It’s 7am Friday and barely 16 hours since I came out of the operating theatre. I’m still on hourly checks in an observation room with drips attached to my hand and foot, a morphine pump and an oxygen mask. Otherwise, I’m in remarkably good form. Best news of all is that the surgery went really well yesterday, the surgeon is happy with his handiwork and I’ve had no post-op complications. Today marks a new me and there’ll be no stopping me now.
Yesterday’s surgery took longer than expected, four hours to be exact. No cutting this time, just a lot of drilling to remove the diseased bone. It was all done endoscopically through my nose by image-guided surgery. I spent two hours in the recovery room afterwards before being transferred back to the unit. The pain is well controlled by a morphine pump which I can dispense as needed. My surgeon has been fantastic, totally determined to get the best result and amazingly attentive and caring.
The NHS has scored 1/10 on nursing care (more anon).
More to follow.