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For some reason I'm unable to post to, or indeed read, Livejournal from this hospital, but my link to Dreamwidth is up and running.

As mentioned in my last, I'm very squeamish, so don't expect to find this account full of surgical details. Suffice it to say that the op went well, and I'm recovering according to schedule. Today the dressing came off and I was able to see the surgeon's handiwork for the first time, at least in a mirror. Some bruising apart, I've got to say it looks pretty good - and yes, much more the kind of thing my brain seems to expect. Mostly at the moment I'm just relieved by the lack of outright gore, though.

I'd been really worried about having anaesthetic, not having enjoyed it all on the previous occasions (twice with gas in the dentist's chair as a child, and I still remember the nightmares I had involving the Red Queen from Alice, and twice by injection on the surgeon's slab, which left me nauseous; I recall trying and failing to direct my vomit into the inadequate kidney dish being proffered by a nurse, and overhearing her complaining about it afterwards, but after all I was only ten; being the only child on an adult ward was not fun). Anaesthetic has certainly moved on in the 38 years since the last of these occasions: it was just Out, and then Awake, no mess, no fuss. A bit like the Last Trump, probably, but without the horsemen.

Since then I've been slowly shedding wires. The day before yesterday my glucose drip went, then the canula, and the things that massage your calves to prevent embolisms, and today I waved bye-bye to my catheter - rather regretfully, truth be told, as I'd got used to not having to get up to pee. But that's progress. Meanwhile, I've graduated from Nil by Mouth to a liquid diet of sorbets and consommé, and thence to white bread, rice, and similarly unfibrous things, and today I'm being eased into normal food. Pumpkin and aubergine madras is on the menu for tonight, and I'm peckish.

Anyway, here's the view from my window. The sea is that big blue wet thing in the distance.

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Date: 2016-07-02 03:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thistleingrey
Yes, anesthesia has progressed even within the past twenty years, which is lovely. Glad your surgical procedure has gone well, and best wishes for continued recovery/healing.

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Date: 2016-07-03 02:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thistleingrey
I'm glad.

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Date: 2016-07-02 04:29 pm (UTC)
cmcmck: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cmcmck
Bruising is to be expected as is swelling.

It soon subsides!

Glad it all went well.

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Date: 2016-07-02 05:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lamentables
Hurrah for lack of gore, scheduled recovery, and a splendid hospital view!

Interested to learn that you remember your nightmares from the dentist's chair. I have powerful recollections of my own gas-induced nightmare (which contributed to my fear of dentists), and I guess our experiences would have been happening around the same time, being of an age.

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Date: 2016-07-02 05:50 pm (UTC)
kalypso: (Sleep)
From: [personal profile] kalypso
Very glad to hear you like the results and the recovery's going to schedule. And I hope you enjoy the pumpkin and aubergine madras - that's made me feel pretty peckish now, so I've just ordered asparagus with vegetables and cashew nuts from the local Chinese!

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Date: 2016-07-02 06:25 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Lord Peter Wimsey: passion)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Suffice it to say that the op went well, and I'm recovering according to schedule.

Mazel tov!

Thanks for the update and the sea.

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Date: 2016-07-03 10:14 am (UTC)
ashkitty: a redhead and a couple black kitties (Default)
From: [personal profile] ashkitty
Glad it went well! And that is a pretty great view. :)

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Date: 2016-07-03 04:16 pm (UTC)
lilliburlero: hands, a zippo lighter, text from Euripedes Bacchae 'some conjuror from the land of Lydia' (bacchae)
From: [personal profile] lilliburlero
Glad it all went well. Wishing you all the best for a continued speedy and smooth recovery!

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Date: 2016-07-04 09:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jadelennox
Glad it's going well!

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Date: 2016-07-05 04:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] redbird
I saw the LJ post that said you had been able to post more here, and have added you to my DW circle.

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Date: 2016-07-09 11:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kalypso
On mobile phone so not sure whether I'll manage to type all this but I'll try!

You featured in another dream and this time I remember it in some detail so will pass it on in the hope it's amusing in parts.

En route to a wedding, I was awaiting a rail replacement bus when I looked up and saw you waving from the front seat of the top deck of a No 7 bus (normal service, though not one known to me). You too were dressed as for a wedding so I concluded that the No 7 would also get me there, but it was too late to flag it down so I hoped I'd catch up with you on arrival.

Then I woke up, and was thinking that, trivial as the dream was, I might tell you about it, and logged on to Dreamwidth, only to find that you had been having a much more eventful time. A crazed rival academic had kidnapped your daughter and was holding her hostage in a crowded theatre auditorium. (As so often in dreams, this swiftly morphed into live action.) They were only a few rows away, but near the wall, and there was no side aisle. You did not want to lose precious time running to the middle of the auditorium, up the central aisle and back to the side. So you decided the best thing to do was to bodysurf across the rows of seats, appealing to the audience for help, which they duly gave. You thus reached your daughter and rescued her, and I woke up again, this time (I believe) properly.

I am due to go to a wedding this month, but have no idea where the rest of that came from.

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Date: 2016-07-09 09:49 pm (UTC)
kalypso: (Bravo)
From: [personal profile] kalypso
You're very welcome to borrow my subconscious any time! I was quite impressed by the bodysurfing myself.

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Date: 2016-07-18 09:32 pm (UTC)
kalypso: Holtzmann: We Can Bust It (Holtzmann)
From: [personal profile] kalypso
Guess what! Went to see Ghostbusters, and there was a very brief sequence in a crowded theatre where one of our heroines attempted to chase a flying ghost by bodysurfing! I am clearly plugged into some kind of Zeitgeist!

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