Life after hospital

I usually say “less saying, more doing”, so finding the words to explain how things have been can be a bit tricky when I’ve just been getting on with day-to-day life.

Car journeys. If you’ve been in a car accident or even seen one, you may understand the anxiety around getting in a car the first few times. Leaving hospital was the first time I’d been a passenger in a while, I was so used to driving everywhere. Mom asked if I was okay, comfortable, scared, tired, anxious….etc. I was all of them, but you’ve just got to get on with it! If I didn’t get home I couldn’t get into my bed, cuddle with the cat, eat a nice breakfast, sit and watch a film or start this blog. After that, getting in a car became more bearable, I could have a pillow behind my head to provide support for my neck and padding for my head, as the nerve damage made it feel so strange. I only trusted Mom for a while and then friends offered to take me out. I haven’t driven since, but would like to “get back on the horse” so that it never scares me too much. All I can say, if it scares you….at least you’re feeling something!

Sleep and food are two things we need to be able to keep going. At first I had naps half way through the day and felt a bit like a toddler being trained. The length of these shortened and shortened. I put my phone onto ‘do not disturb’ so that if Mom called twice it would come through but no others would. This means that people can leave messages and you can be contacted in an emergency…but you also get a nice peaceful nap. If you’ve never been great at having a sleep routine, like me….you need one! I could’ve become nocturnal as that suited my body better but it doesn’t fit in well with appointments. Being on tablets each day you really need to keep hydrated, sleep and eat properly. Making food was hard with one hand and reaching for biscuits was easy. Oopsie.

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Standing under a shower is so easy now, so refreshing and not time consuming. When I first came home, with a neck brace and arm in a cast I was advised to strip-wash; which goes a bit like this….

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1. Get your flannels ready, light for top half and dark for bottom half.IMG_6642
2. Get your towels ready too…dark and light.
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3. Litter pickers…..great for pulling up pants and trousers! Get all of your clothes ready, so that you can dress at your own pace and warm them up on the radiator while you wash.

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4. Stand on a bath mat or another towel, but make sure it’s not slippy! This way you don’t get cold toes and don’t have to worry about a puddle as you wash.

5. Steady yourself on a stool if needs be, wash from the top down and then dry. Apply talcum powder, de-oderant etc and get dressed. I’m sure you don’t need telling how to wash and dry! 🙂

I was a rebel from time to time when my Mom was allowed to change the padding on my neck brace…

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