- Life in the hospital here at Parkwood moves haltingly ahead. I'm being kept very busy, but there are lots of gaps in the schedule I have to fill, especially on weekends. I get two hours of physio and occupational therapy each weekday, and I'm supposed to practice the exercises in between. Butjust getting up, washed and dressed takes 3 hours of the day, and I fear I'm getting lazy just sitting here reading blogs. Oh, I forgot to mention that I still can't eat or drink. I've been on a tube feed since I arrived. I could SO enjoy some real food and drink!
I'm sitting at my window looking out at the gardens while I write this (wih one baby finger and one thumb mostly), and it's a beautiful mixture of greens - trees, grass and plants with paved pathways interweaving between them. There are several small shelters within sight, as well as the frogpond. And visitors pushing patients in wheelchairs. Often there are families around, so there are children too, though it's quiet on weekends. There's an active day care centre aound the corner during the week.
There are amazing areas to explore here in the building itself, from a bowling alley tothe chapel, from thelibrary to the Tim Horton's outlet, and lots of lounges. It's a very interesting building and community. Unfortunately for me, I'm not allowed to leave the floor alone until my tracheotomy is removed. Hopefully only another week or two.
They held a 'family conference ' the other day to report on their initial assessments of me, and lay out what I need to accomplish before I can get out of here. It seems like an awful,lot of work and dedication is required, but my planned discharge dat is Sept.11th! Can we get the house ready for me to return to in time?