Family & Friends
Our brother in-law Andy made a surprise visit too, on Thursday afternoon, between finishing at a work event and catching a flight home. I'm pretty sure the smile on Bren's face when Andy walked in was bigger than the one I got when I walked into his room for the first time. Andy's visit was followed by our gorgeous friend Holly baring delicious home made goodies.
Bren enjoyed seeing everyone, he was not worried about anyone seeing him without his leg and no one was afraid to see him without it. Not one of us enjoyed seeing him lying in a hospital bed though, because all who know him well know that doing nothing disagrees with him immensely.
Beauty, Pain and the Phantom
Beside some on-going post op pain that is being controlled by the pain team, some mild withdrawal symptoms from coming off most of the "good" drugs and a visit from his old mate gomer; the other side effect from the operation and the weirdest of all has been his phantom leg. This is truly fascinating, but in Brendan's own words could send you crazy.
He can still feel his leg there, originally it felt like it was bent in the same position it was in before the amputation. Now it is more out to the side and he experiences pain in both the foot and his knee. When I take him into the shower on the rolling shower chair he often flinches as he feels like I am going to slam his phantom leg into the door jam. I have actually accidentally banged his actual left leg into the wash basin, so I guess he has good reason to be cautious, I'm not a great driver.
The pain team have told him that eventually his phantom leg will be gone, but until then as he mends it may feel like his foot is getting closer to his stump. I don't know if that is something he will be able to get used to even if it's only for a short period of time, but the funniest thing I saw this week was when Sue sat next to him so they could get a photo together and Bren yelled out "aww you're on my leg," and then cracked up, poor Suzie nearly went through the roof!