I was really excited for the pre-assessment day. The nurse at Highgate was amazing, friendly and really informative. She made me feel positive and excited that I had only 1 week to wait! She gave me clear post-op instructions too.
Sarah advised me to stay in a hotel the night before the operation and the hospital is 2 hours away from me by train so I did and was grateful for the advice, I took a friend to stay with me and we had a lovely child-free evening and the excitement was building for the op.
The morning of the op I had to arrive at Highgate at 7.30am ready for the 9.30 op, I arrived at 7am and they were ready to take me to my room, every face I saw was happy and friendly and I felt at such ease.
By 7.30 am the anaesthetist had already come to see me to explain what would happen, then the nurses arrived to do my obs, blood pressure, oxygen Sats, get me changed.
By 8.30 Dr Sojitra was in the room drawing on my chest ready for the surgery.
It was all so efficient. I wasn’t nervous at all, every time I looked at my chest it made me feel sad and I’m womanly, I know it was due to such extreme weight loss but I was so ashamed of them. At 9.20 they were at my door ready to walk me to the theatre.
Even being prepped for theatre was positive and I was laughing and chatting with all the theatre staff before I went to sleep.