It has been quite a day of ups and downs. Last night I was allowed to sleep at home but had to be in the hospital for injections, blood tests and oxygen treatment first thing this morning so we were up at a good hour and on the road to St Amand again. I duly had my various treatments. Elja went back to Eleusis and I settled down for a rest in my hospital bed.
Midday the doctor came and said that at last my blood tests were showing the anti-K factor in the right range. This is great news because they have been trying to get it there for ages. The first medication provoked an allergic reaction and so they had to start again with warfarin and it took more than they expected. Anyway, this was very welcome news to me because it means that I can go home on oral medication plus a blood test once a week instead of daily injections.
Mid-afternoon I got all my discharge information and prescriptions. Shortly afterwards, Elja arrived looking very shaken. En route she had had a collision with another car. The incident had been rather distressing with the other driver hurling abuse and she was shaken by it. Of course, it is exactly at times like this when one is tired, stressed and worried that these things happen. The accident had happened just outside the house of the other driver’s grandparents and they came and poured oil on troubled waters, which helped, apparently.
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I was pleased with my body for being able to walk down to the car with just one walking stick, not needing a wheelchair this time. Actually walking out of the hospital gate felt good. We went to the pharmacy for my prescription and other things, including a box with sections for each day's pills so that one not forget, and then drove back to the house nearby the accident and had a chat with the grandparents. Around here, in this country area, everybody knows everybody and so we were able to make a number of connections with people we know. This all helped to settle things. Later in the evening our neighbour came and asked what had happened and later the driver of the other car and her father came to Eleusis and we got all the insurance paperwork sorted out.
It was very nice to get back home and to sit by the fire. I expect I’m going to do rather a lot of that in the weeks to come.