I can hardly believe it, but I’ve actually been home now for 11 days.
It doesn’t feel like 11 days at all. It seems like only yesterday that I was struggling to walk across the hospital car park as I started my journey home. I suspect that some of that is simply down to the fact that I’ve been too tired to do very much apart from sleep, probably helped by the relatively large dose of codine that I’m taking. And empty days that have nothing to show for them tend to blur together in my mind.
But if I look at my physical capabilities now, compared to that painfully slow walk across the hospital car park, I can immediately see the difference; I can walk (albeit slowly) several times as far without any significant concern. As an example of that, we took the kids out to the local YMCA centre where they were running an open day for children to try some activities as a precursor to possibly signing up to a summer camp later in the year. The place was absolutely heaving with people, with long queues for all the activities, and in the end I guess I was on my feet for nearly 2 hours. Admittedly, I was nearing my limits when we left, and needed to go to sleep as soon as we got home, but I was able to cope. So despite apparently having nothing to show for my time, I am making progress in my recuperation.
So my plan tomorrow is to raise the bar, and rather than just spending my time sleeping, trying to stretch myself just a little. With that in mind, I think I’m going to start walking the kids to school. I reckon its about 1500 meters door to door, which I ought to be able to manage without any major problems. And being a school governor, I figure I can I can always abuse my position a little, and recover with a coffee in the staffroom before walking home again 🙂
In fact, tomorrow is looking like a busy day, as not only am I planning that, but I have my home-visit from the stoma care nurses, and I’m going back to “my” ward in hospital to visit one of the other patients there, who I’ve struck up a really good friendship with. Add in some other little jobs I need to get ticked off tomorrow too, and it’s showing the promise of being a stand-out day in terms of achievements!