At 2pm yesterday afternoon (Sunday) Jane was transported to the Royal Orthopedic Hospital in Northfield. She said a tearful goodbye to the staff at the hospice and went on a very slow ambulance ride back to the ward she had left some three weeks before.
Today at 1pm, two burly porters wheeled her bed down to theatre. I was with her all the way. I don't think I had a choice judging by the vice like grip she had on my hand. She was greeted by the staff who did their best to put her at ease. One of the nurses recognised her from when she used to take the children to junior school, her daughter was in the same class as our eldest, James.
The anaesthetist spoke gently to her and gradually she fell asleep. I must admit I went home with a few tears in my eyes and tried to get on with some housework. Couldn't concentrate so I went on a golf ball walk instead.
* We have a local beauty spot just up the road called the lickey hills which incorporates an 18 hole golf course. We used to take the children there years ago and there was an ice cream for anyone that found more than 3 balls. (I was too stingy to buy any when I played). We take Grace there now and its a good place to think about things especially when its blowing a gale and raining. I found two today but I wasn't trying very hard !!
I cooked an early tea with Catherine and Edward as I was expecting the phone to ring around 5pm. It did, the hospital and Jane was in recovery. All three of us wolfed down the remainder of the stir fry, jumped in the car and headed for the High Dependency Unit. Jane was sat up but obviously in lots of pain. She had a morphine pump and lots of drips. The operation had gone well but she was experiencing a lot of pain, not unusual for such a big op said the doctor. It was more complex than just a routine knee or hip replacement.
We stayed until 9.30pm, stuck the morphine pump in her hand and said our goodbyes. I shall go in to see her in the morning with Catherine who will stay with her all day tomorrow and then hopefully back on the ward to begin her recovery.