it is true to say the being at home is much easier than driving the many miles into Manchester, and being together all the time rather than at specific visiting times, it is equally true to say that being in charge of post op care is quite terrifying.
We arrived back just over a week ago. The long anticipated return, when it came, happened really quickly. A phone call in the morning and by supper time we were back on the hill. Two enormous bags of possessions collected over the seven week long stay, and another large bag of tablets, each one necessary to aid recovery.
Hubby seemed ok, the journey back was tricky, for some reason we were both emotional and this was not helped by the tunes played on the radio, still it felt good to be heading West. Once home it became obvious he was overwhelmed and exhausted. He was also hungry. He is still hungry a week later. I suppose not eating for almost ten weeks leaves a lot of making up to do. If health is measured in appetite then I am happy to say hubby is extremely healthy.
This past week has been at times a joy and others a worry. Post anaesthetic confusion mixed with feeling vulnerable made both of us uneasy, but we have worked it out. Lots of rest, for both of us, I am actually sleeping again, good food and the company of friends and family in the unseasonally warm sunshine is doing the trick. Things are getting better.
I am sure we have both learned things from this dreadful time, and we continue to do so daily. The initial fear of organising so many different pills has passed. I now have a chart and feel confident we are on top of this. We have learned that we were both fearful of the confusion, thinking maybe something had gone wrong, neither telling the other until, as suddenly as if arrived, it was gone. I have no doubt we have other hurdles to cross and lessons to learn but today, for the first time in months I am daring to hope we have got this. That another healthier life awaits us.
In another week I will be staring a new job, something I am excited by and hope that it will work well. Hubby is in training for days alone, and is actually doing great. He is even embracing the hated breathing and physical exercises which will restore his lungs and his muscles. We have walked briefly on the beach and looked out to sea, and we have sat in our garden counting every one of our blessings.
For now as we continue this recovery, hubby is keeping the balls in the air and I am cheering him on, every step of the way. The next step on our adventure awaits, just around the corner.