Operation tomorrow UPDATE
Just an update:
Following my op I spent a day and a half in ITU/critical care from the 29th of May and then the rest on ECU.
Made quite a quick initial recovery but the last 2 days were pretty challenging.
Ward was very hot, noisy and the food was bad almost inedible.
I really needed to go home for my sanity but a mixture of a high temperature and elevated blood results meant I stayed in an extra 2 days, however in the end I would have self discharged no matter what as I felt the environment was impacting so greatly on my health.
I was discharged on the 3rd of June.
I'm at home feeling stronger each day.
From my perspective the liver resection was a little bit tougher on me than the bowel resection but once again the pain management was faultless.
Overall Completely "doable". I'm very grateful for everything the staff have done for me. I'm alive!
The staff on ITU particularly were amazing.
Such dedication and focus over their 12 hour shifts left me in awe and very proud of our NHS.
They are certainly cut from some special cloth.
My tips following this experience:
1. Get someone to bring you something nutritious and fresh to eat each day; twice if at all feasible.
2. Group your visitors as much as possible; multiple visits can really take it out of you.
3. Be kind to yourself and get the balance right, post operation, of your rest and activity.
4. Use the resources you have to help you such as family and friends, don't be too proud to ask for help.
5. Have some pencilled in plans in the not too distant future which give you something to look forward to but don't beat yourself up if it doesn't run to plan.
6. Your emotions post op may go between the poles of happiness and being very teary. This, in my opinion is very normal. You've been through a lot.
Well it's the eve of my liver resection.
It all has that surreal feel and I know that it won't sink in until I'm gowned up tomorrow.
I got quite emotional the last time I was gowned up and waiting to go.
I didn't and don't feel that scared I think that it's at that stage the reality hits you. This is what you've got and this is what is happening.
I've just said cheerio to my little boy who doesn't know anything at the moment; my youngest daughter has come back from university to be with me; my eldest daughter is in Cambodia travelling and we are video calling most days. It's the hardest thing in some respects seeing how this affects your family who are spectators in this journey.
I had great care last time and had no pain. I hope that experience repeats itself this week and I hope I get clear margins too!
See you on the other side of the operation and I hope you've had a good bank holiday weekend