My mother brought some porridge, which she had cooked herself.
ward is a seperate room or area in a hospital for people with the same type of medical condition - a maternity ward.
As verb it sounds a bit old fashioned. I would say and - had to be hospitalized
Cracked some jokes is good but I would prefer told some jokes.
We said goodbye sounds less serious than bade her goodbye.
and promised to come back the next day.