One Sleep To Go


Today is Day Six post-op – and I’m feeling 100% better than I was even yesterday. Yesterday (Sunday) was actually a bit of a down day for me. I slept through nearly the whole night before, which was great in terms of getting a good night’s sleep, but that meant that I woke up very sore, and it took pretty much all day for the pain-killers to catch up with that. I had some visitors, which was lovely, but I was very tired by the end of the day. I really wanted to do lots of sitting and walking yesterday to gear up for the trip home, but I was too tired and sore to do that. I was also moved from my single room into a four-bed room yesterday, which was a bit of a shame for Mum, as now she gets to sleep on a mattress on the floor as opposed to the pull-down bed in the other room. However, the one other person in this room was discharged this morning, so it’s ended up that I’m by myself again!

So yesterday wasn’t that great. But today has been a completely different story! Here’s a list of all the things I’ve done today:

  • Sat in my chair for an hour without a break. This was a very big achievement for me, and I’m super proud that I finally managed it. I also sat up  quite a few other times, but they were in shorter bursts.

Sitting up for breakfast!

  • Walked right down to the end of the ward and then up and down the flight of stairs. I did this twice – once in the morning with the physio, and once after dinner with Mum. Walking has become so much easier today, and I’m actually finding it almost more comfortable than sitting or even lying down.

Conquering the stairs

  • Had a proper shower and washed my hair. It felt so, so, so good to finally have a real shower,  instead of just using a wet flannel and dry shampoo and I actually felt even better than before after I’d done that.
  • Not come close to fainting, or even feeling dizzy. This is also a big achievement for me, and it has come none too soon in my opinion.
  • And the last thing – I’ve been told that I can go home tomorrow! I can’t wait to sleep in my own bed and eat real food again. This time yesterday I wouldn’t have believed that I’d be okay to go home on Tuesday, but today has convinced me that that can happen. Sitting up for the almost 2 hour trip home will still be a challenge, but I’m pretty sure that I’ll be alright.

So I’m pretty excited. Home – here I come!


16 responses »

    • Hi Ruth
      So exciting to hear everything went better than was initially expected and that your recovery is going so well. Keep in good spirits- rest up. All the best. Love Mts Drinnan

  1. Yay; so pleased for you Ruth, great news on having such a good day today wishing you all the best for your trip home. I am sure you will cope well and you will feel much happier when you do get home to your own bed. 🙂 🙂

  2. That is great news that you are going home Ruth enjoy your own bed and Mums cooking. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading your daily progress. Love Janet. Xxxx

  3. Ruth you don’t know me but I work with your sister Miriam. We have all been waiting for this happy news and are so happy for you – well done 🙂 Love and prayers from London.

  4. Hi Ruth That is great news!!! We will be thinking of you when you travel home tomorrow. It will be wonderful to have you home again.
    Heaps of love for you and Your Mum
    The Vlaanderens

  5. So very happy for you, Ruth. Recuperation is so much faster at home. We are thankful to God for His goodness towards you and your Mum and Dad. Please say Hi the them for us

  6. Hi ruth I am so glad your are coming home today! have a safe trip home! I will see you in the new year some time after the 12th. Praying for you love from Jess.

  7. Awesome news! Hope the trip home was not too awful in the car and you are managing ok at home. Sounds like you’re doing really well! (-:

  8. [4] Enjoying a straight back, Ruth sauntered slowly down the lengthy hallway. [Dec.] Good job. Great outcome. Thank God. [6] Hope to see you soon.
    ~ The Whittaker’s ❤

  9. You are doing fantastic and you look so proud of yourself sitting out in the chair:-) well done.
    Wishing you the best of luck for your journey home Im sure you will recover better in the comfort of your home.
    love and best wishes from Alison in Ireland..

  10. Ruth, (Jenni – your mum’s friend) you are doing so well and being able to go home so soon – enjoy that marmite, your own bed and having everyone around you to look after you first hand (not as visitors!!) You are a truly blessed kid and loved your blog… keep up the great smile!…Jenni XX

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