Discharge

May. 24th, 2009 09:38 am
[personal profile] sallyalice
I suppose a post with a title like that could go either way, really.

As it happens, I've stayed on course for my discharge from hospital this afternoon. My brother will be picking me up by car, and we ought to arrive back in Oxford before 5pm. I'm not relishing the idea of a long car journey at the moment, but I'm sure we can make stops if need be, and the pleasure of being able to go outside for the first time in a week ought to make things easier.

Actually, I'm finding it much easier to get comfortable now, and managed a decent amount of sleep last night. Dilating gets less painful every time, and my fourth session (this morning) was really very bearable. I've worked out that it hurts less if I breathe heavily, take frequent sips of ice-cold water, and listen to soundtracks from musicals for the duration. But my body also seems to have worked out what's going on now, and is behaving much more charitably towards me.

I'm actually going to miss the hospital. It's *lovely* here - I'll regret having to give up my adjustable bed, all the tasty veggie curries, and the company of the other patients and friendly nurses. In spite of the pain and discomfort, I've spent a happy seven days here.

Thank you so much to all of you who have come to visit me - it's meant so much to me to see you all, and to be able to spend some of this time with you. Thank you for the cards and presents, which have kept me occupied during periods of inactivity and reassured during periods of pain. Thank you to everyone who has sent good wishes - I'm so lucky to know so many lovely people. Perhaps the more reliable Internet access at home will give me the opportunity to answer the backlog of joyous comments.

So much love :)
xxxxxx
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