I had my fantastic stay when I was first admitted to the hospital in the Mary Seacole Ward, but that is only for the first 24-72 hours after admission from A&E. As soon as I was assessed and my neutrophils were a safer level, it was time to transfer me to another ward.
That was a shock.
I was still hooked up to fluids, so they disconnected me for a bit and wheeled me on up.
Lucky for me I got my own room, though no longer my own ensuite. My nurse from downstairs brought my fluids in, said goodbye and good luck and that she was handing me over to my new nurse. My new nurse said she just had to quickly take someone into surgery and then she would be back in a minute.
Now these fluids run for 8 hours. I didn’t want them being dragged out any longer than necessary. And they’re a pain. I have to ask to be disconnected every time I need to go to the bathroom. Charlie was coming to entertain me with board games at 2pm and I didn’t want the damn fluids to cut into that time too much.
An hour later and she still wasn’t back. Great. More time without the fluids running. I didn’t even know where the bathroom was. Unfortunately it wasn’t too much longer before she came back and she finally hooked me back up. Right. Great.
Earlier I had put my order in for curried goat for lunch, fruit yoghurt and soup, and spicy lamb stew for dinner. I figured it might be a challenge with my mouth, as all I had managed to eat prior to now was soggy cornflakes, cottage pie and soup, but I was looking forward to it!But they moved me before lunch. I wondered if my lunch would be able to find me up here.
Well. When I got up to the new ward, the lunch lady came in and said ‘well all we have left is… baked potato and baked beans…’
Ok… I guess I’m having that then.
For dinner they brought me a cold tomato omelette, with mash potato and gravy, and a pile of sweetcorn.
And extra gravy on the side…
I… have no idea.
Omelette and gravy?
They haven’t come to collect it yet three hours later, and my room smells… interesting…
Anyway, I had a visit from the doctor tonight who confirmed that we’re just waiting for 48 hours no temperature, and neutrophils of 0.5 Well, they told me this morning that my neutrophils are 0.5, and sometime early tomorrow morning will be 48 hours with no temperature. So………..
THAT MEANS I CAN LEAVE TOMORROW MORNING RIGHT?
I bloody well hope so.
All in good time to go to work on Monday! I might just check that I’m at a safe neutrophil level (that’s my immunity) to go on the tube/to the office on Monday. Otherwise I might be needing to work from home.
But either way, HOME!!!! Hopefully…
Anyway tonight is Guy Fawkes and I love Guy Fawkes… At least I can hear Fireworks from my window… And it was pretty entertaining spending the afternoon/evening playing Chinese Checkers, Uno and Canasta and listening to music. Thanks Charlie for spending your Guy Fawkes with me.
Happy Guy Fawkes everyone.