Well today has been a successful day with the second part of the blood infusion completed and I can now mobilise 😁👍.
Hospital life started early this morning with observations, blood pressure and temperature being taken at just before 6am and my morning medication was left to be taken with breakfast.
After the slow start yesterday it was nice to have breakfast at 7.30, I opted for toast and marmalade with tea, a change to the Rice Crispies I have been having.
Early breakfast meant I could have an earlier wash albeit in bed, due to being confined to bed.
And so this meant that I was washed and sorted for when they started to prep me for the blood transfusion, yesterday was a little chaotic as they were trying to prep while I washing and trying to get sorted.
But today I was ahead of the game. The prep for the blood transfusion is taking a blood sample, checking my observations and making sure the cannula works OK.
All the prep was done and the blood was connected and set to be transfused in three hours, it’s about a third of a litre of blood so quite a slow rate and that is done to protect me.
About two thirds of the way through an excited therapist turned up from Occupational Therapy to let me know that my CT Scan had been reviewed and my bed confinement had been lifted and I could get out of bed and start moving around.
Also I would not need an additional brace or anything else, I could just go back to the previous practices I had adopted prior to admission.
Sounds easy aside from the fact I had spent the last week flat on my back!
Anyway the blood transfusion completed on schedule and the therapist returned just after lunch.
The first task was sitting up and I could feel the blood rushing from my head and a slight lightheaded wave rushed over me although after that initial wave I was feeling good.
The therapist helped me sort my gown out and get my brace on and then we were off down the corridor for a quick walk. I felt pretty good and was pleased my legs remembered how to walk.
The corridor is not long so it wasn’t a long walk but it was enough for those first steps.
I have since repeated the walk and will do another before settling down for the evening.
Overall I felt quite good although I recognise that it will take some time to get my strength back up and even longer before before I can walk Teddy again but what a goal to have 😁👍.
I have managed to spend most of the afternoon out of bed and had my evening meal sat on a chair at the table which is another positive move and one that I enjoyed.
I was also able to sit in the chair and read the newspaper and a couple of magazines, have you ever tried reading a newspaper flat on your back, it can be done but it can be a struggle at times especially when the paper fights back 😅 😉.
And so there are hopes I can head home tomorrow. There is still one last hurdle to be cleared and that is I still have a catheter fitted and that will probably be removed in the morning once they are confident I can make it to and from the bathroom. A journey I have already completed 👍.
And once the catheter has been removed we need time to go to the toilet several times and make sure everything works as it should.
So with all my fingers and toes crossed I could be heading home late tomorrow afternoon or early evening 🤞🤞🤞🤞
For me the main thing is to be heading home in the best possible shape so I do not get readmitted in another couple of weeks. I already have an Outpatients appointment booked for next Wednesday where I think we will be talking about next steps.