Lessons learnt from a week at home
Well what can I say? Thank you everyone for all the wonderful messages that I received on here via Twitter and by email. I was genuinely very touched.
This time last week I was getting ready to travel to hospital and now a week later I’m back at my desk (albeit with a sling) and ready to rock and roll. I have never been off work for a week, it was a very strange experience. But we need to find learning wherever we can and so in true L&D mode, the things last week taught me are:
– Watching yourself being operated on is really quite amazing – technology never ceases to baffle/amaze me
– Nerve block injections make you feel like you have dead flesh attached to your body. Which is quite unnerving. Which in itself is ironic.
– Key hole surgery sucks, because it hurts like hell inside, but you have no manly scar outside to justify your pain to the outside world. They just think you are a wuss.
– Losing the use of a limb requires you to think about life in a whole different way and challenges your habits. I always put my train ticket in my back right pocket….which is not helpful when your right arm is in a sling. And as for visiting the little boys room…….
– Commuters still push into you regardless. I pity pregnant commuters.
– I am not good at sitting around and convalescing. I need to be doing things (including mowing the lawn with one arm!)
– I like being at home with my children. I prefer it to work.
That last one is going to take some pondering and revisiting. I guess I always knew it, but I had never really tested it. Watch this space……