NHS 3rd installment.

Had my operation yesterday afternoon and I’m just starting to feel okay. The anaesthetic takes a while to wear off but I should be able to enjoy a nice meal later without bringing it back up. Sorry, too much information however, back to yesterday. I arrived on time, 1pm, armed with my dressing gown and a book which I managed to get through 230 pages before it was time for my epidural! I think that this is what most women have before they go into labour (give birth not join a political party) and as I lay there on my side with my knees tucked under my chin I felt a certain empathy with the daughters of Eve.I’ve never been a patient before so it was all a bit scary however, I was pleased to learn that I wasn’t going to be put to sleep whilst they operated on me. The staff were all excellent from the surgeon who I had previously been a little unsure of right down to the nurse who brought me a cup of tea and a beef sandwich following my operation.  I was able to watch the surgeon operating on my knee via a TV screen above the bed which was a bit surreal to say the least. I could see the scalpel chopping away at what looked like white ferns and a tool which resembled one of those nose hair trimmers slicing away bits of bone from my knee joints. The actual operation took about 45 minutes and apart from feeling some discomfort  when the surgeon attempted to twist my right leg into a figure eight shape, it wasn’t unpleasant. The knee is a bit sore today but I can walk on it and after a few days it should be business as usual except that I am not allowed to drive for two weeks whilst my knee completely heals. All I want now is to be able to get back to my Zumba sessions and Ballroom dancing as soon as I possibly can.

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About hovisb

Retired socialworker specialising in substance misuse and mental health (Dual Diagnosis). Previously worked in management. Enjoys culture, especially music, literature and art. Animal lover.
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