Tuesday, 8 September 2009
The great escape
Parole for six weeks granted. I am a free agent again. Out of hospital and back at home again. Hurray!
I am going back in about six weeks time for the actual gall bladder operation. And then....this chapter of my life will be closed and I can move on again.
I feel so much better. I feel like a different person since this time last week. I have had a good rest, and a procedure which should help me keep clear of problems until I get the op.
About the procedure- its called an ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-pancreatography). Basically involves a camera down the throat which takes pictures and can also do fun stuff like scoop out errant gallstones and even mash them up. I have always had ( since I heard of endoscopy) an irrational fear of this procedure. Especially since you are only sedated and not unconscious. I really dreaded it. And by Monday I was like the proverbial cat on a hot tin roof. Terrified. Like a rabbit in headlights. Thinking of bolting for the hospital door ( in my dressing gown). Get the picture?
I can honestly say, for anyone is about to have one, or may have one in the future. It's completely fine. Nothing to it. I remember not a thing, and didn't even have a sore throat. It was fine. I woke up in the recovery room hiccuping and laughing. The people on the ward said I was 'awake with the fairies' for the rest of the day. At least I made them laugh. I felt relaxed and happy, and sleepy. But fine.
So, I am free again, and everyone has been so kind and supportive. I have lots of calls and texts tonight, along with emails wishing me well. I really do appreciate it, and it really does help.
So, tomorrow is another day. Onwards and upwards.