Nurse SWMBO is on the case and taking care of her patients.
All three of us have had a good night and it was all systems go from the moment we got up, which was actually later than usual as Hubby’s appointment wasn’t until 10.20.
We seem to have hit on a good balance for pain control with a combination of dihydrocodeine every six hours and a crushed paracetamol two hours later.
After some breakfast of strained yogurt and a cup of warm milk and water, it was down for his blood test. As expected, his INR has dropped significantly, and he will be collecting some more Clexane tomorrow. We are lucky in that we have an excellent INR nurse who not only knows what she’s doing but knows him well. There is another test booked for Monday and a fourth on October 1st.
The trip to the pharmacy resulted in a half hour wait outside as they operate a one in, one out system. Luckily it wasn’t raining, and aware that there were 8 people behind me, I asked the assistant who put her hands on both Ensure and Complan straight away. I bought vanilla flavour in both and Hubby had Complan for his lunch. It suited him OK and he’ll try the Ensure tomorrow. If that suits too, then I shall get some more so that we have plenty for the first two weeks of his recovery. I know we’re self isolating, but as the hospital gave us nothing, we have to source things ourselves.
He’s also looked up his surgery on the internet and the reason he has a sore throat is because they inserted a tube, the pain in his shoulders is due to being pumped full of CO2 so that they could inflate everything inside to give them access to work, and this also accounts for the bloating and swelling, which should sort itself out in a few days.
He is looking much better, moving cautiously and slowly, but he’s on his feet and finding his limits. I can see it hurts though, it’s written all over his face.
I am feeling much more positive now that we are doing something instead of waiting, and seeing results. He’s gone back to bed this afternoon as it’s more comfortable to lie down than sit for long periods.
Sadly Maggie has taken a backward step and we are back on the chicken and rice. She doesn’t travel very well, and over 340 miles in 2 days has had a drastic effect on her digestive system. Hopefully though that should settle down again in a couple of days.
As for me, I’m still tired, but it’s a good tired rather than a worried tired. I’m having a week off from SW guidelines, though trying to be sensible. The bacon and mushroom baguette was so nice I repeated it yesterday and today. No butter, so the mushrooms were cooked in the bacon juices as I didn’t use fat in the pan to cook it. A dollop of mayo instead of spread and the bread as my B option, I considered it a good compromise!
Hope you are all having a good day.
Take care and keep safe