Its amazing how a life changing experience can change your view on things. Gone are the days when I hate getting up in the morning, now I just have to think back 3 years to remind myself of the days when that wasn't an option for me for around 2 months whilst in hospital.
After a month of sedation on a ventilator, followed by another month of lying on my back unable to even roll over on my side without the nurses on ICU doing it for me I managed to get out of my bed for 30 minutes and it wasn't what I expected.
A brilliant nurse called Ray came to me and asked if I would I like to sit out in the chair next to the bed. I said yes why not, lets give it a go. Off he went and soon returned with a crane on wheels, very similar to the one I used to use at the garage for lifting engines out of cars. He wrapped a kind of cradle around me and then hooked that to the crane on wheels. Next thing he was pumping away on a leaver and up I went. I was still connected to drips, wires, and high flow oxygen so quite a bit of care had to be taken but he slowly managed to wheel me around above a very modern looking reclining chair and gently lowered me into it.
That's when the fun really started, even though I was only sitting in a chair which for some reason I thought would be easy I soon realized this was going to be very hard work. I was breathing flat out and really struggling to hang in there, There was a lot of worried eyes on me as nurses and consultants were watching to see If I could cope. Well I did hang in there for 30 minutes but by then I was screaming at them all to get me back to the sanctuary of my bed.
What a nightmare that was but I kind of knew there was more of the same ahead and that sitting in that chair was the start of the biggest challenge I've ever faced, getting back on my feet. This took another 2 months of similar torture by the physio terrorists but I made it.
Its no wonder that I find it so easy to get out of bed these days is it!!!
Tony never give up guy's if you hang in there long enough things can really get better even from the worst possible position.