Mum helps me to walk Gandalf. I kiss him on the top of his head and cuddle him. It cheers me up to see him. Here we are:
Mum leaves me on a log whilst she does extra walking with him. They return with Gandalf carrying a huge stick. He puts it down when I give him a treat. Then he finds a manky old tennis ball and takes that home.
Have lunch and a sleep. Have just been to doctor to have Zolodex injection. Now am sitting on the sofa. The panther rests his heavy head on my thighs.
Mum and the fluffy monster are in the garden but am in the house as need WiFi or photos won’t attach.
Wake up and go for a walk with the panther. We see this clematis.
District nurse comes to empty drain and change dressing. She notices an infection at the drain site. The fluffy monster sits in my bedroom whilst she is draining the fluid – 350ml. Not sure whether he is just interested or whether he has an ulterior motive.
Mum takes me back to the hospital where a doctor prescribes antibiotics for the infection. Also have an X-ray.
Have been sleeping. Have just woken up. It’s 6.45pm. Am lying under my fluffy blanket. The panther lies under my blanket with me, resting his heavy head on my thighs.
Wake up and go for short walk with Mum. Realise that drain is leaking so we visit the nurse at the GP surgery to have dressing changed.
The irises are flowering:
And also one of the poppies, see attached photo.
Start reading this about the Berlin Olympics in 1936. It is written in the present tense and is gripping:
The community nursing team come round to empty drain. About 300ml of fluid comes out. Can already feel that am allergic to the dressing they put on, but can’t do anything about that. Just have to grin and bear it.
Have a long sleep.
Go for another walk with Dad.
Now am sitting on the grey sofa with the panther. He rests his heavy head on my shoulder. Can hear Mum cooking in the kitchen. It’s 6.20pm. That last photo is taking ages to upload. Ah, it is finished now.
The fluffy monster is in for the evening now. It is good to be home with him and to have orange fluffy cuddles.
Happy Tuesday everyone!
*2016. By Oliver Hilmes. Book about the Berlin Olympics in 1936.
Sleep better last night, thank G-d. Have my porridge this morning and then Mum comes to visit.
A nurse removes the cannula in my foot which makes things more comfortable. Unfortunately that is my morphine drip so now have to request Oramorph when I need it.
Nurse changes my dressing around the drain site.
“I’ve spoken to a doctor and she’s going to put an extra stitch in your drain site,” she says. “That will stop it leaking.”
So am waiting for that. As you can see in the attached photo, a lot of fluid is draining from my wound – that bottle is just from this morning.
Am not allowed to go home till Monday as am losing a lot of fluid through drain and also still need the oxygen mask to breathe. Have achieved a couple of small walks up the corridor with Mum, which am meant to be doing.
Now am drinking coffee and lemon squash and waiting for Dad. The panther is sprawled on top of me on the bed, resting his head on my side which hurts where the drain is attached.
In hospital with my little badger (see attached photo). Have been through the operation and now am sitting up in bed. Dad is here.
They remove three litres of fluid from my left lung during the operation. Am now breathing through an oxygen mask but hopefully breathing will get easier soon.
Have a drain coming out of my left side, and have a morphine drip (yay).
Throat is sore where they put a camera down it to see inside lung. Also drain site is sore.
Will be in hospital for a few days, then will be discharged and then will have to return to get other lung drained. Apparently they put talcum powder between the lung and the membrane and that stops lung from filling with fluid again.
Am drinking lemon squash and fizzy water as need to rehydrate self.
The panther is draped across the windowsill, gazing outside.
Happy Thursday everyone!
*1987. By Caroline Graham. The first Chief Inspector Barnaby detective novel.