Today is finally the day of my operation
The First Day of the Rest of My (hopefully extended) Life !!!
What I Expected
By now I am just about to be prepped for surgery…. Not sure if I go to my room.ward first…. or head straight for pre-op
This probably involves changing into a surgical gown… and maybe getting my my chest/stomach shaved… although because this is a laproscopic procedure I doubt if they will need (or want) to shave the whole lot.
I will be probably have a quick chat with the anaesthetist and surgeon (need to remind him to take photos) and will then be wheeled into the operating theatre.
What Actually Happened
Arrived in pre-op around 9:45 and got to dress in some “sexy” (not really) paper undies and a surgical gown… Also got to put on some “sexy” (not a great fashion statement but surprisingly comfortable) compression stockings which I get to wear for the duration of my hospital stay (designed to mitigate against deep vein thrombosis)
Filled in and signed some more paperwork and directed to a comfy chair to wait… No cups of tea or cookies in sight (I have been fasting – no food or liquid since 20:30 last night).
Was taken to a pre-surgical ward and got into a bed. Staff excellent – kept on asking me of I wanted a blanket… which I kept on declining (I don’t do cold). I had my tablet with me to read – and they are a bit wary at first about an “electronic” device but were cool once I said it couldn’t take photos (I don’t think it can anyway :))
Surgical Nurse came in and had a good chat about what to expect…. Anesthetist came in and explained the process, Surgeon came in and discussed the procedure… Everyone nice and chatty… got a group photo with the Anesthetist (nickname Mr Bean) and the Surgeon (Sister Snogger) before being wheeled wheeled through a maze of corridors into the operation theatre around 12:00 (1hr behind schedule).