Another milestone over. 7.15 Sharp the doorbell rang . Its Dave my chauffeur for the day ready to whisk me to my Appointment. As we sped along we were chatting and joking. He dropped mavis and me at the main entrance , he went to the golf range nearby. We booked in at 8 am for 8-15. Eventually a very nice nurse came to take us in. Hello my name is Ivor he said what shall I call you. I was shown to my bed and given a gown. That was a laugh. The buttons didnt fit. they were press ons. After form filling another nurse came hello my name is peter whats yours. Shortly I will take you to the Lab he said. Next another nurse. Did the usual Blood pressure and sugar levels. Back came Peter with a tray. He fitted a cannulae in my Hand. YUK!!
Next Peter came and said I will walk you to the Lab now and off we went. Then as I entered the operating room it was full of young girl nurses. As soon as I entered one took my dressing gown off. Then it happened. The silly gown with dodgy buttons dropped to the floor. So now I am standing Stark naked with my knickers etc on the floor. Oh dear! but one nurse picked it up and said sorry but the buttons arent working so you can just hold it . There in front of me is this long table, all I could think of was it looked like something from a horror movie. Stand on the stool and lay on the bed they said. Wriggle left and right up and down untill I was in position. I started shivering. Uncontrollable shivering. Oh My God am I this nervous I thought. my teeth were chattering my arms and legs were trembling like jelly. I thought how on earth are they going to work on me like this. Find a bein, they will have a job finding a leg at this rate. So I am laying on this table freezing cold when a nurse whips the only thing thats covering me off. Now another said we are just going to shave your groin. I already done that I said. Ha yes that looks ok. Now someone is washing my groin. Next I get told this may sting a bit wallop they stuck this needle in. I thought if it goes any deeper it will pin my arse to the bed. All done he said. By now I can hardly breath it’s so cold. I said it’s so cold in here, hoping they might take the hint and cover my modesty but no. They said yes its always cold in here. At last THE MAN comes in.
Hello I am going to start the procedure now. He pulled the sheet over me a little bit trapping my you know what bits ,which didn’t help much. The procedure took about 25 mins of pushing and pressing flushing etc. All done he said at last. We would like to transfer you to the bed now but you must stay flat. Do not raise your head do not move your right leg ,do not arch your back and above all do not strain. How am I going to do this I asked. Raise your left leg slide your straightened right leg a little to the right followed by your bent left one assisted by using your left elbow. Don’t use your hand you must not put pressure on it in case you damage the cannulae. So with a none to dignified and idea of modesty I am wriggling, but I eventually did it . Quickly I was returned to the ward still shivering violently . A pad was placed over the wound. Put your hand on this she said and try not to cough or sneeze and stay flat like that for 45 mins do not move your leg . Or head.
After 45 mins and a blood pressure check every 10 mins they were concerned it was too high. Then they realised it had a hole in it.. After 45 mins they raised the head a little and they continued to raise it slowly in steps untill I was sitting up. When they were happy that my BP was OK and I had stopped bleeding I was allowed to sit in a chair and then small walks in the ward for another 2 hours. Eventually THE MAN came and said OK the results are that you have one very narrowed arteryand that needs fixing. We will discuss this at our meeting and you will be advised on what is agreed the best course for you. You will probably be offered a Stent. The remainder or your arteries are OK so no problems there. When the nurses have finished with you, you can go home.
So now more forms and the removal of the cannulae in my hand. Then the cafiter in my groin can come out. All the bitts attached to me can come off I am cleaned up. Hooray I got dressed and we made our way to the main reception. Lets use the Lift Mavis said. So we climbed in . The buttons didn’t have numbers on only silly left or right arrows. Mavis pressed one nothing happened. Try that one ,the doors closed, nothing. She said that was quiet. The doors opened we hadn’t moved. Try another one, doors opened . Wrong floor. Try another one, doors close. ;;;;; Doors open ? back where we started. Oh sod this let’s get out and walk. It appeared that we were in the porters lift not the public lift. With a ladys help we found the right one and made it to the right floor. But we had to ask the way and a lady said follow me. I had a job keeping up with her. Mavis was way out front of me. Then I could see my friends smiling face. At last outside into the sunshine and across the car park and he whisked us home.
NowI have got to all this again when I have the stent fitted. But first I have to help Mavis with her next bout of Chemo. We hope the dates dont clash. Because hers its at KCC and mine is at Ashford. Anothe pig of a place to get to from here.
Anyway thats our day today. As they say Just another day at the office.