This morning the physio came round to get Malclom’s legs working. The next thing the nurse had to do was gather up all his tubes and instruments of torture and follow him quickly down the ward as he walked to the nurses station. Every one was amazed and they had to tell him to slow down so the nurses could keep up with him. He got back to his chair and washed his hand and face.
Malcolm was allowed out of bed for an hour this morning but stayed up in a chair for 4 hours which greatly impressed the staff. As you can tell he is doing well. They are gradually starting top unplug him from drains as well so by Tuesday he should be able to walk around more. His personal nurse said that his sats were the best she had seen in ICU and he was recovering fast but ofcause still in a lot of pain. So the nurse and I together told him not to be macho and stubborn but actually use the pain shoot as being pain free was a good idea.
The operation is over and Malcolm appears to have reacted well. I saw him tonight and he was chatty if drained with a lot of drains in him. The nurses will get him up tomorrow and he starts physio as well to get him healing. The surgeon rang me 5.0 tonight to say all had gone according to plan. The tumour was huge and until they get histiology results they are not sure if they got it all but so far so good. The nurses on intensive care will start feeding him tomorrow through a tube in his Ilium ( small intestine) until the stretched stomach and gullet have healed.
We arrived at 3.15 at the hospital to be told there was no one of that name expected and no bed. After some debate the nurses found out we should be there but no notes no letter or anything about Malcolm had arrived on the ward. So we sat in the waiting room. 2 hours later a registrar a lovely Chinese doctor came and told us all about the operation. It will start about 10,30 tomorrow after the doctors have their weekly chat and will last 10 hours. So I will not see Malcolm on Friday at all as he will be kept asleep until Saturday. Also blood was needed to be taken to cross match 4 units for the op so that had to be done tonight. ( 9.30 . no blood taken yet) Why could that have not been done in out patients? At 6.30 we came home and had a lot to eat and drink as we were starving. We then returned to the ward at 8.00 and a bed was ready for him. We parted with many tears and prayers.
The die is cast. I go in at 3pm today, the operation is early in the morning to teatime. The surgeon phones my wife around teatime and she puts a blog up here.
I made a bad mistake today. I burnt my toast, then tried to eat it. It hurt, badly.
Well I was supposed to be, but I’ve had a migraine 2 mornings in a row. I’ve got the Sumatriptan tablets, but they take time to kick in and leave me blury for a while.
Sorry for the missing days. There was wifi at the campsite, but the PC would not connect (the phones would!).
We had a few good days of holiday. Down to Aberystwyth to see some of the landscapes for Hinterland / Y Gwyll.
It said it would be the hottest day of the year, so we headed to the nearest slate mine where it was 6oC all year. I nearly had a panic that I had left all warm clothing back at the camp site, but I found a thick pullover. It was a very good decision.
We also found an old Roman camp which for some reason has no signs at all leading to it and a nice picnic spot by Llyn Trawsfynnedd.
We got here. We used the SatNav (known to us as Susan) because I wasn’t sure which was the best route. Near Denbigh I missed a turning, and in revenge Susan led me through a scary set of single track lanes before taking us through spectacular moorlands and down towards Cardigan Bay.
We got here, just below Harlech Castle, dead on time and put up the awning. We are getting better at this, only 90 minutes this time. Don’t ask how long it took the first time.