Dawn is welcome. Hospital rituals set in. Dr Ang comes at 7.30am. She is pleased with the surgery and my progress. She will remove the large bandage tomorrow. She arranges an injection for blood thinning and extra pain relief. I ask her about her heritage. She is Chinese/Malay and speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and Hokien. Her 4 children are all brilliant musicians. The eldest is in medical school. The physio comes with exercises for forearms and hands mainly and brings one of those walkers with arm rests. We do a round of the corridors. Barb gets in early and helps with and APC wash to prepare me for the day. Last morphine around 8.30am- that gets rid of 2 tubes – now on panadol and brufin only. Managing fine. Merlyn a friend from Woodgate is in having a knee replacement. She visits on her sticks. John & Mike come with more flowers and a gift of a radical orange tie dyed proper hat from Kerry. John takes a photo. He exudes belief in me and my capacity to heal. It is as if his will to keep me in his life can sustain me – and I am sure it does. Mike is mellow now we are in the throes of it and I have my eyes open. Barb has been staying in a motel nearby. She will go back with the men tonight to Woodgate. I pack them off at lunchtime. Now I can write for the first time free of the tubes about my right hand and face.
Day 1 of recovery