So as ye know I was in our ladys hospital for my rehabilitation. I spent two weeks there but home for weekends. I am so excited to share my experience and journey with you all.
I traveled to Dublin on the 9th of January. I had a lot of travelling to do. A 50 minute car journey to Waterford city to get the train to Dublin, which took about 2 hours and 15 minutes. Once we arrived in Dublin we then got the Luas into the city. My mom came with me. We spent the Monday night in a hotel as I had to be in the hospital fro 9:30am the following morning.
On Tuesday the 10th we headed to our bus stop to get the number 16 bus to the hospital. The bus journey was 20 minutes. On arrival at the hospital I was both nervous and excited and praying this would be the answer to change my life.
We went in and got brought up to my ward. I got asked so many questions and they needed to know all about me and my illnesses. I seen the occupational therapist Emer at 11:00am and shes so nice. She talked to me about fatigue which is a big issue for me and they wanted to work on this. At half 12 I got my dinner and oh my god the food in this hospital is just amazing. I normally hate hospital food but everything is so fresh and tasty. At 2.30pm I went to physio and met the lovely Katie. She was so friendly and nice and explained everything so well to me. She explained what I would be doing and assets how I was so that she could create a program suited to me and my needs.
The nurses and staff at the hospital are so friendly and nice and so accommodating. It doesn't fell like your in hospital at all. The ward is so nice and honestly it is the cleanest hospital I have ever been in.
There is a board in the hall with all he patients names and it has times on it for our physio, occupational therapy and hydrotherapy. They want us to be independent and we must check the board and go to our appointments, which I loved. The other ladies in my ward where so welcoming and I miss them so much. I have never been in a hospital where everyone on the ward talk and get on so well.
So my first day I was up at 8 and had a lovely breakfast. I went to my first hydrotherapy at 11:00am. The pool is lovely and warm and I didn't need towels as they had towels for us. I found the pool very good, it was hard but I love been in the water and really enjoyed it. Fiona was my physio in the pool an shes so nice and really helpful. She makes sure I knew what I was doing.
What I was doing in the pool-
I started off with walking up and down. I did lunges and in the deep end with a float I did cross-trainer. which I loved it was hard but it felt good to workout in the water. I was working on bum and hip muscles and my balance. All excersizes felt good doing hard but not out of my comfort zone.
I then had physio at 2:30pm. Katie my physio is so lovely, she showed me my excersizes and set a program suited to me and that I could manage. She explained why I was doing each excersize and what the aim of my physio was.
What I did in physio-
I did a range of different excersizes. The aim was to strengthen my legs, hips, bum, core and shoulders.
Some I found hard and the ones I was doing at home I was doing wrong as I was hyper extending. Katie gave me pages with my excersizes on so that I could use them each day.
At 3.30pm I went to occupational therapy for a talk on stress management. I found the talk very good and helpful. We also got a copy of the slides so that we could read over it again ourselves.
On Thursday the doctors do there rounds. I was under professor Fitzgerald. I met him and he spoke about what I would get from my treatment and told me of how I must keep up the program at home.
My pool and physio times where the same this day and I really enjoyed both. I actually was excited going. each day I get more excersizes in both pool and gym. By slowly increasing reps I am teaching my body how to cope with fatigue. We would bring my muscles to fatigue to get them used to it.
On my first week I was very tired and sore later in the day. I did take naps which helped and of course painkillers. My aunt Chloe visited me on Thursday which was great to see her.
I headed home on Friday, a lot of travelling and I slept on the train. I couldn't wait to get home and see my boyfriend. I did my excersize the Saturday like Katie told me and I had no problems fitting it into my home life. I think because I love working out helps me want to keep it up at home. I dont feel like its something I have to do but something I want to do.
I was back travelling up again on Sunday. We stayed in a guest house that night before traveling to the hospital Monday morning. This week I had all new ladies in my ward. I really missed the ladies from week one as they where so nice to me. One lady June was still with me from week one.
This week I had no occupational therapy as they felt I no longer needed it. My pool was still 11:00 and physio was now 1.30pm. I moved on to new excersizes in both hydro and physio which I did love because doing the same thing all the time can get boring. From Wednesday on my pool changed to a 9:15am class. Fiona explained when I came in i wasn't able for this class but she felt I was now able to attend. It was really good tiring but good. a lot more heart pounding stuff but I wasn't afraid of my heart beat getting faster as I was when I first started and I really got into the class and felt great after doing it.
On my last day Fiona spoke to me after my pool about what I should do at home. She also gave me laminated sheets of all my workouts to do in the pool and she felt I was well able to keep it up and was delighted with how well I did with my treatment. Katie also spoke to me about home excersize and gave me my workout sheets to do at home and a gym session sheet. She went through it all with me and made sure I could understand it all and that I knew what I was doing. Both Katie and Fiona where so nice I couldn't of asked for better physios. I was so happy with everything they did for me.
The nurses and staff where so friendly and nice and helpful. I was so emotional leaving. I really miss all the ladies in my ward and the staff and nurses and the lovely Katie and Fiona.
This has changed my life for the better and I feel like a whole new women. I never thought I would feel this good and still have my illnesses. I didn't give up I did everything I was asked in the pool and physio I never said I cant do that because I believe you must have a can do attitude in order to improve your life.
If anyone is interested in going to Harold's cross your rheumatologist can refer you and you can also check out there website which I will link below.
I will keep ye updated on how I am but I havent spent a whole day in bed in pain or been exhausted in over two weeks which is amazing.
Thanks so much for reading and if ye have any questions dont hesitate to get in contact with me. I will link my social media accounts and email down below.
Lots of love,