Saturday, April 09, 2011

9th April

Another encouraging day. Jane has this enviable ability of being able to embrace whatever medical treatment is imposed upon her and walk through it without any complaint whatsoever. Christian rock band Delirious wrote a song called ‘Stare the Monster Down’ referencing a journey through chemo. And that’s exactly how it is with Jane, no matter the challenge, she faces up to it with incredible bravery and determination. This week is no exception. Today she decided to start walking again… without oxygen for a brief time, a visit to the bathroom. And when I arrived we walked together, trailing tubes and carrying her fluid bucket and our portable oxygen, all the way to the ward balcony. I was amazed and we had a lovely hour with our youngest daughter and partner soaking up the spring sunshine. I was even mildly reprimanded for bringing Jane’s wheelchair up from the car when she’d not asked for it!

Life on a hospital ward leaving aside ill health is not a lot of fun. The practicalities of normal living we take for granted become quite complicated and so today I offered to wash Jane’s hair… quite difficult with a dressing holding a tube in Jane’s back leading to a tap and a fluid container, and where does one put portable oxygen in a shower room? We made it though and then Jane really had to have a sit down and a cup of tea. She’s sharing the ward with some lovely friendly people despite each facing their own cancer challenge.

John 8v36 ‘So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.’ (NIV)

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