One week shy of three months ago my life was rudely interrupted. A long medical rodeo ensued which I don't want to describe here as its still a bit too close. Now that I am doing much better, am off the morphine and pretty mobile which means I am much more alert and time passes much slower in the hospital. At the same time I don't have much structure to go back to when I get home as I don't have a job (I quit my job 1 month prior to this all starting). So there are two challenges that I am facing that are non medical at the moment. First, what can I do each day in the hospital that keeps my head engaged and helps pass the time. Sitting in bed or in a chair or walking and only thinking about my medical situation drives me nuts and I know I need to make a change.
The second challenge has to do with how do I set up my life when I get back home. When I go home I will be on TPN which is food fed intravenously.... this means that for 8-14 hours a day I'll be hooked up to a machine at night/evening/early morning and the rest of the day I will be free to leave the house and lead a normal life. The plan is that this should allow my guts to continue healing to a point where I won't need the TPN.
So some big stuff. So this blog is a way for me to help feel connected to you my friends and family and anyone else who finds interest in my story/experience. Plus it gives me some structure. This should help with the increased anxiety that I have been having.
If anyone has any suggestions for other things that I can do to help pass the time that engage the brain and provide value to others that would be great. You can leave them in the comments section.
Dan and Company
We got this... This has been the mantra of Dan's friends and family as they help him navigates a difficult medical rodeo ride. This blog contains entries from Dan as well as his friends and family.