Sorry for the delayed update, I’m home and just about recovered from the stomach operation. It all went well despite being complicated by my previous peg tube surgery but the surgeons were brilliant and although it made it much more tricky for them, they managed to keep it keyhole which was so much better for me in terms of healing and possible infection etc.
The anaesthetic really knocked me this time though- it has taken 2 weeks to feel better and able to drive and do normal things. I wasn’t sleeping so was getting more and more tired too, hence the reason this blog is so delayed- I just haven’t felt up to doing much. Stomach wise however, I really cant complain. The first week was really horrible and uncomfortable but I refused to take the pain relief which really didn’t help matters. I wasn’t trying to be hardy- it was just making me feel so much worse- confused and sick so I decided I would rather be in pain than that! It also really aggravated my existing back problems which has been the main source of discomfort but I have spent as much time as possible lying down and overall it is definitely improving- I just have to be careful how much I do and what positions I sit / lie in. Eating has been much better than I thought. I started off with just puree but within a few days I was able to eat mince and mash etc so not too bad at all. I have had a lot of yoghurts and soup. I very quickly discovered that freshly baked cake dissolves in your mouth and you can suck chocolate buttons so that was a great help! 🙂
I’m now off on holiday on Friday to Spain with Phil’s parents and family which I am so looking forward to. Its going to be a lovely relaxing break in hopefully just lovely sunshine. We have a villa with a pool and I have a loaded kindle so hopefully it will be the perfect way to finish my recuperation. The only slight snag is that I have woken up today feeling pretty rough, chesty and a bit cold. Today has been cancelled and I will spend it resting and hopefully sleeping off anything coming my way- I am NOT keen on swapping Spain for Harefield. I managed to fight off the last chesty cold I had without medical intervention and I’m slightly worried that I cant be that lucky twice… but it’s hopefully all about positive thinking!
I do have some very sad news- Little Ned who I have previously requested prayers for, heart-breakingly lost his fight on 28th July, aged 4 years old. Our whole family is devastated by this and I just cant imagine how his lovely parents, siblings and grand-parents must feel. His funeral is on Friday and I’m so sad not to be going. It’s just not do-able in terms of travel arrangements and even though I feel very guilty to be going off on holiday that day- I can promise that I will be thinking of gorgeous little Ned and praying for everyone who loves him all day on Friday and for a long time to come.
Life has been very busy the last few months with various ups and downs. The drugs and I guess your past journey through illness sometimes make things harder to cope with and I have been struggling a bit with this recently. This is part of the course and not something I really want to dwell on but I haven’t been great at getting in touch with people and socialising recently and this is the reason why so bear with me- it’s really not that I don’t want to make an effort. I’m hoping getting away on holiday will really help kick this.
I’m sure i have a lot of other news to tell you but I think it will have to wait for another blog as my brain isn’t functioning brilliantly today!
Oh I have been doing some bits of publicity for Organ donation in the last couple of months which I hope some of you will have seen- I will elaborate on this more next blog!
Thank you all as always for your continued support and love- it always means a lot.