately about surgery and it’s sometimes negative reputation and impact on the chronically ill.   When I was first diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and we were discussing treatment options for controlling it, I was positive that I could fight this without the need of surgery. I remained feeling that particular way for many years, even as I went on and came off several medications – noted here as Humira, Azathioprine, Mesalazine, Mercaptopurine, Infliximab and Methotrexate – my resolve to not want or need surgery stayed the same. I continued to have my blood work monitored, my…

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Post Operative Blues: The Emotional Highs & Lows after Discharge …

It has been six weeks since my surgery and officially met a huge scheduled landmark in recovery: “expect to feel recovered and back to almost ‘normal’ after six to eight weeks.” It’s standard procedure to feel better after this long; wounds would have healed by then, the likelihood of any complications decreases with time, and the body would be back into a homeostasis – a relatively stable equilibrium – stance. That being said, that is for the ‘average’ patient, one who fits within the limitations of the criteria for the surgery. However, the need for surgery usually indicates something that needed fixing…

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One Month Post Surgery

Four weeks, twenty-eight days.  Admittedly, I did write my last update – you can read it here – abit later than I’d originally planned but still, to think it’s been a month since surgery is just mind blowing. During these last two weeks I learnt a heck of alot more! Some brief highlights: I got myself off the Oxycodene after fourteen days. Big win moment. I was sleeping in a more regular pattern and could restart my usual morning routine. I found a way to shower and wash my hair without causing much grief to my wound! We did more dressing changes at…

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