Today was an Addenbrookes day with a difference. We both belong to the Patient and Public Involvement Panel (PPIP), which involve us in looking at, and commenting on Researcher’s proposals before they go to the Ethical Committee and before they apply for funding. Today was one of the meetings we attend to hear some proposals, have lunch, speak with other members and today, an afternoon session discussing what we all do and what could be done better. On the way home we went to vote.
I took two pictures today, my breakfast and the one of my husband, reluctantly sitting in a hospital wheelchair.
After a very lazy weekend, I spent today volunteering at Addenbrookes Hospital for two sessions of their annual Patient-led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE). I had volunteered for this prior to my husband’s recent surgery and I had not expected, when he came home from hospital, that he would need as much help as he does. However, Victoria, our granddaughter was still on her Easter holiday break, so she came round to “Granddad sit”!
It was an extremely enjoyable, although busy day, when I visited some parts of the hospital that were new to me. I, with others in my group, assessed A and E, (I have been there before) Ward EAU5, N2 as well as some corridors and sections leading off the corridors. It also involved tasting the patient’s lunch, which for me was limited, as I did not have a menu to check which was gluten-free. The lunch provided for me was excellent and included my favourite Marks and Spencer gluten-free sandwich, gluten-free cake and fruit.
As I left the hospital the Park and Ride was just leaving, they run every ten minutes; the next one was due in sixteen minutes, so I walked to the Park and Ride. It was very windy waiting for the bus, so walking was a good option even though the bus arrived at the Park and Ride just slightly before I got there.
I spent the morning moving furniture in the lounge to accommodate a single bed so that my husband can come home, possibly on Thursday, but it will depend upon what time the bed arrives. I then purchased the bed and went into Cambridge to purchase single bed linen as we do not have any.
I had lunch in Cambridge and then visited my husband during the afternoon. I took this picture as I walked across Christ’s Pieces and although the flowers are a little past their best they still depict Cambridge on a sunny day with people on their bicycles.
Mallard and Pheasant Eye Narcissus
As my husband is having his left-knee replaced on Thursday we decided that a day out in Cambridge would be a good idea, especially as he will be incapacitated for a while. Today’s picture is of him taking a picture of one of the colleges. I have also included an extra, which I particularly liked.
We started with breakfast in Harriet’s Tea Rooms, followed by a walk around the town, by the river and along The Backs. We stopped for coffee and cake at the University Centre, before coming home.
The weather forecast said it would rain, but although it was overcast it did not rain until we arrived home at about 1600 hours.
My husband had an Addenbrookes Hospital appointment this morning and on the drive there I kept thinking I had forgotten something; I had, no camera. So today’s picture was taken on my iPhone. It was either this picture of the River Cam and the clouds, or my Costa coffee cup; this won.
After the appointment we went into Cambridge and had lunch at the University Centre before having a wander around the town. It was very busy, no doubt due to the lovely sunny day.
This morning I went into Cambridge and as the picture shows I had breakfast in Harriet’s Tea Rooms. I had a wander around Cambridge, but did not purchase anything; then I went to Addenbrookes.
When I rang early this morning they told me that as expected he had been moved overnight to a ward for those who do not need as much attention. They also said they were arranging his discharge papers so he could come home later today. When I arrived at 1300 hours he was still waiting for his papers. The surgeon arrived shortly after I did and was pleased with his progress; she will see him in Outpatients in due course.
It has been sunny, but with a chill wind.
Waiting to go to Theatre
The pciture on the left shows my lunch, eaten at 0930 hours this morning; well it seemed like lunchtime. We were at Addenbrookes Hospital this morning just after 0600 hours for my husband’s surgery on his spine at C4/5/6. He was supposed to be second on the theatre list, but then somewhere along the line they changed the list so that he was first and came to the ward to collect him; he was not ready, having not had a cannula inserted, his special stockings fitted or his blood pressure taken! He went to theatre at 0845 hours and was back in the ward at 1400 hours. Just after that he was eating a roast beef sandwich and drinking coffee, which was not up to the standard that he has at home, but welcome all the same. The picture on the right is my husband waiting to go to theatre.