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well thankfully Steff managed to reschedule my appointment for pre admission from 10:00hrs to 13:30hrs as the only slot to see the anaesthetist was at 15:30hrs. and that would have been a lot of time to waste in the hospital!
As it was I arrived early as Steve L. was in having seen Adam Carter yesterday,  who did his cystectomy & Prostectomy, Cathrine was with him and both were taking a very matter of fact and upbeat approach to life with a stoma – though I gather Steve L. has been ‘upgraded’ to the care of Jason Lester at Velindre and he will be scheduling a programme of chemo therapy!
I also went up to C5E to see Roger C. who is now very lethargic and weak and discussing the inevitable relatively matter of factly – cancer is all too often relentless and not kind in the end game! Roger has clearly fought the good fight as it is about 5 years since he started being destroyed by the disease – organ by organ! Anne is putting on a good act but it is a brave face for the family I fear.
Well then it was my turn to do all the paper work, with ECG etc. my heart seems to be coping remarkably well in view of the missing right artery (right coronary artery totally vlocked – Consultant Philip Campbell). The ‘rotation’ Doctor went through standard risks & details and consent forms etc.
Steff took me over to Bellevue Clinic to see the anaesthetist.
I had a long meeting with the anaesthetist going over every point and all the risks – she was VERY thorough and put my morbidity risk at 6.5% but had every confidence in the outcome especially if she is able to secure a HDU bed for after the op.
The aim is to put in an arterial line so that she gets constant read out on heart condition and stats – the aim being to intervene as soon as possible if needed. She also wants me to continue with my current drug regime which includes thinners! I am not only taking Asprin but also Clopidogrel – usually surgeons insist on these two or similar being stopped for at least a week before they operate but as my anaesthetist pointed out Anam Carter is not a pathologist and therefore it is important that she keeps me alive throughout the operation and afterwards – a detail with which I strenuously agree 😉
We will meet before the op. on Tuesday with Adam Carter and she also plans to have an associate sit in on the op. she is an ICU specialist doctor!
I can’t say I am looking forward to the experience and less so to the probable next step but November 1998 is a long time ago and the battle has been fairly non stop! There seems no reason that I can’t win this round too, having surprised the medics for the last 15 years!
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I just want to say sorry for copping out at times and leaving Lee and friends to cope!
Any help and support YOU can give her will be hugely welcome.
I do make a lousy patient!

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