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27 Sep 2007

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Well Part 1 of my eye ops is now over! It was not nearly as traumatic (I guess you could say) as I expected, thanks to my gp coming to my surgery and the wonderful surgeon and anaethetist I had! The only irritating snag was waiting ( I really hate waiting to have ops done!) Despite being moved to 1st from 2nd on the list, I still had to wait and wait - they came and told me in the ward my surgeon was delayed due to some emergency and would be about 1/2 hour late in starting! Very irritating! But, my gosh I had no idea how wonderful having a local is over general! I have never had local before for such a relatively moderate/major op(however you see my procedure as!) I got Dormican ( I think it was) in the ward and then off I went to theatre eventually and the start began to find my veins! I really don't have any, as my gp confirmed to my anaethetist! He even threatened to send me to my anaethetist to do my blood tests when he was the only one who found one eventually in my arm! He said, thanks but no thanks!

Its definitely is NOT a type of procedure (I don't think anyway) for people who suffer from claustrophobia) - they cover your whole head with this sheet with a hole in it around the eye section - it didnt seem to bother me to start with, but towards the end I started getting really hot, but I kept telling myself to keep calm, and I seemed to be ok in the end. I literally (with the assistance of the sister of course) got off the operating table and was moved to my bed to be taken to recovery and back to the ward! What a pleasure, compared to that awful feeling you get when you come round from general! And I ate straght away when I got back to the ward (I mean really, I hadn't eaten for 9 hrs and all they gave me was 1 cheese + tomato sandwich and 1 cup of coffee!) I thought that was a bit much! Especially from the Rosebank Clinic!
But I was very happy again with the ward staff - I ended up, strangely enough, being in the same ward as when I had my kidney op - one of the nurses even remembered me and it was 3 yrs ago! I was expecting to go to the Day Ward.

All in all its not too bad - I am keeping on taking my Propain Forte every 4-6hrs for the pain - I have this lovely dressing from about the beginning of my hair line diagonally across to in line with my lip. He did my left eye yest and is going to the other one end Oct. Anyway when I left the hospital last night I had to stop by at the pharmacy on the way out - no problem, a script for R740 - of which I had to pay half - because it was non-schedule stuff! Its like an eye first aid kit - I have to take it all today to my eye specialist when I go at 12:30 - an eye tray, cotton wool, 3 sets of eye drops (I never heard of eye drops you have to keep in the fridge!) an ice pack, Sabax sodium chloride and Tears Naturale, enough to keep me going!

All my docs seem very happy with the result. The nuisance is having to go for lots of check-ups to my eye doc to monitor the progress, but I realise this is very necessary. I have to go again Tues next week and then at least 2 maybe 3 more times. My only other downside is I might have to again miss Walk for Life sessions for a while, but if I have to I have to and thats all there is to it. I have to listen to what my doc says. He was slightly worried about it being outdoors and the wind, but will tell me today about what he recommends.

Then its the same all over again 31 Oct. And then I have to get my new stocking beg Nov. Bills, bills - and they are NOT cheap!

This rain is divine!!! I want PLENTY more of it and I certainly will not be complaining!

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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Thanks for the feedback, H24 --- I'm so pleased to hear that your op went well and that you're handling it all so excellently.
Yes, some drops and meds one needs to keep in the fridge, or they can change or go off, if left out. Geting all the meds and drops, etc, right will need some careful scheduling ! And I rthink we've all experienced the costs --- the one part of it where you really NEED some pain pills is to face the bills !
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