When you live almost 400 km from your neurosurgeon getting out of hospital poses it's challenges. When they send patients home who live in the greater Toronto area, if there's a problem they can be at the hospital within minutes. When your talking neurosurgery minutes matter. That's where my plan of escape, got complicated. Having been in hospital for seven days I was anxious to leave, but they were not comfortable with me being so far from the Toronto Western Hospital just seven day post op.
I had a surgery in September where I was asked to stay in the Toronto area for seven days after being discharged. So in our infinite wisdom, we thought we could offer the same and perhaps shave a few days of our hospital stay and avoid a couple of weeks of rehab.
Here's the thing. Dr. Fehlings said a couple of weeks was all I really needed in rehab this time but I know from my past experiences that that means minimum three weeks. The first week is nothing but assessments, then they tell you how long. I was desperate not to be in that situation again.
The last time we did the week after hospital stay we had a little apartment in a neighbourhood with a butcher and baker, though no candlestick maker! It was excellent. This time it wasn't available and we were scrambling looking for options when we realized it was just before the international film festival here in the city and hotels are always sold out. There was no way to find a comfortable apartment to rent at this time. We moved quickly got a hotel room in the downtown core near the hospital with lots of restaurants in the vicinity. So here we are.
What we didn't expect or remember was the students moving into universities and their families would be filling the city this weekend. It is absolutely crazy here. To make matters more complicated one of the university's residence isn't ready so they are being housed here at our hotel. Can you say FROSH WEEK!! Not the most relaxing or safest option for a stroll around the hotel. Happy drunk freshmen. It makes me laugh at our luck and I do steal some of their exuberance when I'm around them. It's been interesting.
The closeness of a hotel room is fine when you are free to come and go but when it is a sudo hospital room it feels very close.
I'm my happiest when I have all of my family around me but I must say that having all five of us (all of us plus Shayn), and the dog seemed like a good idea on Friday night but it was a little close. I will be happy when I'm sitting on my deck and I can hear the birds sing, watch the dog run, see the beautiful blue of the lake and sky and kiss the faces of those sweet little boys who live next door.
Soon, it will be soon. Another major hurdle and that's the drive then I will be HOME SWEET HOME.