Arriving ‘Home’

To say that I was excited would be an understatement. I was ecstatic, almost elated. I didn’t mind the nurse waking me up four times during the night because I knew that the next night I would be in a dark room, with no lights on, and no nurses trying to check that I was … More Arriving ‘Home’

Preparing to Discharge

After the high turnover of patients during the weekend, I asked the nurse come Monday morning whether a date for my discharge from the hospital had been set. I didn’t need to wait long. My doctor, after consulting my rehab team, decided that I would be discharged on Wednesday. Since the hospital was overly busy … More Preparing to Discharge

Five Tips for Starting a Conversation with Me and with Others Who Have a Disability

Being in a hospital context for four weeks post surgery, I was very used to people and other patients knowing about my condition and why. Also, I was always around people who were used to talking to people who had experienced trauma, or were in that situation themselves. There was no awkardness of conversation in … More Five Tips for Starting a Conversation with Me and with Others Who Have a Disability