Sorry for missing the last few days, but I have been getting used to my new life and lifestyle – at home! After pre-op fears of a lengthy stay, purely down to not knowing how my lymphoedema would behave, I was initially told on Monday that I could come home. I was then told on Tuesday that I was being kicked out. This entailed a set of phone calls to reinstate care, organise food and arrange other things. The care was a call to my regular carer to se if he could come and help me and of course, he was more than happy to help me.
So home I came and have had wonderful support from everyone involved in looking after me since then. However, I haven’t found life to be as euphoric as it was when I first landed.
On Thursday and Friday, I suddenly felt extremely tired and as a result largely shut down for each day, taking to my recliner and bed and just relaxing with music and rest.
The back pain I encountered in hospital has persisted, and I have struggled with liquid pain relief. I have also over the past couple of days suffered with a recurrence of cellulitis in my legs. We’re trying liquid antibiotics for a couple of days before we decide whether to go to Calderdale Hospital for intravenous antibiotics.
At present I am on 3 “main meals” a day with 3 “snacks”, but each consists of three tablespoonfuls of whatever I’m eating.
I have mentioned the Forceval supplement I have to take each day, so I snip the end off the capsule and pour it into some yoghurt, mix it and that makes up breakfast.
Mid-morning I have the remainder of the breakfast yoghurt, or a little Ready-Brek.
Lunch is then some soup, puréed to remove the lumps. Wiltshire do a basic range, but each consists of just three to four spoonfuls, which is ideal for me. However I do also have a couple of Morrisons / Covent Garden Soups which I can use in portions.
Incidentally, I bought these on e-Bay last night, which are ideal for storing foods to reduce wastage.
I’ll try to update at least every other day from now on.