Operation Operation

If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.

Pat Riley

Well, it was my turn to go under the knife. Not something I was looking forward to but something I really wanted to get over and done with.
This country never ceases to amaze me in so many different ways. We set off to hospital at 06:40, I had to “check in” at 07:30 – We arrived quite early but at that time of the day it is impossible to predict how bad traffic may be, so we set off nice and early. The checking in procedure was very simple and in no time I was in my own private room with massive LCD TV and all mod cons, this place is more like a 5* hotel than a hospital. Within a few minutes I was surrounded by people poking, prodding and inserting needles in both arms, giving me instructions and asking me questions (mainly while I had a thermometer stuck in my gob! About 45 minutes after arriving I was being wheeled out to theatre. I had a nurse assigned to me, a lovely chap who had excellent bedside manners. I was handed over to the operating team who were equally as charming, chatty and a great sense of humour.  Most of them from the Philippines and only too happy to share about their country and tell me all about this beautiful place. I had several more injections and then it was crunch time. I was wheeled into theatre where I had a quick chat with the anaesthetist before starting to slur my words and head off into the land of nod!

I woke up a couple of hours later, minus gallbladder and with four holes throughout my stomach and chest area. I felt like if I had just woken up from a very deep sleep, fully rested and ready to face the day. I had my gallbladder next to me before it was disposed of. As well as this I also had one of the gallstones in a jar, which as you can see below, is pretty big!

gallstone

Soon after waking up I was wheeled off into my room where I was alert and ready to play a game of Uno (which I lost). An hour or so later, I was happily having some soup, jelly and apple juice. The surgeon popped in to say hi, he was quite impressed how chirpy and alert I was. He had a quick chat about the op and said all was fine. There was evidence that I had had an infection in the past which would explain a weird illness I had in 2011. Everything else was fine, he said he had a good poke around with the camera. Basically, what they did is a small incision directly above the belly button and pumped the whole are up with gas or something as this gives them a clearer view of the organs. Then made a further 3 holes for other bits and bobs. I will have the full op on DVD which I must admit I am looking forward to watching. I had spoken with him about the possibility of being discharged the same day to which he agreed. This is relatively common in the UK but not here, I am the first patient to do this. He’s a UK trained surgeon and was happy for me to do so,

By early afternoon I was transferred to another room and patiently waited to be discharged. I arrived back home by 19:00 hrs which is exactly 12.5 hrs after having left!

I went straight to bed as I am feeling pretty sore but other than that I am perfectly fine (so far), just a few pains here and there. From what I have read, the pain is mainly from when they pumped my chest cavity up in which not all the gases are released and it takes a few days to get over it.I am back in hospital tomorrow (Tuesday) for a further check up.

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