Check ‘N Go

I’ve booked so many flights over the last few days, I really don’t know whether I’m coming or going. I seem to have multiple trips to Nottingham booked and also a return ticket to London for Wimbledon but I’ve a little hurdle to get over between now and the tennis.  I’ve got a date (not THAT sort of date, Grannymar) and I’ve got funding too.

It’s been some week.  Since hearing of the date for my surgery in Nottingham, I’ve been struggling to get funding organised for the operation. When you require treatment outside Ireland, my health insurance company stipulates that you must gain prior approval for funding. There is a long list of criteria to be met and even though I hold comprehensive insurance, funding is automatically refused if surgery proceeds without prior approval. As very short notice was given for my surgery, an urgent application was submitted for approval and we waited with baited breath all week. Thankfully, the green light was given on Friday so now my surgery can proceed.

I travel to Nottingham early tomorrow for admission to a specialist unit at the hospital where I will be prepared for image-guided surgery on my head the following day.  A recent CT scan has revealed further osteomyelitic changes in the bone above and behind my right eye. This diseased bone is in close proximity to the frontal lobe of my brain hence complex surgery is required. Years of severe sinus infections with abscess formation have left the area well-scarred.  All being well, the endoscopic surgery should be completed in 2-3 hours and I hope  to be able to return to Ireland by early next week.  That’s when the fun really starts.

Surgery for chronic osteomyelitis involves detailed follow-up. Long-term antibiotic treatment is required and I will also have a drain exiting near my eye for several weeks post-op. This drain will be used to irrigate the operated area daily with targeted drugs.  I will be taught how to carry out this procedure myself while in hospital so that treatment can be continued at home. I will then return to Nottingham again for review and to have the drain removed.

When I first heard of the date for surgery, my heart fell as I have two tickets for a day at Wimbledon. I entered my name into the public ballot last autumn and hit lucky by getting two tickets for Court No 1.  This was like a dream come true so I didn’t hesitate in purchasing them along with flights to London.  News of my surgery initially dashed these plans but I haven’t quite given up hope yet.

My review in Nottingham happens to be on the day before I was due to travel to London to attend Wimbledon. I will fly to Nottingham for the check-up and overnight there before returning to Dublin.  However, I have a second plan up my sleeve which if it works out, will be a real coup. If I feel well enough after my check-up, I plan to travel on to London by train to overnight with my twin brother who will accompany me to Wimbledon the following day. I’ll then spend a second night in London before returning home on the flight I originally booked many months ago.  This probably all sounds a bit daft right now but it’s where I have my sights set. If I do make it to Wimbledon, it’ll be the best tonic ever.

My long suffering hubby will be with me in Nottingham and so I hope to have occasional access to his laptop while in hospital. I will do my best to update you on my progress and promise not to scare you with any gorey details. I would really welcome comments and while I may not always get to answer them, I would still love to hear from you.  On that note, it’s time for me to Check ‘N Go and get organised for tomorrow. I’ll be back soon!

13 Responses to Check ‘N Go

  1. Annb says:

    Holy mother of whatever Steph, that’s quite a plan you’ve hatched! In your shoes, I would be doing the exact same thing. I remember pumping breast milk for Rory in Crumlin ICU and then legging it to a Rolling Stones concert in the Point between feeds! Planning ahead really helps in these situations. I’ll be sending all sorts of very good vibes to you from here. Wishing you warmth, good care and lots of love for the road ahead. You are amazing long may you shine!

  2. Grannymar says:

    What do you mean not THAT sort of date? Is the surgeon not a handsome hunk of a toyboy?

    Thoughts and prayers go with you for a good result and speedy recovery. Rest as much as you can and we will be waiting for your return in a few days time!

    Big Hugs.

  3. Steph says:

    Ann – Thanks 😀

    And you don’t know the half of it! I’m booked (one way) on two different flights to Nottingham tomorrow (don’t ask!) with the return flight booked for next week, from Birmingham airport. Good friends of ours (from Birmingham) will collect us from the hospital and deliver us safely to Brum airport. This will give us leeway to overnight with them if needed. Since booking all these flights, the surgeon has announced that I may not be able to fly with a drain in situ. I may have to travel home by train and fast ferry 🙄

    Grannymar – As you know, I haven’t met the surgeon yet but if he looks anything like he sounds, I won’t complain! 😉

    Don’t forget to keep the candle burning!

  4. Bendy Girl says:

    Oh Steph, good luck with all this, I’ll be sending you lots of positive thoughts! If you do have to travel by train & ferry I’d love to be able to come meet you (if you’re up to it) I’m in close proximity to Liverpool so if you are aiming for a ferry there let me know and I’ll see what I can do to help out with lifts etc.
    Best of luck and lots of love, BG xx

  5. Nancy says:

    Dear Steph,

    What a champ you are! I can only hope and pray that your surgery is extremely successful.

    I wish the very best for you and hope your plans for Wimbledon come true.

    We will be waiting to hear all about your treatments, and remember, Don’t let that Doctor examine you naked. Make him put clothes on! Hope that made you smile just like you always make me smile.

    God Bless, Steph….

  6. Steph says:

    Bendy – Thanks! 😀

    If I do pass through Liverpool, I’ll be easily recognisable. I’ll be the one wearing dark glasses with a funny looking drain yoke slung over my shoulder 😉

    Nancy – 😆

  7. Lily says:

    Best of luck Steph, you have a great attitude. You deserve only good.

  8. Steph says:

    Lily – Thank you, I appreciate that.

    I’ve just been out for a beautiful walk by the sea. I’ll enjoy thinking of all that fresh air when I’m cooped up in hospital tomorrow, miles from the sea.

  9. achelois says:

    Hoping the weather is wonderful for you in Wimbledon and will keep my bendy fingers crossed for you for forthcoming surgery.

  10. Baino says:

    Good luck Missus. Sounds like a horrible procedure and all that drainy business . .stick a bag over yer head for a couple of weeks. All going well, you’ll be watching Federer strut his stuff on centrecourt and eating strawberries and cream. I’ll be thinking of you!

  11. Steph says:

    achelois and Baino – Thanks 😀

    Rushing for airport now but will keep you posted.

  12. Knipex says:

    Jeez Step

    You really get it in bursts.

    Best of luck…..

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