Just in time for Endometriosis Awareness Month: Surgery

I really don’t know how I feel about the surgery.  At first I was delighted: after waiting for four months it’s about time!  Flop me on the table and cut me open!  On the other hand, it’s another surgery.  There are inherent risks involved with surgery.  I’m also a little more wary because I’m having it done on the NHS: no private room so probably very little sleep, no specialist meal the next morning which I’m tempted to avoid by asking if I can go home on the same day.  I’d probably be better off that night with Helios looking after me than the five nurses looking after a floor full of patients.  He won’t be able to administer medications but he’d make sure I was comfortable.

I can’t help but wonder what’s been going on in there since November 2008.  My endometriosis may have taken root and flowered in the time that I’ve left it – perhaps it’s like The Secret Garden in there?  As romantic as that sounds – take it all out and tarmac over the lawn please!!  LOL

In other news I had a chat with one of the partners at work.  He said that I was not to come back to the office until I’d been cleared by a doctor to do so.  He’s obviously heard from my line-manager that I was hoping to come back to the office in the shortest amount of time possible.  I think I must have a bit of  PMT at the moment because I nearly cried when he said that my health should be my highest priority.  I feel supported by my work.  It’s a first.  No wonder I nearly cried!



4 thoughts on “Just in time for Endometriosis Awareness Month: Surgery

  1. I will be thinking of you and praying that all goes well! Both of mine were outpatient and I definitely preferred that….much more comfortable resting in my own bed than the hospital. I hope they let you do that!

  2. I have to say that what you are facing is the exact reason why so many Americans are dead against national health care and want Obama care done away with. In the meantime, I am praying for you to have a successful surgery and recovery. Tell me what else I can do for you. Love to you, Sandy

  3. Thanks very much for your comment Sandy. I will admit that the wait has been a drain to my system. However, I still believe that the stress of not knowing how/if I’d be able to pay for such a surgery would be worse for me. OK, having the extra private healthcare is always a bonus and these hospitals are so good that I likened them to “a hotel with drugs” (Private single rooms with ensuite toilet facilities are great to ensure that I didn’t disturb anyone by reading or getting up in the middle of the night!) but I’ve not had my surgery on the NHS yet. It might not be as onerous as I’m fearing. I’m expecting the surgery will be uncomfortable (which is to be expected) and that I’ll be quickly out the door because, these days, you aren’t kept in hospital for long. Perhaps the rest of the experience won’t be so bad.

    To be fair, I have had a lot of experience with my General Practitioner and I will say that it was a very odd experience to walk out of the doctor’s office without stopping at reception and paying some money. Sadly I’ve seen my GP a lot thanks to my illnesses. I’ve never paid them a cent as I was walking out of the building. I’d also like to note that I know Americans who discuss the price of the medications that their doctors give them. For me, here, I ask what I need and I get it at a price that I can afford. These are extra stresses that I just don’t experience. If I’m ill, I get help and get better. It’s not an ideal system by any stretch of the imagination but just the fact that it’s there gives me a peace of mind that I wouldn’t have in the US.

    Sorry Sandy, I’ve jumped on my soapbox here. I’m just trying to defend my system and say why I prefer it to the US system. Both systems have their flaws. Neither is really satisfactory. I find that the flaws of the British NHS are easier to tolerate than the US Health Insurance system. Others would disagree. Ultimately the Americans will have to decide again soon which direction they would like their country to go. I find it funny that I would like them to become more British – but then I think that’s because I feel more at home here than there and it would be nice to see my former home be more like me.

    Thanks for your offer of help. I am doing OK. I am counting my blessings and praying for some relief from the pain. Hopefully the surgery will be exactly what I need!
    Love to you,

  4. Hi Layla. Lovely to hear from you again.
    My surgery is in the Surgical Short Stay Unit so I’m hoping the stay is VERY short!
    I’ll keep you posted as to progress.
    Take care

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