Aug 172016

I’m aware that there’s  gap to be filled in about my time in hospital. SheWhoMustBeObeyed did an excellent job of bloggin, but thre’s more to add from my side.  But for now, here’s today’s report.

Appitite, poor but better. Tiredness, very, pain, not too bad

We checked the main painkiller, and it suppresses the appetite and produces tiredness, so I’m going to try cutting own on that and see what happens.

Meanwhile, it’s hard.  But I reckon I’m better than yesteray. I must keep that in view.



 Posted by at 12:51 am

  One Response to “At home”

  1. Malcolm, so glad you are back home. Hope the worst is over for you. I’ve been praying for a full recovery and have asked several friends to also pray for you and Beryl, so you’re covered from over here.

    Just wanted to share some observations.

    When I had uterine cancer, no one told me to get in really good condition before the surgery. I did that on my own because I do have other health issues and wanted to reduce the risk.

    I still remember the mental and emotional stress before the surgery. I lost weight more from the stress than from the cancer.

    From diagnosis to surgery I was on my own for 3 weeks. No medical contact.

    I was only in hospital 2 days. In the U.S. insurance companies decide how long you can stay.

    Immediately after surgery, it is expected that a family member or friend will be available at the hospital to talk with the surgeon. There is a surgery waiting room for family and an information desk where you can ask for updates if the procedure seems to be taking too long. A Patient Advocate will call into the operating room to find out how the surgery is going.

    During the time in hospital, I had stockings that were attached to an intermittent air pump to help with circulation and prevent blood clots since I was over 60.

    We found the cancer early and I made a full recovery but I was on my own after the hospital. My husband took care of me at home. No medical follow-up until 6 weeks then completely discharged from care. I was very fortunate indeed.

    Most hospitals around here provide at least a reclining chair, pillows and blankets for a family member to sleep in the patient’s room if they stay overnight.

    My mother had 10 children and when she was in hospital one of us was with her in her room all the time. We could fetch water, straighten blankets, adjust pillows, and generally keep her comfortable and the nurses appreciated this.

    I suspect the reason our hospitals are family friendly is financial. I hear often that our hospitals are understaffed and since our medical system is “for profit” it makes senses to have fewer nurses and put more money in the pockets of the corporations involved. A family member in the patient’s room relieves the nurse of comfort care and gives more time for medical care.

    I’m really enjoying my peek into life in England. Thank you. I know things are very stressful for you right now, but the love and caring shine through. You and Beryl are blessed to have each other.


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