The most significant thing to happen since I last wrote has probably been the night I spent in the Day Unit. Room 1, having been quite toasty generally, suddenly became absolutely glacial on Sunday evening. I think it was approaching absolute zero.
Somehow I survived Sunday night (sleeping in my dressing gown and woolly hat, with at least 4 blankets), but on Monday I realised just how cold the room was, and spent the entire day out on the ward. The kindly Day Unit even let me squat in one of their comfy chairs! The engineers had been called regularly throughout the day, but never appeared.
So night-time arrived, and the nurses agreed that there was no way I could be expected to sleep in the Room 1 freezer… So, the Day Unit it was! It’s not really designed to be slept in, but it was lovely and warm, and I got a good night’s sleep, as well as a slight frisson at being somewhere I shouldn’t really have been…
The one drawback was, of course, that being the Day Unit, it needed to be used during the day, so at 8am I had to leave my warm sanctuary and venture back to the Arctic. Fortunately by now another patient no longer needed their portable heater, so climbing into bed in Room 1 (again armed with 4 blankets, dressing gown and woolly hat) was just about bearable.
And now at last they seem to have sorted the heating out! My room is at more of a normal temperature, and I can control it to some extent with the portable heater. It did mean, though, that having gone to bed all wrapped up in blankets etc, I woke up bakingly hot! You can’t win…
As for my own temperature, it seems generally to be better, though whenever I think it’s settled down for good, it seems to spike. It hasn’t for a couple of days now, so fingers crossed. I did wonder at one point whether my room temperature had been dropped so low in order to try to keep my temperature down!
I’ve been a bit less fed up with being in since I’ve been off IV fluids, and therefore able to wander the ward, but it is frustrating not having any idea when I might get out. Soon, I hope!