Monday, July 28, 2014
Home from hospital and adjusting to my latest experience of life
I'm home and recuperating from my experience of hospital. I am very fortunate that I was able to come home the same day and did not have to stay over. I am sore and terribly tired but grateful to be home and well. I have the luxury of time to sleep as I am on sick leave from work, not that I would be of much use to them. My powers of concentration escape me still.
Last week I wrote of my terrible fear of the ordeal ahead of me. I almost ran away when the orderly came for me, only the sense of manners instilled in me by my mother prevented me. Actually my manners were tested a few times, by nurses who didn't explain what was happening, by an anesthetist who asked questions but didn't listen to my answer, by the complete disregard for dignity that the whole process demonstrated.
It would be easy to criticise myself for my fear, dismiss myself as paranoid but I am glad I accepted my feelings and proactively prepared for the experience. I am healing slowly but solidly and feel comfortable with myself and my emotions. I would highly recommend if you are faced with something that frightens you, as this did me, that you prepare slowly and diligently so that you may face it as best you can. It will help you on the other side.
I chose the above quote to say that I have embraced the experience as an opportunity to show others greater empathy through understanding. Not that its an experience I want to repeat ...
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