Day 4 – Eventful!

May 3, 2010

Today started really very well – Andy was bright, cheery and eating properly – today’s menu:

  • rice crispies
  • 2 jam sandwiches
  • soup (about 4 cups)
  • a McDonald’s banana milkshake
  • a protein shake
  • some stewed apple
  • a handful of Jelly Babies.

Er… appetite loss? Yeah… not apparently applicable to my husband! All that plus the 1000 calories he’s getting through the TPN!

Now, the eventfulness of the day! Around 5pm Andy reached for the wet wipes to clean his hands… using his left arm. For those who don’t know, Andy has had ongoing issues with his left shoulder and it dislocates very easily. He proved that today!! So we all arrive at 6pm to find his shoulder out, a big mess involving the gas & air cylinder but no connecting tube and an Orthopedic doctor. The doctor was very good, very calming and efficient. They eventually got the gas and air into Andy, at which point he went a bit nuts and started dancing to the ‘dislocated shoulder’ song in his head…. yeah…. he’s funny on the Entonox!

Unfortunately, although this is normally enough for him to get the shoulder back in, the muscle wastage of the last 7 weeks has taken it’s toll and it wouldn’t go back in, even with the doctor helping manipulate it. So they wheeled him down to theatre, gave him a sedative and a local anaesthetic and popped it back in. He said it was really cool to be awake in an operating theatre so seemed to enjoy himself! I came back around half 8 as he was waking up, sorted him out with soup, and getting everything he needed set up so he wouldn’t have to reach for it. His parents had brought up his little TV so I got that set up and he was ready to go!

I love Codicote ward because the nurses are lovely and don’t mind me being there outside of visiting hours. It also means I can take some of the pressure off them by doing the little things for Andy that he could do if he wasn’t attached to a central line and an epidural!

It was also nice earlier when his shoulder was out, he was on the gas and air and I was in the room with the nurses and I actually felt useful! Because Andy was listening to me when he wasn’t listening to the doctor and I was the only one getting him to calm down. It was nice not to be in the way for once!

Now I have instructed Andy not to blog until his sedative wears off but I can’t promise anything. I expect if he does write tonight it will be a symphony of nonsense!! I do adore him 🙂


Andy with his shoulder out – it’s quite obvious when you look at it next to the other one… on the plus side… no NG tube!! No more Andyrooalump!

Back from theatre – sling-ed up (Neck strap annoying the central line, arm annoying the stitches!) and dopey, but happy! Note the beautiful white stockings!


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