The only downsides before the operation were being told I couldn’t eat or drink and I had to be in the hospital by 7:00. I did mention this to the hospital after that it was a bit silly getting me in at that time.
It was very early, and of course living quite a way from the hospital meant I was up at 5:00.
I got admitted straight away, that wasn’t a problem. I was put into a room, but my surgery didn’t take place until the afternoon.
The anaesthetist came around in the morning and said to me “look, you’re not going to be going down for a while.” She told the nurses to give me a little drink of water along with one of my daily medications that I normally take every morning.
The staff knew it wasn’t going to be until the afternoon, so technically I could have at least had a cup of tea or something in the morning and then got down to the hospital about 10:00 or 11:00 and there wouldn’t have been so much hanging about.
I think it was gone 2:00 by the time I finally went into surgery.
But other than that, it was fine.
I didn’t come out of the operating theatre until the late afternoon.
When I was settled, Professor Whitaker checked on me and showed me a video of my own operation. He said “I know you’re alright to see this because you’re an ex-nurse. It’s up to you if you want to see it” so I did.
As soon as I could get out of bed I was out, I was walking.
The nurses even passed comments that lots of younger people on the same day as they have the same surgery aren’t as good as me, up and about doing what you’ve got to do. I suppose a part of that comes from my nursing background as well.
In my pre-op, Professor Whitaker did say to me “you’ll definitely be an overnight and you may be in two nights. It depends.” In the end I stayed in the hospital for two nights.
The first night was fine. Professor Whitaker didn’t come and see me until quite late, about 9:30 or 10:00 at night, and then I had my drains removed.
I slept through the night again and went home the next morning. I felt fine going home. I knew I could expect to be a bit sore, to keep the wound clean, and to wear the corset. I think those are the most important things.