Thursday, 22 June 2017

A catch up and an operation

We knew Helen and Andy from Wand'ring Bark and the Jam Butty were down south, so had been trying to meet up with them. It didn't quite work at the weekend, but it did today. Adrian was due at midday at a hospital in Wimbledon, for surgery on his neck; for months he's had a prolapsed disc, and the solution was to remove a bone spur from the affected vertibra. As Helen and Andy would be near Hampton Court that morning, we arranged to pay them a visit. They were moored just above Molesey Lock, and we found them without difficulty. It was great to catch up and hear about their life afloat; they needed to be off by 11, and so did we to get to Wimbledon, so we went with them the couple of hundred yards down to the lock (just to say we'd been boating today!). A boat was coming up, so we jumped off at the lock landing.

At the hospital, Adrian was soon in his room and answering the same questions multiple times. He had visits from the surgeon and the anaesthetist, and about 2pm was taken off down to the operating theatre. While he was having his surgery, I walked down the hill to Wimbledon village, where every shop has a green and purple flag outside.

I had a late (and Wimbledon-priced) sandwich in a cafe, then decided to walk back a different way, taking in the All England Club on the way.

Back at the hospital it was a while before Adrian was out of the recovery room and in the High Dependency Unit for a few hours of post op observation. By the time I left, the anaesthetist and the surgeon had been to seem him, and both were happy with how it had gone ("a bloody good job", was the surgeon's verdict on his own work), and dinner had arrived. He's now back in his own room being served tea on a tray with a doily.


Xxduh_its_ gracexX said...

Get well soon Adrian. Hope the op is a complete success.
Kath & Neil (nb Herbie)

KevinTOO said...

Best wishes for a speedy and successful recovery Adrian :)

Carol said...

Speedy recovery Adrian x

Marilyn McDonald said...

A pain in the neck for a wee bit longer, no doubt, and then pain-free.
If you are up for it, we are about to start the Tardebigge flight tomorrow, still with Mick, Julia and John - so if you feel the need to try out the unspurred vertebra, give us a yell! M&Dxxoo
PS When are you next boating and where? After Birmingham, we are heading to the lower end of Four COunties Ring and then south-ish. It would be grand to catch up with you both!