Saturday, December 16, 2006

Christmas time, a time of celebration, festivity, joy, happiness and most importantly of all sparkle. No sorry, most importantly of all, loving and giving. Thursday saw the Carol service held on the ward. I never knew that they had this (I am fortunate enough that I have never been in so close to Christmas before) but they have a small choir come and sing hymns and someone reads a service whilst various patients congregate in the corridor, creating a human maze and littering the narrow pathway various wheelchairs and oxygen cylinders. Many people with CF are renowned for having a rather bad sense of humour, which is my excuse for finding a gathering of pajama-clad people the majority of which have knackered lungs wheezing their way through carols perversely amusing.

Irony aside, carols always have quite a profound affect on me and looking around it really sunk in how lucky I am - I am going home. Home to spend Christmas with my family and friends, and a lot of the people surrounding me are not. Wednesday night I was lying in bed feeling quite sorry for myself, I couldn’t sleep, I knew Thursday night an event was happening which I wanted to be a part of but wouldn’t be able to manage, and was lying in bed, staring at the ceiling feeling pretty hard done by (cue sound of violins and Greek tragedy theatre-style lighting). However talking to one or two people around me and being exposed to some of the current situations on the ward is a good and timely reminder. It is not wise to sit and contemplate what you can’t do. It wastes energy and time, and more importantly actually anyone in the world could probably list 10 things that they can’t do right now, whatever their current situation. Even when it is hard, it is vital you concentrate on the opportunities that are within your grasp and try and make the most of them. After all you don’t know how long they will present themselves for so it is best to make the most of them whilst you can.

So yes as I was supposed to be saying when I sat down to write this entry, I was discharged Friday and am home, woohoo! Nearly didn’t make it due to both lifts in the hospital deciding to break down simultaneously (my ward is 4 floors up) and at one point knotting bedsheets together and shimmying down the side of the building was looking like an inviting prospect. I had apparently made my mind up that I was going a tad prematurely as the doctors looked somewhat surprised when they entered my room to find packed bags strewn around the room and raised their eyebrows when I confessed I had already taken my longline out, thus not giving them much of a choice but to send me home. Yay for decent internet connection which allows me to post my own blogs, fabulous food and most importantly own bed!


Rebecca said...

Glad to see you're home and enjoying being there!

Hope you really enjoy the run up to Christmas, and have a lovely sparkly Christmas!


Becky, Seren & Dylan xxx

diddyangel said...

Glad to see you home sweetie!!
Here's to a very happy and sparkly christmas for you and hope you get the best present of all some brand new sparkly lungs :)
Lots of love and hugs

Anonymous said...

That why we have have sunshine today, because you are home. Have a super Christmas and try not to over do it on the 'Sparkles', 'Pink' and 'Sweeties'
Lots of Love
C's in laws

Anonymous said...

Good news, Em. I was only in hospital once just before Christmas and the carols and decorations are lovely but there's no better feeling than going home.

Stay warm and snuggly-rest those little lungs so you can have a brilliant Christmas. Oh, and make the most of it because it's going to be your turn to cook next year!!!
Audrey xx

Emmie said...

YAY for being back in yours and A's snuggly little nest for Christmas! I am hoping that by now it is awash with fairy lights, glitter and pink tinsel and that you are sitting in the midst of it all with an exceptionally pink and proud face!
Love you lots xxxxx

Anonymous said...

welcome home. I'm so glad you are out of hospital. I've been in for the pre-christmas stuff. Personally, it did my head in so enjoy turkey, lights and lots of presents.
sal and all in oldham

Anonymous said...

Glad you are home, have a wonderful christmas, and hope Santa brings you lots of nice things.

Love MoO and Grace (who's not in bed yet hmmmm) xxxx

Anonymous said...

Hiya Emily soo glad you home now.
Rach has been in sooo many times but manged to escape just before xmas 2days nearest!

Nothing like 'home sweet home' spec if you can have all own creature comforts etc.

Rach had her presentation at school last night for her award for courage through adversity/studying and promoting organ dontion at school etc. Was soo proud of her!If it can help people liek yourself and others' has to be positive thing.

anyhow take care and hugz Elaine & Rach xx

Anonymous said...

Glad you made it out and over a week before xmas to! Hope you have a brilliant xmas and enjoy everything that sparkles! I like the fact you didnt give the doctors a choice!

xx Sandy xx

Jac said...

Glad to hear you are back home!! I hope you are feeling much better and ready to get into the festive mood :-)

Love and tinsel-laden-higs
jac xx

Fi said...

Glad you're home wee one.
Much love