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Home Again from the Hospital

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I was finally discharged from CTCA this afternoon! I even drove myself home for the first time. I haven’t gotten much sleep the past few days (my fault) so I was a little tired from driving, but otherwise I felt great! I met up with a couple of friends today and enjoyed the afternoon just like I would before I was diagnosed…it almost felt normal again!

I believe the next time I go back to ctca is on Wednesday for rehab and follow up appointments with each doctor. When I was discharged today, the docs increased my methadone dosage and gave me some other meds that are low grade steriods. This should help with some of the stomach issues and nausea I have been experiencing. I am hoping that this time we have the magic concauction and I can start focusing on improving my strength and stamina instead of sleeping all day.

I don’t have a caregiver for another week or so, so this will be interesting to see how my first week “on my own” goes. Wish me luck!

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My favorite thing that you wrote was that the time with your friends almost felt normal again. This is so important!! With all the time you've spent in hospitals and feeling sick, I think it's really important to be able to have that touchstone of "Oh, here's ME again!" It reinforces what you're working so hard to accomplish.

Here's my hope for a great week on your own, feeling good and not trying to do too much!!! LOL!!

October 28, 2009 - 7:44am
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Woo hoo Melissa! I'm so glad to hear you drove yourself home and that you felt great except for being a little tired. It's going to be interesting being at home on your own, but with your attitude and determination I'm sure it will go well. I wish you luck because you asked for it, but I don't think you really need it.
Take good care,

October 26, 2009 - 5:30pm
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