I am sorry if some people will not approve of this photo, but this is what to expect from a visit to HDU. The big bonus for us was that Simon was woken up post op and so was taken to HDU and not ITU. There was a list of machines etc, so here’s the list of what Simon had (please read this list to the time of 12 days of Christmas in your head):
1 Epidural, 1 PCA (patient controlled analgesia), 1 catheter, 1 NG tube, 1 central line, 1 arterial line, oxygen, heart monitor, 4 drains, 1 stoma and 46 staples on abdominal wound! Phew! It’s quite a list but everything is initially essential. When you arrive in the department you will see that you will have 1 nurse to two patients, thank you Joanne and Laura for fabulous care.
Everything on this part of recovery is about pain control and stabilisation and everything was explained to us both. We had a few difficult hours, pain control being the first but teams were in hand to assist, the second was a very dramatic reaction to one of the drugs administered. This is not a place of rest, and was exhausting for the pair of us but we worked our escape route and Simon escaped back to C2 Ward after 24hrs.