20 Things I Learned in Hospital

Debbie Young's Writing Life

Hospital bracelets It’s a little alarming that they insist on putting a hospital identity bracelet on both wrists, as if there’s a chance you might lose an arm inadvertently during your operation so need the spare

I’ve been a bit silent on the blog the last couple of weeks, in the aftermath of a minor and benign piece of surgery that required an overnight stay in hospital. The recommended fortnight’s convalescence off work has not quite expired yet, but I’m an impatient patient.

Not Holding My Breath

cover of Breathing for Two by Wolf Pascoe Surprisingly reassuring reading before my surgery

This is the first time in nearly twenty years that I’ve undergone a general anaesthetic. The last time I was left in a slight panic when the anaesthetist told me they’d had trouble getting me breathing again afterwards. Seeing the look of horror on my face, he replied cheerfully, “Oh, don’t worry, we happened to have the best…

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