A lot more than serious …


Following on from my last post regarding Early Retirement, things have moved on somewhat. When I first mentioned it to K***, her initial response was that ‘… I should think about it …’. It has gone from that via ‘… I think you should really consider it …’  to ‘… think you should go for … Continue reading A lot more than serious …

Happy anniversary to me !!


The title of this post refers to the fact that it is a whole twelve months since my operation. The actual date was the 26th so any celebration should have been on Friday. Only one person mentioned anything, and that was only because they had seen it noted in my work calendar. In fact, the … Continue reading Happy anniversary to me !!

Life changer – Discharge Day


So now we come to the day that nearly spoiled the entire experience. I had been awake since 6am and my bags were packed and I had geared myself up for leaving the hospital. I felt that it could be a bit of an emotional day and was beginning to prepare for it. I had … Continue reading Life changer – Discharge Day

Life changer – “Day 2 + “


After a surprisingly quiet and reasonably comfortable night (which I can only put down to the morphine) I woke about 6:30. This became the norm for me, to wake at around the time I would have done had I been at home. Breakfast arrived at just after 08:00 and was asked if I wanted cornflakes … Continue reading Life changer – “Day 2 + “

Life changer – “Job done!!!”


This will be one of the last few of my 'Life changer' posts. As you may gather from the title, it's all over. I was admitted on the 25th of June and by 1pm on the 26th I was in the famed ICU (Intensive Care Unit). I shall not to into the gory detail of … Continue reading Life changer – “Job done!!!”

Life changer – “T” minus 10 (again)


I have a new date for my operation. This time should be a definite. They cannot bump me again. Can they? Well apparently they can. The number of ICU beds remains the same so effectively the same could happen. However, saying that, I do think that it might happen this time. Just a feeling. The … Continue reading Life changer – “T” minus 10 (again)

Life changer “T” – ‘Fu*k Knows!!!!!’


This is going to get a bit political and may be a little sweary, so be warned!! Today was going to be the first day of a new life. Today I felt the true effect of this Governments National Health Service decimation! My mitral valve repair/replacement operation was 'bumped'. Everything was in place. Respite for … Continue reading Life changer “T” – ‘Fu*k Knows!!!!!’

Life changer – “T” minus 4


Only 4 more nights until the op. I should probably call it 'a procedure' as it sounds more professional. At least, that's what they call this kind of thing on TV. I suppose calling it a procedure kind of leads you to think that this is routine. Of course, it is routine by the very … Continue reading Life changer – “T” minus 4

Life changer – “T” minus 11


Just to change the mood, only eleven more sleeps until I'm admitted. To be honest, at the moment, I have no worries about this. I say 'at the moment' because I'm not sure what the next ten days will bring. I have another appointment at the hospital on Tuesday (note to self – print the … Continue reading Life changer – “T” minus 11

Life changer + 114


You know how I said that "assessment went as well as I could have expected", well I may have been a bit premature with that statement. On Tuesday, K*** took a call from the hospital to say that there was a problem with some of the tests. I needed to get some 'body-wash' and some … Continue reading Life changer + 114

Life changer + 62 – It’s time


The dates are here! The official notification is being sent out this week, but K*** phoned the hospital and was told the dates. The Pre-Assessment is on the 14th May, and I'm due to be admitted on the 11th June, with the procedure taking place on the 12th. It's all getting very real and very … Continue reading Life changer + 62 – It’s time