Hi Folks, first of all I have to apologise for being off the radar for so long and second of all I have to both thank and apologise to those who messaged me and are still waiting for a reply. Of course I will get back to you but as I have so little energy at the moment here's a short update.
Last Thursday I went into Broadgreen Hospital for a knee replacement. I had been in agony for 18 months, no doubt exacerbated over the years by a lack of respite care for my daughter, and not having proper breaks for myself, which to many family carers is a sign of the times.
I had such a struggle finding respite for Marie and one op had to be cancellled, (but that's another blog) and she went to the placement two days before my operation. To say I was emotionally drained and exhausted by that time would be an understatement and the thoughts of some kind nurse bringing me a cup of tea and putting a meal down in front of me outweighed any anxiety I might have felt about my knee op.
I haven't had a hospital stay since the 80s, when my two children were born under caesarian section, so to be wheeled into the theatre to see my surgeon and his colleagues in space suits was almost surreal. (Do all surgeons dress that way nowadays or is that just the orthopaedic surgeon get-up because of all the hammering and drilling... and blood?)
I came home on Sunday and have my lovely son and daughter sharing the care for the next two weeks. My physio is vital to a successful knee op so there is no curling up in bed to enjoy the slow recovery.
Even writing this is exhausting but I'll be back when I'm feeling stronger. I just wanted to put you all in the picture and let you know that even though I'm not in touch I still think about you all and send lots of love your way.
I would also like to thank all the staff a Broadgreen Hospital in Liverpool for their team work and dedication. The cleanliness is indeed outstanding and is a credit to the NHS and to Liverpool itself.