Well, we have been to the Hospital for Pete's back op pre-assessment at long last and it went pretty well. It was quite a long journey because we left earlier than necessary as Pete wanted a McDonalds breakfast but I digress!
We saw the nurse, Pete answered lots of medical questions, had an ECG and then the anaesthetist came in. She explained that they would not be happy to put Pete under general anaesthetic because of his lung and heart problems and the trachea malachia but would do the op under local instead with some sedation. Then she said they would still be doing the op they would do under general which is actually pretty invasive and would be uncomfortable and painful at times. I was a bit shocked at that but Pete was over the moon because he just wants to be rid of the chronic pain he has been in for 2 years now.
They did speak about Pete being a Day case but I doubt that very much so it will mean at least one nights stay. I know it sounds silly but after all this time and all this waiting, I am scared. I am not sure Pete really understands what it all means as he cannot have an epidural, well maybe for the battery being fitted in the buttock, but not the spinal bit. I think I will try and speak with someone when we have a date as I just do not feel re-assured. Pete has the CMR at the Brompton next Thursday so Southampton want to see the results of that too.
Sorry to rattle on a bit but it has been such a long day and I feel a bit tired and emotional. Maybe all will be clearer in the morning.
I just want to wish everyone a very Happy Easter and hope you all stay well. Take care all and thanks for reading my long post. xxxx