Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Still hanging in there.

My husband yesterday was sufficiently, energetically determined to leave hospital NOW that we have been thinking, even more than before, of the possibility of having him discharged to a nursing home. We – not me, but members of the team – have gone through the list of Edinburgh nursing homes and have focused on one that makes a feature of physiotherapy – he could have it five days a week. And they have a cat on the staff.

I'm going to look at it, I hope, today. The drawback, of course, is that I can be sure the NHS is keen to get rid of him, whereas a nursing home would have a motive to keep him. I might share that motive, if he continues to be so disagreeable. If he were in a nursing home, I could visit in the morning and have a bit of a nap after lunch and get my days back into sync.


Not much, except that I did finish the 12-lozenge rank of the Fantoosh and enjoyed working out the new percentage for my sidebar, by hand so to speak. Still a long, long way to go, but one consolation is that each completed rank of lozenges makes a more substantial contribution to the sidebar than the last one.

I think if I'm strong enough to knit today, it had better be to finish the 6th pocket square and start the 7th (of 8).


  1. Mmm...those "Green granite blocks" are harder to shift.
    I like to start my shawls centre out. I can fool myself into thinking I have done a lot.

  2. It sounds as if the rehab care home would be a better place than hospital for all concerned. Getting strong enough to return home could be excellent motivation.

  3. Cats can be great company. Will be interesting to see how he or she interacts with your husband.

  4. I agree with May Lou, rehab is not only for your dear husband, but also to allow you some respite. Best to you both.

  5. Glad there may be some light at the end of this very long tunnel. The NHS will be keen to free up a bed since they are at such a premium and also for the risk of infection, no doubt. I hope it's a nice nursing home for your husband.

  6. Anonymous9:31 PM

    Please have the Dr. discharge him to rehab only, not to home. The best thing for my father was when his Dr. refused to discharge him home, but only to rehab. Don't call it a "nursing" home, but rehab or something like that. You are not going to be able to take care of him by yourself. Even with help, you won't get any rest or time to yourself.
    If you don't take care of yourself, you can't help anyone else. Also, you will be more cheerful when you do see him. If you have to, refuse to drive him home.
    Marilyn in Chicago