If you hadn’t guessed from the title, I was in hospital over Christmas. I was admitted on 23rd December with left-side paralysis and the inability to talk.
My thoughts on having a hospital Christmas
Spending Christmas in hospital wasn’t actually that bad. It was very festive. When my mum came back to the hospital the afternoon of the 24th, she bought my presents with her so I opened them when I woke up on Christmas Day. My dad, my brother Jamie and Natalie, my stepmum, came Christmas morning and bought some presents for me too. Jamie bought some of his presents as well, so I watched him open those. I also saw two of my grandparents who came just after my dad, Jamie and Natalie left.
Even though it wasn’t the Christmas we had planned, I still had a good day. I spent a lot of time playing reindeer hoopla and I watched Love Actually.
A New Year milestone
Last night I was away from home and by myself for the first time in a year! The past few nights, my mum has slept in the hospital next to my bed then gone home while my dad’s with me during the day. Yesterday, I was moved from a cubicle to a bay as I could finally move my left side slightly. This meant my mum couldn’t stay with me, because there are other people in the bay.
I haven’t been out of my house except for doctors appointments and a couple of times when I was with my friends only a few minutes away from my house. There’s almost always someone I know nearby, usually my mum, so being by myself in the hospital last night was especially challenging. I can’t speak very loudly (although I can actually speak) which makes things more difficult.
When my mum had gone, I felt a lot calmer than I had a couple of hours before. I was really tired, so was just watching Netflix on my iPad. I think this helped a lot, as I was focusing on that, rather than on being alone.
Last night wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and this morning I got to go home! I saw the physio and consultant and they both said I could be discharged. I can’t believe how much progress I’ve made in the last 24 hours!
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