On getting kicked out of Hospital, there is a huge amount of stuff flying about in my head about my homecoming.
So there I am sitting in a wheel chair looking like the “mummy” with missing leg thinking
To start with how do I get out of this bloody wheelchair and stow it away in the boot of the car? Not a problem today as my better half is with me and she can do it. At this stage I decide despite my knackered shoulder I will use crutches, much easer and I am in control. And it suddenly hits me that’s “things” are going to be different from now onwards.
The occupation health people have visited my home whilst I was tucked up in bed in hospital and have made a list of recommendations that should have been done before I returned home ……Naturally nothing has been done and it wouldn’t get done for a couple of weeks.
I did read somewhere that you shouldn’t be released until the adaptations had been done but ……………
adaptations you may need will vary depending on your level of amputation, your
pre-existing medical condition, if you have one and your age. Your occupational
therapist if you have one will make recommendations on what adaptations you may
This may be:
So what adaptations did I get?
They came out with a huge list, but all that got done was a grab rail in the shower another one by the toilet (not sure why they put one there)
And best of all a fold up shower seat, this is something that is worth its weight in gold to me , even now I find I can stand and shower but as soon as I shut my eyes my balance goes so I still use it today , a really good useful bit of kit . Get one. (Or better still insist that they fit one).
As for the rest of the stuff nothing happened and after a few years I gave up waiting.
Other minor adaptations, where mainly common sense, remove trip hazards like mats, move the furniture round to allow easy access, but as a rule I found that even on crutches with various other non working body parts you will be surprised on how quickly you adapt to your conditions.
Learing to move around the house.
So don’t go out buying allsorts of stuff that you think that you will need, the chances are you will need very little.
After a couple of weeks I decided that my life is always going to be full of trip hazards and the sooner I started to cope with them indoors the better I would be able to cope outdoors, so the furniture got put back and mats ect where put back down, and even my kids starting leaving junk laying around for me to trip over. (Something they still do today as young adults)
What did I learn at this early stage?
Planning, before I did the most simple task I would think about the how’s, why’s, what’s and if’s.
If one method didn’t work, try a different method. See my tips and tricks page for some of the “daft” things I did
So yes coming home was a bit on the daunting side, but if you just sit and think about things before you do anything its nothing to get excited about.
For me the earliest & biggest hurdle was to learn to stop and think whereas before my accident thought and movement happened instantly.
It’s was a huge learning curve not only for me but for my family as well and the biggest thing for my kids was NOW means now not in five minutes.
Not really sure where this should go , but from day one , till I stopped shrinking I was told to wear a shrinker sock (juzo?) over my stump. (not really sure if this comes under adaptations)
I came to hate this shrinker sock.