The spinal unit here in Southport is bigger and much busier, there's a lot less idle time than Middlesbrough, which despite my fondness for being rather idle is a really good thing! I'm down for about three hours of physio and extra occupational therapy time every day and, from what I encountered in my first 'proper' day they really do push you. I certainly slept well anyway (though I can't be 100% sure if that was the physio or leaving my nasal friend).
All the staff seem to be nice, I'm struggling to learn a whole new set of names and routines but I'll get there, lots of "excuse me's" and "sorry's" for the time being. And it works both ways, as they're just getting to know me too, so there have been some frustrations in the last week, spending a couple of days in bed and then limiting my time up in the chair, but it's all for good reason so I can't grumble, as it's certainly better to take some time now than end up with days of bed rest!!
The hospital itself is a wee bit older and smaller than 'boro and sadly lacks the same standard of refreshment opportunities, so visitors beware, no longer will we be going for a nice Costa, instead there's Apple Jacks Cafe, the size of a broom cupboard and a similar standard of brew! And there's also the main restaurant, that looks like a school canteen on a cross channel ferry! Obviously that's not why I'm here and I know I shouldn't grumble but I'm guessing it's part of the withdrawal symptoms from my daily Costa!
It's been pretty busy again on the visitor front since returning, as its slightly less of a planned expedition for people coming to Southport. The highlight of the visits being Mr Parr showing up a couple of times, but before his ego inflates it wasn't his presence that was the highlight, but his choice of midriff attire. For those who don't know him, he's made the big move from north to south and seems to have been somewhat liberated by it. His belt buckles where both diamanté encrusted closet busters! My favourite being the sparkly red love heart model, sadly I forgot to take a photo but I'm hoping he'll be a sport and forward one on! ( I bet he'll send you one pretty quick when he's see this one!.. Betty) ........see told you didn't I!
Thanks Mark xx