Drain #2

So we all know how traumatising my first drain experience was. For that reason, the Registrar said he wouldn’t do the other one that afternoon. I’ve been trying to work out how things fit in to the passing of time and it’s all over the place. I said that the first drain came out on…

Drain lyf

I appreciated my ward friends at the time, so much. But it’s only after that I realise just how much they helped me in that time. I woke up every day excited to see them, we went to sleep chatting, curtains around us but open just so we could see each other from our beds….

Out of the darkness and into the arms of love

I didn’t know when I was transferred to the ward, how magic that place would be. It was there I met my new best friends. Like… really. I got to the ward late on the Wednesday. Yes, we’re still only up to Wednesday, two days after surgery. It feels like a lot has happened, doesn’t…

The long night that follows the bright day…

That night, the one after the day with Glenda and Gabby, was a long one. You know the types. My oxygen alarm was going off over and over again. I called the nurse to ask if there was a problem and she said it was just a faulty alarm then disappeared. The alarm kept going….

It’s my birrrrrttthhdayyyy!

I’m just going to take a moment out from the timeline to talk about some acts of kindness. I’m also going to tell you – it’s my birthday today. Yay! December 4th! And I want to pause broadcast to let you all know I am actually home from hospital now. I obviously couldn’t write on…

My Angels

So in March 2018,  the award of ‘Angel’ went to Rose. She found me in me darkest days: lost, confused, in pain, basically an absolute mess. She showed me kindness and compassion like I hadn’t yet been shown, and she saved your little Jen. She really did. I don’t know how I would have got…

Taking Stock

After a surgery, especially one so big with so many unknowns, you’re left trying to regain consciousness while also piecing together the bits of your body. What’s still there? What’s gone? What do you have attached to you that wasn’t there before? You move certain parts of you, touch things either with your hands or…

Anaesthetics, eh?

Not a great one this time. When I spoke to the anaesthetist the day before, we talked through the process and what drugs I did and didn’t like (NO KETAMINE). Among other things, she basically said there are two options to anaesthetise me – one that involves putting monitoring patches on my head and one…

I made it through!

Well hi, everyone. I have lots to update you on about my escapades in hospital. Some highs and some lows. Thank you so much to everyone who sent a message. Or who just thought about me. I have appreciated them, but looking at my phone or computer at the moment is just a painful mess…

Once again we find ourselves on the eve of surgery…

Well I sort of dropped a bombshell on you all with no details and then disappeared for a few days, didn’t I. To be fair, that’s kind of how it went for me too. I didn’t get many details on that Wednesday, but I’m not even sure they knew much at that point. I went…