Fun and Happiness

Being out of ICU gave me greater opportunities to access therapy. On my first day on the Stroke Ward, the Occupational Therapist came in for an hour. We worked hard on improving the movement in my right arm. I went to the gym for Physiotherapy and saw the Speech Therapist about my upcoming trachy removal.…

Return To Writing

The Covid-19 pandemic has rocked most Australians this week. Last week social media was flooded with jokes about panic-buying of toilet paper. This week the implementation of stage 2 restrictions combined with the rapidly  increasing number of confirmed cases, has many of us scared.  This week 2 of my family members have tested positive to…

Preparing to leave ICU

My final days in ICU were spent readying me for the rehabilitation Ward. I hadn’t been approved for rehab yet, but that was my hope and the plan of my medical team. The rehab Ward won’t accept patients with tracheostomies. The nurses in rehab are not experienced enough with the care of tracheostomies, nor do…

Drawing Strength From the Love Around Me

My stroke is the worst thing that has ever happened to many members of my family and me. My beautiful sister-in-law lost her dear Mum suddenly after complications arose from fairly routine surgery. And my Dad lost his Mum in a terrible accident when he was still a boy. Other than that my family had…

What A Girl Will Do For Botox

After 6 weeks in ICU, I was well and truly medically stable. The only thing keeping me in ICU now was my locked jaw (and the need for a GA everyday to clean my teeth). Keeping me in ICU longer than necessary was bad for many reasons. ICU is often full and I was occupying…

Mirror, Mirror …..

By the time I had been in hospital for 6 weeks, my neck was pretty strong. I was much better able to support my head. I continued to go to the gym on the stroke ward a few times a week. Most days we worked with my arms and legs in slings. One day toward…

I Really Am Disabled!

I have mentioned previously that I had a nasogastric (NG) tube put in on my first day in hospital. An NG tube is a thin, rubber tube inserted through the nostril, down the esophagus, and into the stomach. An NG tube was used to deliver food and medicine straight into my stomach. As a Dietitian…

Finding A Reason To Laugh

After a few weeks my head started to clear. I felt much more like myself. I figured I was here so I would be happy. Although there were still plenty of dark times, I was now able to enjoy many fun times too. With the world’s best cheer squad (my extended family), how hard could…

Monotony

My days in ICU were driven by routine and soon became monotonous. Every morning, I was taken for a shower. This was always very stressful and exhausting, and sometimes painful. I was rolled to and fro in bed so that a sling could be placed under me. The sling was then attached to a hoist…