21. Being home

Tomorrow I may be able to stop being an invalid. But nothing quite like being in your own bed and being looked after. Had to sleep on Susan’s side of the bed (left) due to the catheter on my left leg. This meant that the cat bit her foot in the morning (cat usually bites my foot as a signal to get up).

She suggested I put a pillow between my knees (pregnancy trick) and this allowed me to get some sleep on my side. Usually find it hard to sleep on my back. Have got into the habit of taking a picture of the catheter in the morning while I’m still connected. Maybe I’ll sequence these into some kind of montage.

Woke up with more freedom of movement than the day before and had a long shower where I removed the curious skin-like dressings from the cut and the drain hole so that the air could get to them. It felt good to be another step away from the operation. I seem to have come home with an itchy rash on back, probably due to spending so long on my back and sticking to the sheets of the hospital bed. The scrotum elephantitis seems to be shrinking but is still a little uncomfortable. Coughing stills hurts but is getting easier.

Susan and I spent most of the day and evening on the couch glued to ‘The Wire’ (Season 3). In the evening, we walked down to Merri Station (100 metres). On the way I was blessed by one of the Greek women - which was nice. I seem to have lost my taste for coffee and have been drinking tea and cheese on toast.

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