Today is Thursday 24th September

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

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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21 Responses to Today is Thursday 24th September

  1. I just finished reading your post today and I please for you and the surgery went well. Keep sending positive posts. Mama Mia did not bonded as she had not eaten for around 5 days and had elimination she was returned the recuse group and we will looked for another cat.

  2. Sending hugs. Hopefully back to normal real soon. x

  3. So glad all is moving, even if slowly, towards better health. I fully understand the tired.

  4. Sadje says:

    Speedy recovery for your hubby.

  5. murisopsis says:

    This is wonderful news (except for Maggie’s ongoing issue)! Let the recovery begin!

  6. lbeth1950 says:

    Best wishes to you hubby and Maggie.

  7. Nurse SWMBO has a job ahead of her! Luckily her patient knows her and will be acting appropriately… I think it is wise to take a wee break from your diet regime. This is a highly stressful time and better to have a bit of comfort food and relax a little than to perhaps go on a binge later if the stress gets too high. I’m sad to hear the news about Ms. Maggie, but upsetting their routine can upset their digestion, and I’m sure she’s been worried about your hubby and picked up on your higher stress levels. Now that you are taking some down time, she’ll settle once again I bet. Pets are such great barometers for our own emotions, aren’t they? Take care of yourself Di because you’re the literal boss right now of your little family.

    • Thanks Melanie. Both patients have eaten well today, but only one is being cantankerous. He of the two legs hasn’t got the energy yet!! It feels so good to be making headway after all this time and I’ve seen an improvement in Hubby as the day has progressed.

  8. Sounds like you have everything under control! Good for you. Emotional stress is much worse than physical stress, hence Maggie’s condition too!

  9. willowdot21 says:

    Fingers crossed on all sounds good 💜💜💜😊 I am sure Maggie will be fine in a day or two 💜💜💜

  10. Carol anne says:

    glad you sorted some things out, and I am glad hobbys on the mend! Poor Maggie! Lets hope she settles down again in a day or two! Good choice to take a week off from slimming world, you cant do everything, you need some rest time too! Otherwise who will look after your hubby if you cant! Xxxx

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