Time to reflect

I cant believe I have been out of hospital a week already, that said it actually feels like it has been longer than that to me. I am not sure if that is a good or bad thing, maybe it’s a good thing in as much as I have settled back at home and hospital is becoming a memory. I can’t tell you how good it feels to know that I wont be going back in there as an in-patient for a long time now, god I think I have just made that sound like prison. It is not that dissimilar to prison really, you spend nearly all day in the same room sharing with others, three hot meals a day and a strict daily routine.

So a week it is and I thought today it would be nice to reflect on that little. In hospital I was concentrating on little goals each day to try and achieve but since I have been home that seems to have stopped. My goals seem to be bigger but still achievable, they will just take longer to reach, for example coming off enough medication to be able to drive again. After a meeting next Tuesday I may find that my priorities change a bit but we shall have to wait and see. So what has been the highlight of the past week (apart from the actual getting of hospital)? It has to be getting my new wheelchair, I know I only had to put up with the other one for a couple of weeks but trust me that was more than enough. The other wheelchair was heavy and sluggish and in some ways that is how it made me feel. I get the new lighter wheelchair and my spirits lifted and I was zipping around, it was like being a kid and getting the best toy you could imagine. So what was the worst bit of the week? Hmmmmm much trickier to find an answer to that, OK we will come back to that one. Would I change anything about the past week? I should probably have laid on the bed and stretched out a few more times each day to try and stop or reduce the phantom pain. I tended to sit out too long and by the time the evening came the pain was so bad it was really hard to get to sleep. Anything I wish had happened? Yes, I wish I had entered the lottery and won millions, failing that I wish the phantom pain had gone, I know both unlikely to happen. So going back what was the worst bit of the week? It’s still a hard one to answer but it’s probably the phantom pain. There’s no pain in the stump even when I touch it but the phantom pain can be really, really bad. Since I saw my GP on Friday and she has upped the Amitriptyline I have felt an improvement. I have managed to reduce the Tramadol a tads and hope to be off it by the end of next week.

So that was it a reflection of the week. Don’t forget if there is anything you want me to cover, test, comment on etc. then please do not hesitate to contact me or leave a comment. Next week I have an important meeting so don’t forget to check back to find out what it is about and what the outcome is. In the words of Bruce Forsyth (strictly come dancing fans will get this) keeeeeeep reading!

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