Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Learning the lay of the land

It is not a skill that I like to boast about, but I have to say I am very good at finding my way around hospitals.

I figured out that the nurses would get me their own coffee with milk and even get me another one when I spilled the first cup in my bed while trying to move my tray.

I know that it is good to eat yogurt while on antibiotics, but the stuff they send up on the tray is not good. So yesterday I figured out that they would let me go down to the gift shop to buy a Greek yogurt. While there I also got a Nestle Crunch bar.

I'm going down there now. My blood cultures did not grow anything, so I will end up just needing a week of antibiotics for the urinary tract infection instead of two if it had been more serious. Discharge is scheduled for today, but that sometimes takes a long time.

I'm glad at least that although this is a double room, I haven't gotten a roommate. I have a view of the spires in downtown Holyoke, and it is mostly quiet in here. Yesterday my friend Deborah brought coffee and a treat and word of the outside world, which was a nice break from being in here by myself.

Last night I had the strangest experience of having a male aide who reminded me of my nurse Vytas, who died a few years ago. It was almost like seeing my old friend, and it brought tears to my eyes. He was a wonderful friend and a gentle and funny caregiver who tracked me through all of my multiple hospitalizations and was always there with reassurance and a joke, calling me by his nickname for me, Nervous Nellie. I was worrying about dying and then he was the one who died. It is extra difficult when a caregiver dies. I am crying while I write this, which means it's time to get out of here.

1 comment:

Marty said...

Sorry to hear you were in the hospital. Vytas was PJ's nurse too for her first transplant, and he probably helped me as much as her. He sat with us for hours as she went through her "rabbit" drug prior to transplant, the shake and bake. SHE was unconscious for it, but I had to watch it. He kept me calm, telling me about his own kids in NY, and was a real mensch!
Glad to hear that you are home already, hugging Maddie!