It dawned on me today, I am going VERY shortly for my next and possibly final surgery. It is in less than three weeks. Last Monday, I had my consultation with Mr Karri and it would be fair to say that he is pleased with the progress that I have made over the past few months. So much so, that he thinks it is possible that I will have the outcome that I hope after the next surgery! That’s great news for me and also means that I can spend the extra money on a new kitchen with all the extras to it I want!
He is going to take another 6l approx from the back of my calves, work more on my knees (above) and I am going to need a significant amount removed from my front thighsFrom the picture it is now really evident that I have a decent gap between my thighs and that this makes things so much comfortable for me to walk!
I don’t really mind where he is going to remove ‘it’ from because I know that he will make all the right choices in order to get me the best possible outcomes. I am keen however, for him to take away as much as he can.
If this is my last surgery I am going to need to leave my arms for now. I was hoping to prevent the development of larger arms by having removal from them now before they got too bad. This will probably be factored into a more longer term goal now.
My poor Dad (who was kind enough to fund my first two surgeries) has paid the surgery in full now and the date is really looming now! Steven has taken this week off work because it is half term and he is going to take me for a pre-surgery mini break to The Grand Amrath Hotel in Amsterdam for a few nights. He knows that I am really nervous this time and we both agreed a few nights in five star luxury (in a suite no less!) was really going to do me the world of good. This summer is going to be non existent for me this year because I won’t be well enough to take a holiday! Sadly, I have a lot of work bits and pieces to tie off before I leave for summer so I can only manage a few days break this half term- what a shame!!
I was thinking about the things that I am going to need to take with me to hospital because last time I took way to much stuff that I didn’t need and ended up with a few bags. This time I will know exactly what to expect and therefore will only be taking one bag for sure:
- compression garments
- face cream and lip balm
- wet wipes
- phone charger
- something to read
- side-tie knickers
- clean t-shirt
- dry shampoo
- my lovely Lacoste blanket
- large cashmere wrap to go home in
I don’t think that I could have wanted for anything else. My Mum, who is currently cruising in Russia, has already ordered my dressings. Can you believe that you don’t have any given to you at the hospital? I had some really nice ones which were actually really expensive (£2.90 each) and you need 12 per dressing change. The cheap ones just ripped off when you pulled the compression up which was both painful and annoying.
My swabs for my nose and perineum have been done and sent off and tomorrow I need to call my lovely GP to organise my blood tests to be done.