Today was Kirsten's 8th day since leaving hospital. She is looking well. She still gets tired and needs a sleep in the middle of the day. She can get herself around really well on the crutches. The trachy still has a bit of air escaping which can set up a megaphone effect which can be disconcerting, but it is easing with time. All the medical people are really really pleased with her progress.
She has a wonderful mental approach, too. She is positive without flaying herself to progress even faster. There are things she cannot do with Ally which, whilst disappointing, are to be expected. As she said to me today, 'this will just be a blip on the radar for Ally'. Darren is working like a trojan: he goes to work and works; he comes home and works. They had a daily nurse from the Royal District Nursing Service, which was worth every penny, I gather. This service has stopped now, mainly because Kirsten and Darren feel on top of both the wound care and the showering. As well as instilling confidence, this service knew how to access equipment, like bathing boards, and additional bandages of the right type.
In just a couple of weeks now, Kirsten will be able to put a bit of weight on her left leg. This changeover will be a challenge: when does just a bit become too much! But she is wise, and is looking at the longer term, rather than the short-term advantage.