Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Update

I would like to thank every one for their lovely comments, kind thoughts and support, an extended family of love and connection, it means so much when times are tough. I really should have done it last time instead of just disappearing coping on my own.

Monday was a very very long day, up at 5am hospital by 7am and Rebecca was down in the theatre area for 8am.  We were originally told the surgery would be about an hour, so give or take preps etc we made our assumptions on timings. I decided to crochet a wash cloth (as you do) to pass the time but as it got nearer to 10.30 this was abandoned and do you know I was reciting nursery rhymes, even Nellie the elephant, in my head to stop intruding thoughts.  At 11.10 a nurse came to tell us they had been all this time evaulating Rebecca because she still had a nasty cough from a chest infection before Christmas!!! what!! it took over 3 hours to let us know......but they were going ahead

Out came the crochet, put the rhymes to bed and we waited - 1.10p,m the surgeon came for us to give an update and confirmed he was satisfied he had collected all he needed and 'cleaned up' and we should go away for 2-3 hours whilst she was in recovery.  As it turned out it was 5.15 before Rebecca returned to her room, where we were waiting, at least it was her room with en suite which makes it so much nicer. She was able to fill in the blanks, she had asked them to inform us of the wait, knowing there would be litters of kittens in the waiting room otherwise, they had given her an epidural first believing to try a different method of surgery, but decided against this so gave her a general as well, no wonder they needed 4 hours to bring her round.

The profound relief to see her back was quite overwhelming, especially as it was so reminiscent of ICU,  since Monday I have been at the hospital doing the day duty, mostly a lot of sleeping everything off but today she is walking a little more upright and looking forward to having solid food tonight and probably home tomorrow, yeah!!!!!!! The 6-8cm incision is in fact more like 12cm.

I shall be with her at her home during the day looking after her and plan lots of fresh vegetables and fruit, smoothies and just good food freshly prepared to give her body a chance to repair.  I have been doing a lot of research and we plan to overhaul her food intake and whilst it may be tough giving up sugars, fats etc we feel the benefits will out weigh this.

Did a little cross stitch today during snoozes, oh and I've been playing hooky, but I shall leave that for another day.
take care xx


10 comments:

  1. Oh Chrissie, it must be awful for you. I'm so glad she came through surgery. You have my email address, don't ever hesitate to use it . thinking of you xxx

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    1. Thanks Wendy, thats very kind of you xx

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  2. I am so glad that Rebecca has come through the surgery alright. I am sure that she will be glad to have you caring for her. I wish her and you all the best for a good recovery. Still thinking of you. xx

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    1. Thank you Amy, We have plans for the new year, things that we are going to do together, so it will be fun talking and planning when she is home.

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  3. it has been a tough few days.... so glad the surgery went off okay (when it was finally done!!).. that waiting is just the worst....
    big Hugz all round...

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    1. Thanks Fiona, yes you are right the hours seem to stretch and of course feeling rather helpless and wanting to take it all away for her. Now its 10 days waiting for results........

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  4. I woke up thinking about you, Chrissie. I haven't been blogging much myself in recent days but suddenly realised that meant I didn't know what was going on. It seems strange to feel so involved in someone else's life - who I have never met, probably never will - but who I genuinely feel concern about. And I'm obviously not the only one. I was so glad to hear that it helps a little to know that you feel cared about in a 'virtual' way.
    I know the next week or so will feel incredibly long and difficult, however you try to fill them but try and enjoy every minute...every sweet berry and every cruncy carrot and every smooth smoothie.
    Honestly, I am thinking of you - even when I'm asleep!
    Axxx

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  5. What a lovely message, thank you:-) perhaps that's why I hesitated saying something and didn't last time, but this can get to be a very lonely road and I've learnt that all my virtual friends do care and sharing does help lift the spirits. It's important to live in the now and as you say enjoy every minute, we try very hard to find lots of positives during the day no matter how small, and when you look there are so many. take care xx

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  6. Oh Chrissie, what a terribly difficult day for you. I was thinking of you and Rebecca so much on what would have been your Monday, (as much as I could calculate). So pleased the surgery went well, and now is the wait till the results. I think you are taking the right path with the food plan, and the positive outlook as much as you can will also be a huge aid to her recovery. Give our best wishes to Rebecca and let her know she has a support network from all over, thinking of her.
    Take care of yourself also, my Friend.
    Loving hugs xxxx

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    1. Thank you Marilyn, your thoughts are much appreciated, I will pass on your good wishes. Its very easy to forget yourself so I will have to try and balance everything. xx

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