Hi folks and thanks for chocolates, jokes and good wishes of all kinds.
Well my op has been put off until tomorrow.
They let me know in the usual round-about way... I was supposed to have my op this morning, meaning
before noon. Then around 11.30am a sister told me there was a delay in the "salon" (the operating theatre). Meanwhile I was still on my "no food or
drink" pre-op regime. I'd had nothing to drink since midnight and no food since six hours before then.
Just before 2 pm (ie half an hour ago), another nurse came in with a tray of hot food for me. Then just starting leaving. So I said, "Umm... I'm
waiting for my op."
"Oh, just a moment," she replied.
Half a minute later down came the senior sister and explained they'd had a routine surgery that became complicated and took hours longer than planned,
so my op has been re-booked for tomorrow. Neurosurgery can be very tricky at times. Stuff can just happen. That's why they have two theatres here just
for neurosurgical procedures. So, while they need to keep one surgical team and theatre on call but free 24/7, they typically have the other team on
in the mornings for scheduled stuff. If something comes up or goes badly wrong then the scheduled patients just have to wait til the next available
Sigh... So here's hoping tomorrow will be ok. Also, spare a thought for the poor patient whose routine op a few hours ago turned into a multi-hour
marathon. I hope she or he got through it okay.
I will have to go through my pre-op no food/no drink regime again tonight and into tomorrow, but heck, it's not so bad. Some poor soul went in for
what should've been a short op and has now (hopefully) woken up way later than expected.
So, I count myself lucky. The guy in the next bed in our room is here for brain surgery. Needs a tumor removed. It's benign in most ways but keeps
slowly coming back. This is his third time
for "open" brain surgery and he's just so accepting of it all. What I have is nothing compared to
what he's been going through for the past 14 years or so.
edit on 26/11/18 by JustMike because: (no reason given)