29 Aug, 2020

Don’t mention the date! ….

Five days ago, on the 24th, I wrote an update on the illness.  One thing I was unsure about – whether or not to mention the hospital’s provisional date of 7 September for the PEG operation.  Clearly, given the pressures on the NHS these days, and the need to tackle the backlog of non-virus operations, the date was quite likely to change.  Unwisely I did mention it, and almost inevitably the date has now changed: the new provisional date is 14 September. That might change also.

This can get ridiculous and tiresome – and perhaps humorous – so there will be no further mention of a PEG operation date in these blog entries until it’s confirmed.

One thing I will add though is this: although I wasn’t much concerned about the operation itself, which seems to be somewhat routine, I was rather anxious about the after-effects of the general anaesthetic.  I’ve had a general anaesthetic only once, about 15 years ago, and there were unpleasant complications later.  The hospital has just told me that their process includes sedation and a local anaesthetic.  Much relief.

1 Comment

  1. Dear David,
    The time has come to share confessions with you. We both know that drinking alcohol should never be done in Saudi Arabia.
    Today I discovered my Saudi Arabian hospital card. Yes, a large number of us were welcoming the sailors from an American warship. It was a hot day. We were thirsty and the fruit juice was delicious. Unfortunately, someone had spiked it with home-made alcohol. I ended up in my university hospital with tummy trouble.
    My Saudi doctor asked me what might have caused it. I confessed to her that we had been drinking punch. ‘Banch???’ she said!
    I expected to be sent home on the next plane, but nothing happened. They kept me on for many years, even beyond the retirement age.

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