Hi everyone. I'm currently in that limbo stage of waiting for a date for AVR and so am trying to work out some of the practical logistics. My wife is, naturally, planning to take time off after my op to help with my recovery but, as her employer isn't being exactly generous with paid leave (just one week), I wanted to ask if anyone has any views on the value of her taking time off while I am in hospital vs time off once home?
She had originally assumed she'd probably be with me at the hospital for the whole time I was in and will, I am sure, want to be on site when I go under and immediately pre-op and then on discharge, but how valuable otherwise is it to have someone around in hospital when (I assume) you should otherwise be in good hands?
She obviously wants to maximise her paid leave, although she is expecting she will probably also need to take some unpaid leave. So I was wondering what anyone else's experiences have been, although I appreciate everyone will differ? Getting up and down to the hospital is doable (even if a bit of a trek by train) and so eeking out her paid leave by commuting up and down a bit could feasibly be doable, just about. I also do have various siblings who are likely to be keen to visit and fuss about.
Also, I'm going to be in St Thomas' in London - so does anyone have any views on or experience of what the family accommodation there is like? Anything we need to know? We have three teenage/20s daughters - two who will be coming down from uni and then, I imagine, returning - so we may be quite a crowd for at least a few days.
Many thanks in advance! Nic