By Hayley from Halesowen
It’s 6am and I am feeling so many things: excited, nervous, confident with my surgeon but curious about the sedation. Will I be one of those patients who talks during surgery? Will I feel different afterward? And when, oh when, can I have a cup of coffee?!
My sister is travelling with me to The Westbourne Centre and then my husband will be there to pick me up soon afterwards. For now I must jump in the shower.
8:15 am We’re sitting in the recovery room now, Mr Nishikawa has popped in and said “hello”, talked me through the operation and made the necessary marks on my chest. A lovely nurse has gotten me all changed and ready. Next in should be the anaesthetist to discuss the local anaeasthetic and sedation. I can hardly believe this is happening!
11:15am Wow! I’ve already had TWO cups of coffee, a sandwich and some fruit, I’m dressed and about to leave The Westbourne Centre. Mr Nishikawa said the surgery went really well, textbook really. My bandages look good, I’ve had a Paracetamol and now I’m ready to go home, see my boys and have a nap.
6pm Less than 10 hours after surgery and I am feeling great. Even all bandaged up I have quickly tried on a couple of summer dresses and am so thrilled with how much more I fill them out. My family has been so good to me tonight, my husband especially. Even the boys have made dinner and brought me tea in bed. I haven’t had any more paracetamol although I will have two before bed just to ensure I am able to sleep through the night. I do have one question to ask the nurse when she calls: Can I remove the small sticky bandages that go under my arm and re-position them, they’re itching a little?