THIS DAY IS APTLY NAMED. I feel as if I had been 12 rounds in the boxing ring with the world champion. I am exceedingly groggy but still standing, just. The match isn’t over, it will go on for some time yet. Best not to count the days, hope each one will be a little less gruelling. Two weeks ago my husband had an operation on his heart, according to the medical people he is recovering well, on Christmas Eve we brought him home.
It has to be confessed we are both old people, he had his 76th birthday the day before his operation. I am the elder by two years. These are the facts of the matter. The whole business raced away with us, some complaints about being breathless, pains in the neck and shoulders, pop in to see the GP and the world collapses; within days a hospital appointment and what had looked like a minor problem suddenly becomes a major concern. A transfer from our local hospital to a specialist regional hospital with expertise in heart operations. Further tests and the decision is taken, a heart by-pass operation is necessary.
A cousin of my husband’s take me to visit. I’m a non driver. Himself is lying on the bed with tubes attached barely aware that I am present. Events seem to have a momentum of their own, its Christmas Eve, I phone to say I will visit and he says I will come home with you. An extremely kind and helpful cousin takes me through, yes he has been discharged officially he can come home. We travelled home in the gathering dark, the same relative as a Good Samaritan.
Now to get to grips with looking after someone who can do very little in looking after himself. Who knew that washing and dressing could be so complicated and take so long? Me I’m the squeamish type, I feel faint at the sight of blood. But needs must, be calm in the face of angry read scars make a joke about the problem of getting socks on swollen feet. Feel a huge sense of satisfaction my man is washed and dressed, collapse in a chair, feel like going back to bed.
I have been a teacher and a lecturer for a number of years. I am married with two sons. I'm interested drama, films, TV, books, society in general, poverty and riches and political systems.
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