I'm just going to take a minute to write about hospice care, as it isn't always what people think it is. The aim is to improve the lives of people who have a terminal illness, however long that may be, and people - such as myself - may need to go in and out for short or longer periods over time. I've taken advantage of pain control, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, complementary therapies, palliative care and rehabilitation as well as the amazing care received overall from the staff and volunteers who work here. There's also financial and practical advice and support for the whole family such as respite and counselling. They try to be almost a home from home - for example, I've decorated the room with photos and drawings the girls have done and I get brought a Baileys once in a while which is most pleasant! I have a family room with a sofa bed, so we've also had a couple of family sleepovers which were fantastic. Hospice care is free and this one is a charity (I assume they all are?), with most of its funding coming from donations, so everything helps.
Back to the present.... Yesterday the hospice arranged for me to go home for the day. This was the best ever! They've found a wheelchair I can use and so I was transported in their special van back home. Our cat was so pleased to see me! I had a nice long cuddle with her; we've missed each other!
|Isn't she gorgeous?|