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The day of my admission into hospital is drawing inexorably nearer, and I'm getting more nervous by the hour. I've cleaned, hoovered and ironed, and now I'm sitting here in a tidy flat wondering what clothes to pack for my 2 week sojourn at Mum's. I think of a pair of trousers, and I wonder if the legs will be wide enough for my leg in its cast to pass through...Maybe I should just pack skirts...or nighties?

And I'm beset by so many more questions: will I be able to go to the loo on my own? How do I wash my hair? Is it too late to call the whole thing off?

The nurse warned me not to bring any valuables to the ward with me. I'll need money to pay for a cab, but should I leave my phone at home? How then will I call in sick?

Will the cats be alright when I'm gone?

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herself_nyc
Jul. 7th, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)
They don't like cell phones in hospitals, so I'd say leave it at home. Don't take anything that you would mind if it was swiped--you won't be awake all the time to guard your stuff. When I was hospitalized I had a little walkman radio I didn't care about much, and some books/magazines, and that was it.

As for what to wear--sweat pants, maybe?

Good luck!
gamiila
Jul. 7th, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
Darn! I was looking at a pair the other day. Wish I'd bought them now...

No phone. No mp3 player. Check. And thanks!
curiouswombat
Jul. 7th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
The hospital should have phones for patients to use - although if UK hospitals are anything to go by these are as expensive as hotel ones!

It will not only be the width of trouser legs but also that you won't be able to bend your ankle at all to get into them - so skirts probably best, and socks for the other leg, as you won't get into tights either.

Best of luck XXX
gamiila
Jul. 7th, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
Well, I'll only need one phonecall, to tell HR I won't be coming in -- I just hope they won't make me buy some stupidly expensive phonecard that I won't use except for that one call.

you won't be able to bend your ankle at all

Gosh! I hadn't even thought of that! This surgery is getting to be more and more of a nuisance by the minute.
suze2000
Jul. 8th, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
Try to stay calm - these thoughts plagued me during the time before my op too. Take some magazines, but I found I spent a lot of time asleep in a daze from the drugs and a hangover from the general anaesthetic.

Do you have any wide-legged pants? But being summer, you may not need trousers to keep warm anyway. Don't worry about your kitties, they are cats, they will be fine in your absence. *hugs* Good luck with it all and I'm looking forward to your return to posting.
gamiila
Jul. 8th, 2007 09:04 am (UTC)
But being summer

Only by popular convention. In reality, it's more like autumn: rainy, grey, windy and cold
(temperatures around the 15C mark),and likely to remain so for the next few weeks at least.
desdemonaspace
Jul. 7th, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
Please don't call yourself names (e.g., lily-livered or yellow-bellied.) It's normal to be scared. (I'm one of those weirdies who actually likes going into hospital, because then I'm not at work! I know... weird, as I said.)

I wish I could housesit for you, and watch over your precious moggies. I'm a hella nurse, too, having cleaned up literally gallons of poo when Papa was sick. But the less said of that, the better.

I will pray for your speedy recovery, and return to full mobility and high-heededness.
gamiila
Jul. 8th, 2007 09:13 am (UTC)
(I'm one of those weirdies who actually likes going into hospital, because then I'm not at work!

Come to think of it, that's got to be one of the best things about this, too: I won't have to deal with Jobsworth and his increasingly dictatorial management style for a while!

And okay, I won't think of myself in terms of lily-livered, yellow-bellied, or just plain old cowardly anymore -- but I am still apprehensive, and I'll make no apology for that! ;-)
desdemonaspace
Jul. 8th, 2007 01:13 pm (UTC)
I understand.

**comforting hugs**
desdemonaspace
Jul. 9th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
I wish I could help, but I know that it's only empty words, so I'll only say I hope your mum pampers you in your convalescence, and that upon your return to work you find that Jobsworth was replaced with a human being.
spiralleds
Jul. 8th, 2007 02:02 am (UTC)
Best wishes with your surgery.
gamiila
Jul. 8th, 2007 09:05 am (UTC)
Thank you. I'm sure I'll be alright.
diachrony
Jul. 8th, 2007 03:23 am (UTC)
How about wrap skirts?

Good thoughts on the surgery! Your kitties will be very happy to have you back.
gamiila
Jul. 8th, 2007 09:06 am (UTC)
How about wrap skirts?

Good thinking! And I know just the one...
enigmaticblues
Jul. 8th, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
*hugs you tightly*
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