Good Thread Wicket……
Interesting: I truly felt as Letty did in her posting….. and ended up doing what GreenAcres did. Both have good points and again … this is where the personal decision comes into play. Both have good points in there postings. The main thing is that you are comfortable with your decision. You will know what to do!! J
Up until 2 days before surgery I was planning to drive the 1-hour trip home and return in the a.m. Buddy was fine either way…. He left it totally up to me as to what I needed to do. Stay or go home and get a good sleep in our own bed. Which I’m pretty sure I would have done…. Mainly knowing how important it was going to be to be rested when he got home.
So ~ my decision was to stay with him from the time we checked in until the time we checked out. The room was private with a nice big lounge chair that tilted back for rest. I took my pj’s, blanket, thick socks, & neck pillow for me. And the socks used as neck braces for Buddy… They were all perfect!!! I didn’t get cold and I made myself sleep when Buddy slept. I don’t feel I depleted my energy level, which is very important. I got quite comfortable on the ward… when we walked with the IV pole… I’m sure a few visitors thought I was a patient too! J My pj’s were flannel and warm pants/top and was very appropriate. I took my little cooler and was set for the time there. Nice book in hand and puzzle books…. And a few nice size sandwiches too!
My biggest concern was if Buddy could get into our Jeep Wrangler for the trip home!! We did just fine… so if this is a concern… let it go. Don’t forget your neck pillow for the trip home. It really was great to have!! You are ready and so is Curtis J Soon you will blink and you’ll be letting us know you are home and on the new path called healing/recovery!!!!!!!!
Buddy just came by to read what I was writing to you and he says to tell you…. He was really glad I was there. And I’m truly glad I did stay for many reasons…
Wicket ~ You will know so don’t fret for now…. You will know! And your decision will be the right one J The main thing you don’t ever want to have to say is “… I wish I had stayed. “ My co-worker said this to me and it stuck with me… and in the end it was my turning point to stay.
Take care friend,
Keeping you close in thought and prayer!
mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy 53