Vicky arrived to see me this morning with a vast array of cards and letters, and even one present (thanks Sarah and Julian for the jigsaw designed specifically to fit a British Standard hospital bed table). I just want to post to say I was overwhelmed by the efforts made and how well you all write! I was amused, moved and cheered no end.
There's been a fair amount of pain today but this is mainly down to the increased exercise. I managed 15 mins in the gym yesterday and it'll be the same this afternoon. Generally I am doing well and am allowed on home leave sat to sun. Vicky and I are both a bit worrried about sleeping without the posh electric tippy bed but they'll lend us a wedge to lie back against so I'll hopefully be ok.
Being at home will be amazing and I am looking forward to some decent food (although the jam and coconut sponge and custard at lunch today was really very good!). We are also planning to let off a few fireworks in the back garden as I'll miss tonight's display in Cambridge. When I say a few, vicky's dad who is a firework nut has apparently got slightly carried away with his purchasing today... Yay!
Today is the 2 week anniversary of the call and looking back I am amazed how fast it's all been, even though the minute to minute hour to hour reality is a slog. I am preparing my mind for the reality of a long rehab and possible bouts of rejection and infection that are likely to occur in the first 3 months. On the flip side the new lung capacity is already marvellous and so I am already more physically able than I was 2 weeks ago.
Thanks again for all the cards. If anyone feels moved to write more don't let me stop you...
5 weeks ago