I have had my pre-op assessment appointment. It was fine although they panicked me a bit as they got a Dr to listen to my heart as the nurse thought I she could hear a murmur, but all ok. The nurse did my bloods and honestly I didn't even feel the needle going in, there were 5 samples!! I wondered if I had any left.
The main nurse in charge, Veronica was lovely and with all the booklets to read, she had underlined the pre-ops dept number and said phone if I had a question or worry even for the slightest thing. She couldn't believe I had been 26 months with my arm in a sling and started to ask how I did it, but I said I couldn't talk about it because I have flash backs and I get very weepy.. but she said crying is good for you it relieves a whole lot of stresses.
One thing I was told to do is to have 5 or 6 deep breaths every hour as my oxygen levels were low. My B/P was 110/65. I have always had low blood pressure.... and ok she added to try to lose some weight.. I was there close on
one and a half hours and I didn't have to wait at all.
The Occupational Therapist called me first and one of the questions she ask was dressing etc and would I have help after the op. I did say I found pulling up knickers difficult when I first did it, so she asked did DH help, but I said the truth I didn't wear any for 18 months. And all the usual questions, stairs, loo, showers, bed, chairs etc. Could I manage etc. at home.
It took 4 hours to get to the hospital, door to door and that was with no waiting between trains and straight onto the under ground,, so it takes quite a while. I was so tired when we got home and went to sleep in my chair. So now I am on my way to have this operation and with it being put back a week, I'll be home for Wimbledon.. great! But I must admit I am bit nervous!